Associate 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 Associate Professor of Transnational Law, and Director of Asian Legal Studies, at Case Western Reserve University. He also founded the Joint Program in International Commercial Law, an innovative collaboration between Case and Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, China), the only joint LLM degree recognized by the Chinese government.
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, most recently in the Columbia, Michigan, Northwestern, NYU, and Virginia Journals of International Law. He has testified before Congress, appeared on radio and television, and written for the popular media locally, nationally and internationally.
Professor Webster has lectured in French, Mandarin and Japanese to audiences in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. He has held visiting professorships at the IÉSEG School of Management (Paris), National Taiwan University (Taipei), Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, China) and Paris Sciences et Lettres (formerly, University of Paris – Dauphine). He began teaching at Yale Law School, where he also worked on legal reform projects with Chinese academics, judges and officials. Previously, he practiced international dispute resolution in the Tokyo and New York offices of Morrison Foerster, and clerked in Boston.
Webster is a fellow with the Public Intellectuals Program, a group of young China specialists chosen by the National Committee on U.S.-China, and the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, a similar cohort of Japan specialists. He is one of two American professors, and the only lawyer, chosen for both programs.