Raj K. Bhala

School of Law - Law School
Brenneisen Distinguished Professor
Raymond F. Rice Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
785.864.9224
Green Hall, 410
University of Kansas
1535 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

Raj is the inaugural Leo. S. Brenneisen Distinguished Professor (2017-present) at the University of Kansas School of Law, before which he held the inaugural Rice Distinguished Professorship (2003-2017). Both are university-level chairs, the highest accolade for scholarship and research in Kansas. He has served as KU's Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law (2011-2017).

Raj practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he twice won the President's Award for Excellence, thanks to his service as a delegate to the United Nations Conference on International Trade Law. He is Senior Advisor to Dentons U.S. LLP, the world's largest law firm, focusing on international and comparative legal matters.

A Harvard Law School graduate, he completed Masters degrees at LSE and Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and an undergraduate degree at Duke as an Angier B. Duke Scholar.

Raj is author of one of the world's leading textbooks in international trade law, International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, and the first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, Modern GATT Law. He is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write a textbook on Islamic Law, Understanding Islamic Law (Shar?'a). His newest book is on the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP Objectively, and he is working on one on India, Business Law of Modern India.

"On Point" is his monthly column, which BloombergQuint (India) publishes (www.bloombergquint.com).

Raj is an avid long-distance runner and has completed three of the "World's Major Marathons" (Boston, Chicago, and New York), and is a student of Shakespeare and Hindi.

Raj's Wikipedia entry is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Bhala.

Education

Research

Research Interests:

(1) International Trade, especially: linkages among poor countries, development economics and social justice theory; national security and peace through trade; and traditional trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing duties, and safeguards).

(2) Islamic Law (Shar?'a), especially Classical Theory, Islamic Finance, Sh???sm.

(3) International Law and Literature.

(4) Law of India.

Service

Administrative Responsibilities:

(1) Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law (8/11-12/17)

(2) Significantly responsible for creating and running the Two Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program for Foreign Trained Lawyers (3/04-present), Certificate in International Trade and Finance Program (3/04-present), and Doctorate of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Program (5/06-present)

(3) Negotiated, drafted, and completed Memoranda of Understanding with several law schools in India, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

See Emily Sharp, KU Partners with India's Top Law Schools, KU TODAY, 10 April 2014, http://news.ku.edu/ku-law-partners-indias-top-law-schools

(4) University Distinguished Professor Steering Committee (6/04-6/07, re-elected 6/07-6/10, 6/10-6/12)

(5) University Committee on Distinguished Professorships (advises Provost on selection of DPs) (9/04-6/07)

(6) Law School Distinguished Professorship Committee (advises Law School on standards for, and selection of, DPs) (9/03-present)

(7) Executive Board, Kansas African Studies Center (5/06-5/09).

(8) Graduate and International Programs Committee (8/03-present, Chair, 8/12-8/17)

(9) Faculty Advisor, St. Thomas More Society (1/04-present)

(10) Faculty Advisor, Islamic Law Students Association (ILSA) (8/11-present)

(11) Co-Faculty Advisor, International Law Society (10/03-present)

(12) Co-Faculty Advisor, Asian Law Students Association (8/07-present)

