George K. Foster
Professor of Law
Legal Research Center
Appointments and Service
Cochair of the American Society of International Law’s Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group. April 8, 2015-April 5, 2017.
Newsletter editor for the American Society of International Law’s Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group. September 2, 2014, through May 31, 2015.
Peer reviewer for Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy, Oxford University Press.
Interviewed by Katherine Kisiel on President Obama’s visit to Portland to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. KATU News, May 8, 2015.
International Law Issues in Domestic Litigation (CLE). Multnomah Bar Association, Portland, Oregon. February 17, 2015. With Chris Helmer J.D. ’74 of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn.
“The Coming Mega-Regional Trade and Investment Partnerships: Controversies and Implications.” Business Law Society Lecture Series, Portland, Oregon. November 13, 2014.
Challenges to Arbitrators: Should the Challenge Process Be Overhauled? (panel). Eighth Annual Juris Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C.
“Challenges to Arbitrators: Should the Challenge Process Be Overhauled?” Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law , Vol. 8, transcribed March 20, 2015. With Ian A. Laird, Frédéric G. Sourgens, et al.
“When Commercial Meets Sovereign: A New Paradigm for Applying the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in Crossover Cases.” 52 Houston Law Review 361, University of Houston Law Center (October 22, 2014).
“When Commercial Meets Sovereign: A New Paradigm for Applying the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in Crossover Cases.” 52 Houston Law Review __ , (forthcoming 2014).
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.
His research interests lie primarily in legal issues relating to foreign investment, international arbitration, the rights of indigenous peoples, and sovereign immunity.
Professor Foster currently serves as the Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group and as the Chair of Lewis & Clark’s International Law Committee.
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.
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
- Business Associations II
- International Business Transactions
- International Dispute Resolution
- International Investment Law Seminar
- 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)
The Other Foreign Corrupt Practice: Bribery of Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives and the Neglected Options for Combating It
, 54 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. __ (forthcoming 2015)
When Commercial Meets Sovereign: A New Paradigm for Applying the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in Crossover Cases,
52 Hous. L. Rev. 361 (2014) SSRN Link
- Investors, States, and Stakeholders: Power Asymmetries in International Investment and the Stabilizing Potential of Investment Treaties, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 361 (2013) SSRN Link
- Recovering “Protection and Security”: The Treaty Standard’s Obscure Origins, Forgotten Meaning and Key Current Significance, 45 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 1095 (2012) SSRN Link
- Foreign Investment and Indigenous Peoples: Options for Promoting Equilibrium Between Economic Development and Indigenous Rights, 33 Mich. J. Int’l L. 627 (2012) SSRN Link
- Striking a Balance between Investor Protections and National Sovereignty: The Relevance of Local Remedies in Investment Treaty Arbitration, 49 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 201 (2011) SSRN Link
- Collecting From Sovereigns: The Current Legal Framework for Enforcing Arbitral Awards and Court Judgments Against States and Their Instrumentalities, and Some Proposals for Its Reform, 25 Ariz. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 665 (2008) SSRN Link
- Expanded Review of Awards, N.Y. L. J., Apr. 23, 2008, 4 (co-authored with David M. Bigge)
- Courts Running Into the Arbitration Act’s Limitations, Nat’l L. J., Nov. 26, 2007, S1
- Managing Expropriation Risks in the Energy Sector, 23 J. Energy & Nat. Resources L. 36 (February 2005)
- A Revolution in International Patent Protection: The U.S. and India in the Uruguay Round Its Aftermath, 3 UCLA J. Int’l L. & For. Aff. 283 (1998) (winner of UCLA’s Benjamin Aaron Award)