Associate Professor of Law
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
B.A., 1994 with highest distinction University of California, Berkeley
J.D., 1998 University of California Los Angeles School of Law (Order of the Coif)
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Foster was a partner in the international law firm Dechert LLP, based in its New York office. He represented clients in court litigation in California, New York and the District of Columbia, and in arbitrations around the world under the rules of most of the major arbitration institutions, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. Many of his cases involved sovereign States as parties, including several arbitrations before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes arising under investment treaties. He also advised clients on trade law issues and transactional matters associated with foreign investments, and acted regularly for both governments and private clients.
While in law school, Professor Foster served as the Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. In addition, from 2003 to 2005 he was an adjunct professor of International Business Transactions at the University of Southern California School of Law.
His research interests lie primarily in legal issues relating to foreign investment, international arbitration, the rights of indigenous peoples, and sovereign immunity.