Selected Publications

Bhala, R. (2019). TPP Objectively: Legal, Economic, and National Security Dimensions of CPTPP [Books]. In Carolina Academic Press (p. Approximately 1,000). Carolina Academic Press.
Bhala, R. (2019). International Trade Law: A Comprehensive Textbook  Volume One: Interdisciplinary Foundations and Fundamental Obligations 1,494 pages  Volume Two: Customs Law and National Security 648 pages  Volume Three: Remedies 1,060 pages  Volume Four: Preferences, Labor, Environment, and Intellectual Property 1,146 pages [Books]. In Carolina Academic Press (p. Four Volumes, each approximately 1,100 pages). Carolina Academic Press.
Bhala, R., Gantz, D., Keating, S. B., Simões, B. G., & Witmer, E. (2019). WTO Case Review 2017 [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International Law, 35(2018). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3389433
Bhala, R., & Wood, C. N. (2019). Two Dimensional Hard-Soft Law Theory and the Advancement of Women’s and LGBTQ + Rights through Free Trade Agreements [Journal Articles]. Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 47(2), 299–366. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3376051
Bhala, R. (2018). The Resurrection of Import Substitution [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/the-resurrection-of-import-substi...
Bhala, R. (2018). Trump’s “Principled Realism” Versus China’s Belt And Road Initiative [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/trumps-principled-realis...
Bhala, R. (2018). Lessons About NAFTA Renegotiations from Shakespeare’s Othello: From the Three Amigo’s to America as Iago? [Journal Articles]. Maryland Journal of International Law, 33(Issue 1, Fall 2018), 38–105. https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/mjil/vol33/iss1/4/
Bhala, R. (2018). NAFTA 2.0 Negotiations: Nasty And False Trumpeting Again [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/09/12/nafta-20-negotiations-...
Bhala, R. (2018). India At 71: Can India Fill A China Trade Gap?, [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/08/13/india-at-71-can-india-...
Bhala, R. (2018). Trade War Begins: Why China’s Growth Doesn’t Work For America Anymore [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/preview/story/LD64-y3zmqqH3KuFHWgWVV8XJQR...
Bhala, R. (2018). “America First” Need Not Mean “India Second” [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/06/08/america-first-need-not...
Bhala, R. (2018). Reserve Bank of India [Book Chapters]. In R. Lastra & P. Conti-Brown (Eds.), Research Handbook on Central Banking (pp. 68–93). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-handbook-on-central-banking
Bhala, R. (2018). What Trump Can Learn From Nixon About Iran [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/05/04/what-trump-can-learn-f...
Bhala, R. (2018). Steel, Aluminium, and The New Trade War [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/03/05/steel-aluminium-and-th...
Bhala, R. (2018). Would A China-U.S. Trade War Be “Just”? [Other]. In R. Bhala (Ed.), Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/03/30/would-a-sino-american-...
Bhala, R. (2018). Trump Trade Policy Incoherence [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/02/14/trump-trade-policy-inco...
Bhala, R. (2018). Business Law of Modern India [Books]. http://www.cap-press.com
Bhala, R. (2018). Indian Argumentation in the 2015 Poultry Case [Book Chapters]. In E. Ulrich Petersmann, H. V. Singh, & G. R. Kumar (Eds.), India and WTO: Law, Economics, and Politics. Routledge. http://www.routledge.com
Bhala, R. (2018). Iran: Why This Time Is Different, And What’s Next [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/01/09/iran-why-this-time-is-...
Bhala, R. (2017). India’s Long Road -- The Search for Prosperity [Book Reviews India’s Long Road -- The Search for Prosperity ]. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 14(3), 393–396. University of Manchester. https://www.electronicpublications.org/stuff.php?id=682
Bhala, R. (2017). Solve the Indo-American Food Fight and Save the WTO Farm [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/12/07/solve-the-indo-american...
Bhala, R. (2017). Understanding Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/11/18/understanding-mohammed...
Bhala, R. (2017). Targeting International Trade in Conventional Weapons [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/10/14/targeting-internationa...
Bhala, R. (2017). TPP, American National Security, and Chinese SOEs [Journal Articles]. World Trade Review, 16(4 (October 2017)), 665–671. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/world-trade-review/article/tpp-a...
