PhD, University of Geneva
Thomas Schultz is a Swiss National Science Foundation Research Professor in the International Law Department at the Graduate Institute. His primary area of interest is transnational business law. This includes issues in international law (mostly private international law, but also public international law to a certain extent), commercial law, and legal philosophy. He has also occasionally used methods and theories from legal sociology and law & economics. His four books deal with questions regarding the concept of transnational stateless law, international arbitration, the rule of law, and e-commerce and Internet law. Other publications span investment arbitration, the history and general theory of private international law, consumer protection, and a few other subjects. His current focus, and his main project at the Graduate Institute, is on the use, meaning, and potential of the principle of comity as a foundational cornerstone of private international law. His work has been awarded the Jubilee Prize of the Swiss Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has taught or conducted research at King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, the Catholic University of Lille, the University of Essex, the University of Geneva, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Thomas Schultz is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford University Press) and is on the editorial or advisory boards of the Journal of Technology in International Arbitration (Juris), the Czech & Central European Yearbook of Arbitration (Juris), the Journal of Philosophy of International Law, formerly of the Revue du droit des technologies de l’information (Larcier), and the book series Philosophy, Public Policy & Transnational Law (Palgrave-Macmillan). He is also the Chairman of the prize committee for the James Crawford Prize in International Dispute Settlement and the Trustee of the Rusty Park Prize in International Arbitration (both awarded by Oxford University Press). He is a Member of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project of the International Diplomatic Academy and a Member of the UK Committee on Publication Ethics.
Recent scientific activities :
Inaugural speaker, Colloquium Series Perspectives in Transnational Law, Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London, 2 September 2014 (paper on “Why Do We Call It Law?”).
Introduction and chair, ICC Governing Bodies Meeting, “Business Dialogue with International Organizations”, 25-27 June 2014, Geneva (topic “Prospects for a Multilateral Framework on Investment”).
Participant in the Conference on “The Theory and Philosophy of Globalisation of law”, Oxford University and CNRS Centre de Théorie et Analyse du Droit, Oxford, 18-19 November 2013 (paper on “Justice Beliefs as Obstacles to Transnationalism: Contrarian Lessons from International Consumer Protection”, with Florian Grisel).