Professor of Law
Director of Asian Legal Studies
U.S. Director, Joint Program in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution
B.A., M.A., 1997 (Yale), J.D., LL.M., 2006 (Cornell)
Areas of Expertise
- Chinese Law
- Japanese Law
- International Trade
- International Human Rights
- International Law
Faculty BiographyTim Webster is Professor of Transnational Law and Director of Asian Legal Studies at Case Western Reserve University, which has one of the United States' top international law programs. Together with colleagues at Southwest University of Political Science & Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China, he founded the Joint Program in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution -- the only joint degree program that the Chinese government has recognized with a U.S. law school.
Professor Webster conducts interdisciplinary research on the interactions between international law and the domestic legal systems of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He has published on China’s WTO compliance, Japan’s adoption of international human rights norms, and Korea’s reconfiguration of World War II liability, in the Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Michigan, Northwestern, NYU, Pennsylvania and Virginia Journals of International Law. He has testified before Congress, appeared on radio and television, and written for local, national and international media.
Professor Webster has presented his research in French, Mandarin and Japanese to audiences in over 20 jurisdictions. He has held vising professorships at leading faculties of law, management and political silence in Europe and Asia, including Paris Sciences et Lettres (formerly, University of Paris – Dauphine), National Taiwan University (Taipei), Institut d’Économie Scientifique et de Gestion (IÉSEG School of Management, Paris) and SWUPL (Chongqing). He began his teaching career as a lecturer at Yale Law School, where he was also a senior fellow at its China Law Center. Previously, he practiced international dispute resolution in Tokyo and New York and clerked in Boston.
Professor Webster is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future and the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He is one of two academics, and the only lawyer, chosen for both groups.