Bhala, R. (2017). NAFTA: No A’s For Trump’s Administration [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/09/19/nafta-no-as-for-trumps...
Bhala, R. (2017). India at 70: Unwinding the Partition with GATT [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/08/13/india-at-70-unwinding-...
Bhala, R., Gantz, D., Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2017). WTO Case Review 2016 [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 34(2), 281–460. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3015491
Bhala, R. (2017). Modi’s U.S. Visit Was Underwhelming. Here’s How It Could Be Different. [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/06/28/modis-us-visit-was-und...
Bhala, R. (2017). What America Can Learn From India About Iran [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/06/14/what-america-can-learn...
Bhala, R. (2017). A Quiz on International Trade and National Security [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/05/21/a-quiz-on-internationa...
Bhala, R. (2017). Exposing the Forgotten TPP Chapter: Chapter 17 as a Model for Future International Trade Disciplines on SOEs [Journal Articles]. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 14(1), 2–49. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2963010
Bhala, R. (2017). Trump Trade Policy Creates Opportunities For India [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/04/14/trump-trade-policy-cre...
Bhala, R., Ku, J., Howse, R., & Weiss, M. (2017). Debate 2016 – To TPP or Not TPP? Should the U.S. Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Other International Trade Agreements? [Journal Articles]. Journal of International Business and Law, XVI(1 (Winter 2016)), 52–74. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2932360
Bhala, R. (2017). Is Trump Raj Trade Policy Narcissistic Populism? [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India) (Vol. 2017, Issue March 17). Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/03/17/is-trump-raj-trade-pol...
Bhala, R. (2017). Defining ‘America First’ In The Trump Raj [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (Bloomberg India): Vol. February 18, 2017. Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/02/18/defining-america-first-...
Bhala, R. (2017). [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/01/20/the-trump-raj-begins-bu...
Bhala, R. (2017). Given the Breadth and Depth of Law, Job Opportunities are Splendid (Chapter 10) [Book Chapters]. In K. Vaidya (Ed.), Law for the Curious: Why Study Law? (pp. 96–100). Curious Academic Publishing. https://www.linkedin.com/today/posts/kishor-vaidya-phd+0_0-8fBCGHmxktQKV...
Bhala, R. (2017). Nine Dashes, lliberal Trade Interests, TPP, and Vietnam [Journal Articles]. Brown Journal of World Affairs, XXIII(2). https://www.brown.edu/initiatives/journal-world-affairs/about
Bhala, R. (2017). TPP, American National Security, and Chinese SOEs [Journal Articles]. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper Series , January 2017(No. RSCAS 2017/03), 22. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2906370
Bhala, R. (2016). Does India Matter to the U.S. Presidential Candidates? [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India) (Vol. 2016, Issue November 7). Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2016/11/07/does-india-matter-to-th...
Bhala, R. (2016). Will India Be “Great Again” Too With President Trump? [Other]. In Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2016/11/09/is-india-made-great-aga...
Bhala, R., Gantz, D., Keating, S., & Simões, B. (2016). WTO Case Review 2015 [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 33, 505–629. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2869165
Bhala, R. (2016). TPP Objectively: Law, Economics, and National Security of History’s Largest, Longest Free Trade Agreement [Books]. http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611639599/TPP-Objectively-Shippi...
Bhala, R. (2016). Legal Instruments of Political and Economic Competition: TPP T&A and Automotive ROOs [Journal Articles]. Indian Journal of International Economic Law, 8(1 (2016)). https://www.nls.ac.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12:in...
Bhala, R. (2016). Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a), 2nd Edition [Books]. http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781632849502/Understanding-Islamic-...
Bhala, R. (2016). Trans Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Controversies [Book Chapters]. In J. Chaisse & T.-Y. Lin (Eds.), A “Liber Amicorum:” Mitsuo Matsushita, A Critical Assessment of the International Economic Law and Governance. Oxford University Press.
Tan Bhala, Dr. K., Yeh, Mr. W., & Bhala, R. (2016). International Investment Management: Theory, Practice, and Ethics (p. Approximately 600) [Books]. Routledge.
Bhala, R. (2015). Design and Challenges of Banking and Foreign Exchange Regulation in India [Journal Articles]. Asian Business Lawyer, 16(Fall), 27–72. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2713939
Bhala, R. (2015). Dictionary of International Trade Law (Issue 3rd, p. 1,576) [Books]. Lexis Nexis.
Bhala, R., Gantz, D., Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2015). WTO Case Review 2014 [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 31(2), 497–646. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2597356
Bhala, R. (2015). International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook (Issue 4th, pp. 2 Volumes (2,957 total pages), Volume I (1,458 pages) II (1,499 pages)) [Books]. Lexis Nexis.
Bhala, R., & Cooper, M. W. (2015). Decentralized Trade Liberalization [Book Reviews Decentralized Trade Liberalization]. World Trade Review, 2014.
Bhala, R. (2015). Is India Special Enough for the 301 List? [Newsletter Articles]. In India Law News (Vol. 7, Issue 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 1, 6–11). American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law, India Committee. http://apps.americanbar.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=IC906787
Bhala, R. (2015). Fighting Iran with Trade Sanctions [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 31(2), 251–356. http:// http://ssrn.com/abstract=2567334
Bhala, R., Gantz, D. A., Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2015). WTO Case Review 2013 [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 31(2), 475–510. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2556996
Bhala, R., & Cooper, M. W. (2014). Liberalizing International Trade after Doha: Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional and Unilateral Initiatives [Book Reviews Liberalizing International Trade after Doha: Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional and Unilateral Initiatives]. World Trade Review, 13(4/2014), 721–724. http://journals.cambridge.org
Bhala, R. (2014). Trans-Pacific Partnership or Trampling Poor Partners? A Tentative Critical Review [Journal Articles]. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 11(1), 2–59. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2427377
Bhala, R. (2014). First Generation Indian External Sector Reforms in Context [Journal Articles]. Special 5th Anniversary Issue on India and the World Economic Order, 5(1/Summer 2013), 7–42. http://ssrn.com/abstract=2393647
Bhala, R., & Keating, S. B. (2014). Diversity within Unity: Import Laws of Islamic Countries on Haram (Forbidden) Products [Journal Articles]. The International Lawyer, 47(3), 343–406. http://ssrn.com/abstract=2467786
Bhala, R. (2013). Modern GATT Law: A Treatise on the Law and Political Economy of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and Other World Trade Organisation Agreements [Books]. Thomson Sweet & Maxwell. http://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/Catalogue/ProductDetails.aspx?productid...
Bhala, R. (2013). Four Points about Trade and Human Rights [Book Chapters]. In P. A. Rahman Chowdhury, University of Dhaka, Faculty of Law, Dhaka, Bangladesh, P. J. H. Bhuiyan, P. I. Carr, & P. S. Alam (Eds.), International Trade Law and the WTO (pp. 354–390). Federation Press. http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878792
Bhala, R., & Gantz, D. A. (2013). WTO Case Review 2011 [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 29(2), 287–476.
Bhala, R., & Keating, S. B. (2013). When are Rare Earths Raw Materials? Emerging GATT-WTO Jurisprudence on Export Restraints [Journal Articles]. International Trade Law and Regulation, 19(1), 1–8.
Bhala, R., Gantz, D. A., Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2013). WTO Case Review 2012 [Journal Articles]. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 30(2013), 207–419. http://ssrn.com/abstract=2316418
Bhala, R. (2011). Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a) (Issue 1st ed.) [Books]. LexisNexis.
Bhala, R. (2008). International Trade Law: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice (Issue 3d ed.) [Books]. Michie 1st ed. 1996, LexisNexis 2d ed. 2001, LexisNexis.
Bhala, R. (in preparation/progress; not yet submitted). Law, Literature, and Rhetoric [Books]. In Carolina Academic Press (p. Approximately 750 pages). Carolina Academic Press.
Bhala, R. (submitted/in review). Precedent in WTO Practice and Indian Jurisprudence [Book Chapters]. In B. Mercurio & S. Lester (Eds.), Research Handbook on WTO Dispute Settlement. Edward Edgar Publishing, Inc. http://www.e-elgar.com/

Selected Presentations

Bhala, R. (10/4/2018). Merits and Demerits of Trump Administration Trade Law and Policy. Are Trade Wars “Easy to Win” or Even Worth Having? A Debate on the Trump Administration’s Trade Policy. Hofstra Law School. https://lawevents.hofstra.edu/?eID=3124
Bhala, R. (10/18/2018). The Three-Dimensional International Trade War: Strategic Positioning for Canada in WTO, NAFTA, and Bilateral Battles. The Conference Board of Canada. Canada (nationwide, broadcast across all 5 time zones). https://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=9840
Bhala, R., & Wood, C. N. (5/10/2018). Advancing Women’s Rights Through “Hard” Law in Free Trade Agreements. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University and University of Kansas Schools of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A
Bhala, R. (5/17/2018). Recent Developments in International Trade Law at the Multilateral, Regional, and National Levels. Recent Developments in the Law. University of Kansas, School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A
Bhala, R., Smith, J. M., & Anguelov, N. (1/30/2018). Iran: Historic, Economic, Legal, and Policy Challenges and Opportunities. Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela in the Crosshairs: What Your Company Needs to Know About the New U.S. Sanctions. The Knowledge Group, Jersey City, New Jersey. https://www.theknowledgegroup.org
Bhala, R. (11/30/2017). American Perspectives. NAFTA 2.0 -- Negotiations and Beyond, World Trade Center of Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. https://membership.kcchamber.com/events/details/nafta-2-0-negotiations-b...
Bhala, R. (10/20/2017). Lessons About NAFTA Renegotiations from Shakespeare’s Othello: From the Three Amigos to America as Iago?. The U.S.–Mexico Relationship in International Law and Politics, Maryland Journal of International Law Symposium, The University of Maryland, School of Law
Bhala, R. (8/31/2017). An American Perspective on NAFTA's Past, Present, and Future. The Conference Board of Canada. Canada (nationwide, broadcast across all 5 time zones). http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=8964
Bhala, R. (6/1/2017). India, China, and Turbulence in International Trade Law and Policy. Chapman Tripp (Law Firm). Auckland, New Zealand. https://www.chapmantripp.com
Bhala, R. (6/9/2017). Islamic Banking and Finance. University of Auckland, Faculties of Law and Business, New Zealand Legal Research Foundation. Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.legalresearch.org.nz/events.aspx
Bhala, R. (6/8/2017). Reinterpreting Islamic Law on Issues from Women to War. University of Auckland, Faculties of Law and Business, New Zealand Legal Research Foundation. Auckland, New Zealand. https://youtu.be/UvEHGS3bXdA
Bhala, R., & Kelsey, J. (5/30/2017). A Dialogue on the Future of TPP -- And What Now For New Zealand?. University of Auckland, Faculty of Law. Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.law.auckland.ac.nz/en.html
Bhala, R. (5/31/2017). From Law and Literature to International Law and Literature: Scholarly and Pedagogical Innovation for Globalisation. University of Auckland, Faculty of Law, Staff Seminar. Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.law.auckland.ac.nz/en.html
Bhala, R., & Witmer, E. (5/2/2017). Interpreting Interpretation: Methods from American Jurisprudence and Literary Theory to Decide WTO Appellate Body Cases. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. http://www.washburnlaw.edu/
Bhala, R. (4/8/2017). Overview of Special Treatment for Agricultural Products in the World Trading System. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference, Panel on “Wine, Cheese, and the High Life: Trade Barriers, Geographical Indications, and Other Challenges to Free Trade in Coveted Agricultural Products.”. Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.ipba2017.com/program/program-overview/saturday-8th/wine-chees...
Bhala, R. (4/8/2017). Services Trade Liberalization in TISA and TPP. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference, Panel on “Free Trade in Services or Not?: Efforts and Difficulties to Liberalize Trade in Services.”. Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.ipba2017.com/program/program-overview/saturday-8th/free-trade...
Bhala, R. (2/9/2017). The Legal, Economic, and National Security Dimensions of the Trans Pacific Partnership. University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. https://youtu.be/OhKxrCBNTHw
Bhala, R. (1/4/2017). A Conversation with Michael Froman (United States Trade Representative). Council on Foreign Relations (Not for Attribution). Washington, D.C. (via teleconference). http://www.cfr.org
Bhala, R. (1/26/2017). Evaluating TPP. Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Colloquium. University of Kansas, Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science, Lawrence, Kansas
Bhala, R. (11/3/2016). Fact Checking: Anti-Trade Rhetoric -- U.S. Political Perception and Brexit Reality. Dentons, World Trade Center of Kansas City, and Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Board Room, Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri
Bhala, R. (11/6/2016). Penetrating the Rhetoric on Key Election Issues. Unitarian Universalist Forum. All Souls Unitarian Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Bhala, R. (11/5/2016). Significant Islamic Legal Issues. Kansas National Guard, Annual Conference. Topeka, Kansas
Bhala, R. (10/25/2016). Analyzing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Objectively. Faculty Workshop. University of Kansas, School of Law
Bhala, R. (10/5/2016). Chinese SOEs, National Security, and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in China: Trade and Competition Issues. Columbia Law School, New York, N.Y
Bhala, R. (9/15/2016). Legal and Political Legitimacy of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Pre-Presidential Debate Conference on International Trade Agreements and the 2016 Presidential Election. Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, N.Y
Bhala, R. (8/4/2016). International Trade Law, National Security, and the New Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Mount Oread Leadership Series, Strategic Broadening Seminar; Leading in a Global Environment. University of Kansas, Adams Alumni Center
Bhala, R. (8/4/2016). Islamic Law. Mount Oread Leadership Series, Strategic Broadening Seminar; Leading in a Global Environment. University of Kansas, Adams Alumni Center
Bhala, R. (5/5/2016). TPP Objectively: Law, Economics, and National Security of History's Largest, Longest Free Trade Agreement. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas. http://www.washburnlaw.edu/
Bhala, R. (4/27/2016). A Critical Evaluation of WTO Plus Standards in TPP. Harvard Law School, WTO 20th Anniversary Conference and Academics Symposium on Old Rules, New Problems: The WTO at 20. Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. http://wto20.law.harvard.edu/
Bhala, R. (4/12/2016). History of Trade Negotiations. Global Development Law & Consulting Group (Washington, D.C.), Bar Council of Malaysia (BCI), and Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Legal Development & Training Committee, Program on How to Participate in Trade Negotiations: Focus on the Trans Pacific Partnership Regional Free Trade Agreement. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bhala, R. (4/15/2016). International and Cross-Border Perspectives on Contemporary Islamic Financial Transactions. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Meeting, Panel on "A Discussion of Current Issues in Islamic Finance". Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. http://www.ipba2016.com/programme3.aspx
Bhala, R. (4/14/2016). Overview of TPP. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Meeting, Panel on "Resolution of Trade Disputes in TPP and Other FTAs". Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. http://www.ipba2016.com/programme3.aspx
Bhala, R. (4/13/2016). Risks and Opportunities with the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Malaysia. ASEAN Lawyers Group of Malaysia Annual General Meeting. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. http://www.aseanlawassociation.org/index.html
Bhala, R. (4/15/2016). TPP Membership and Enlargement Controversies. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Meeting, Panel on TPP and the ASEAN Economic Community at the Crossroads of APEC?. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. http://www.ipba2016.com/programme3.aspx
Bhala, R. (3/17/2016). The Trans Pacific Partnership – Objectively. Herbert Smith Freehills Law Firm and University of Sydney Law School, Lecture Series. Sydney, Australia. http://sydneylaw.e-newsletter.com.au/link/id/zzzz566f5867318dc938P510648...
Bhala, R. (3/31/2016). Understanding the Trans Pacific Partnership. Understanding the Trans Pacific Partnership. International Relations Council, Kansas City, Missouri. http://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=790915
Bhala, R. (1/8/2016). Pentagon Briefing: The Education Battle, Sunni-Shi'a Split, and Authentic versus Inauthentic Precepts in Islamic Law. Joint Staff (J-5) Strategy and Plans, Political-Military Affairs, Middle East Directorate Strategic Integration Session. United States Department of Defense (The Pentagon), Washington, D.C. http://www.jcs.mil/Directorates/J5%7CStrategicPlansandPolicy.aspx
Bhala, R. (10/8/2015). Enduring Themes and Radical Transformations in International Trade Law. 3rd Annual Mercer Conference on Current Trends in International Trade. Atlanta, Georgia, Mercer University. http://www.iclega.org/programs/8960.html
Bhala, R. (10/7/2015). TPP: Trans Pacific Partnership or Trade Policy for the Plutocracy?. BB&T Lecture. Macon, Georgia, Mercer University, School of Business. https://business.mercer.edu/centers-initiatives/bbt-center/calendar/
Bhala, R. (9/21/2015). Design and Challenges of Banking and Foreign Exchange Regulation in India. 2nd Asian Business Lawyer Symposium, “Business and Finance Regulation from Comparative and International Perspectives.”. Korea University College of Law, Seoul, Korea. http://www.korealawschool.com/eng/overview.asp
Bhala, R. (9/1/2015). Evolution and Revolution of International Trade Law Scholarship and Pedagogy through the 20 Year Journey of a Textbook. Faculty Workshop. University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas. http://www.law.ku.edu
Bhala, R. (9/24/2015). Iran Nuclear Deal. International Relations Council, Panel on "War With ISIS, Alliances with Iran: Examining U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East". Kansas City, Missouri. http://www.irckc.org/events/event_details.asp?id=684544
Bhala, R. (5/6/2015). Critical Analysis of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, East Asian International Economic Law & Policy Program, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, and RGC Theme-based Research Project: Enhancing Hong Kong's Future as a Leading International Financial Center. Hong Kong. http://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&UEID=36652
Bhala, R. (5/14/2015). Evolution and Revolution of International Trade Law Scholarship and Pedagogy through the 20 Year Journey of a Textbook. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University, School of Law, Topeka, Kansas. http://washburnlaw.edu/practicalexperience/internationallaw/
Bhala, R. (5/7/2015). Promoting and/or Undermining Labor Rights through International Trade? Linkages between Free Trade and Labor Rights. Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference. Hong Kong. https://ipba.org/media-gallery/annual-conference/hong-kong-2015/161/191/
Bhala, R. (5/5/2015). Views from Riyadh and Delhi on GATT-WTO and FTA Developments. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Faculty of Law, Center for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED), Thirteenth Trade and Investment Law Seminar. Hong Kong. https://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/en/research/cfred/download/CFRED_13_Trade_&_...
Bhala, R. (4/29/2015). The Kingdom and Recent Developments in World Trade. Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Harvard Association of Saudi Arabia (HASA). Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. http://www.csc.org.sa/English/News/Pages/14oom.aspx
Bhala, R. (3/17/2015). International Trade, Investment, and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in India and Beyond. Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) Conference. Saint Xavier's College, Mumbai (Bombay), India
Bhala, R. (3/17/2015). Lecture on "Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy," followed by Panel on "India’s Trade Policies: Prospects and Challenges” with Mr. Richard Bale, Consul General of Canada to Mumbai. Government Law College (GLC) Mumbai (Bombay), India
Bhala, R. (3/24/2015). Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy. Gang of Youngsters (GOY) Conference. V.M. Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar, Panaji, Goa, India
Bhala, R. (3/19/2015). Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy. Special Meeting. World Trade Center, Mumbai (Bombay), India
Bhala, R. (1/20/2015). International Business Law and Catholic Social Justice Teaching. Saint Thomas More Society Meeting. University of Kansas, School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A
Bhala, R. (10/22/2014). Risks to International Business in Asia. Risks to International Business. International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri. http://www.itckc.org
Bhala, R. (9/8/2014). Congratulations on United States Citizenship. Citizenship Naturalization Proceedings. United States District Court for the District of Kansas. https://dolearchives.ku.edu
Bhala, R. (4/23/2014). India and North America: Revitalising Ties. Indian Foreign Policy: Views from Abroad. Gateway House (Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai, India). http://bit.ly/1jZ3sTx
Bhala, R. (3/4/2014). An Overview of International Trade Law. INDIA (Mumbai) - SNDT Women's University Faculty of Law. http://www.sndt.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (3/3/2014). An Overview of International Trade Law. INDIA (Mumbai) - Government Law College (GLC). http://www.glcmumbai.com/
Bhala, R. (3/11/2014). Overview of GATT and WTO. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). http://www.ili.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (3/12/2014). Overview of Islamic Law. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (IL). http://www.ili.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (3/10/2014). Overview of Islamic Law, Primary, Secondary, and Additional Sources of Islamic Law, and Women's Issues and Islamic Law. INDIA (Sonipat, Haryana) - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). http://www.jgls.org/
Bhala, R. (3/4/2014). Recent Developments and Current Controversies in International Trade Law. INDIA (Mumbai) - University of Mumbai Department of Law. http://results.mu.ac.in/law/profile.html
Bhala, R. (3/3/2014). The Future of the GATT-WTO System, American Trade Policy, and Implications for the Indian Subcontinent. INDIA (Mumbai) - Government Law College (GLC). http://www.glcmumbai.com/
Bhala, R. (3/5/2014). The Rights of Women Under the Sharīʻa as Practiced in Islamic Countries. Muslims and Sharīʻa: Learning from Experiences of Other Countries. INDIA (Mumbai) - Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS). http://www.tiss.edu/
Bhala, R. (3/4/2014). The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Implications for India. INDIA (Mumbai) - Gateway House (India Council on Global Affairs). http://www.gatewayhouse.in/
Bhala, R. (3/10/2014). Trade Preferences for Poor Countries, The Doha Round Debacle, and United States and Indian Trade Law and Policy. INDIA (Sonipat, Haryana) - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). http://www.jgls.org/
Bhala, R. (3/11/2014). United States and India’s Trade Law and Policy. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). http://www.ili.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (3/7/2014). Women’s Issues and Islamic Law. INDIA (New Delhi) - University of Delhi, Faculty of Law, Law Centre II. http://www.du.ac.in/index.php?id=344
Bhala, R. (3/11/2014). Women’s Issues in Islamic Law. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). http://www.ili.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (3/12/2014). WTO and TRIPs. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). http://www.ili.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (2/24/2014). An Overview of International Trade Law. INDIA (Hyderabad) - National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law. http://www.nalsar.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (2/28/2014). Anti Dumping Provisions in the United States and Pitfalls to be Avoided, and Export Diversification Opportunities in Emerging Markets. INDIA (Mumbai) - Office of Additional Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). http://dgft.gov.in/dgftmumbai/
Bhala, R. (2/25/2014). Indian Trade Reforms and Its Doha Round Negotiating Positions. INDIA (Hyderabad) - National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law. http://www.nalsar.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (2/14/2014). Islamic Law. J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Conference, "Obedience to Law is Liberty". University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri. http://www.jrclsconference.com
Bhala, R. (2/25/2014). Where is India in Free Trade Agreements and the Trans Pacific Partnership?. INDIA (Hyderabad) - National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law. http://www.nalsar.ac.in/
Bhala, R. (11/8/2013). Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in Academics. National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA) Annual Convention. Kansas City, Missouri. http://2013convention.napaba.org
Bhala, R. (11/17/2013). Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a). Witherspoon Class Series. Second Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Missouri. http://www.secondpres.org/?page_id=75
Bhala, R. (11/26/2013). Understanding the Iran Nuclear Deal, Council on Foreign Relations A Conversation with Ray Takeyh, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies, and Michael A. Levi, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, Energy and the Environment, and Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. National Teleconference. New York, N.Y. http://www.cfr.org
Bhala, R. (9/20/2013). “Great Satan” Squeezes “Evil Āyatollāhs” as the Centrifuges Keep Spinning: American Trade Sanctions Against Iran. Justice Beyond the State: Transnationalism and Law. University of Windsor Faculty of Law. https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstream/handle/1808/16735/Bhala%20Fighti...
Bhala, R. (8/30/2013). Writing Big Books: Six Secrets for Santosh. University of Kansas School of Law Workshop Series. University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
Amos, G. J. F., Odierno, G. R. T., Welsh, G. M. A., III, Papp, A. R. J., Jr, Ferguson, A. M., & Bhala, R. (5/3/2013). Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy with the Service Chiefs. Council on Foreign Relations National Teleconference. New York
Bhala, R., & Boyer, R. (5/21/2013). The Rise of Anti-Sharia Legislation. National Public Radio (NPR), Radio Broadcast on Kansas City Affiliate KCUR, 89.3 FM, "Central Standard" Show. http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard
Summers, L. H., & Bhala, R. (4/2/2013). A Conversation with Lawrence H. Summers on U.S. Economic Strategy, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and President Emeritus, Harvard University. Council on Foreign Relations National Teleconference. New York. http://www.cfr.org
Bhala, R. (3/7/2013). Themes and Controversies in Understanding Islamic Law. Washburn University School of Law
Bhala, R., Filpi, J., & Buntin, J. (2/13/2013). Key Developments in U.S. Trade Relations in the Middle East and North Africa. American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law, Middle East Committee and International Trade Committee. Washington, D.C. (via teleconference). http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/uncategorized/international_l...
Bhala, R. (5/28/2012). Islamic Finance. Carey y Cia (Largest law firm in Chile). Santiago, Chile

Selected Awards & Honors

Moreau Award
University of Kansas, School of Law, Student Bar Association (SBA)
2015
Kemper Teaching Award
University of Kansas
2008
Marshall Scholarship
Oxford University and London School of Economics
1984 - 1986
Angier B. Duke Scholarship
Duke University
1980 - 1984
Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching
College of William & Mary
Chaired Professorship
University of Kansas
2003 - Present
George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award
University of Kansas
2011 - Present
Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) Life Membership
Indian Society of International Law (ISIL)
2013 - Present
Law School Research Chaired Professorship
The George Washington University Law School
2000 - Present
Letter of Commendation for Service at United Nations
U.S. Department of State
1991 - Present
Moreau Award
University of Kansas, School of Law, Student Bar Association (SBA)
2012 - Present
President's Award for Excellence
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
1992 - Present
President's Award for Excellence
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
1990 - Present
University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award
William & Mary Society of the Alumni
1996 - Present

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