Professor of Law
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
J.D., Cornell Law School
LL.M., Cornell Law School
Tim Webster teaches International and Comparative Law at Western New England University. He began his academic career as a Lecturer at Yale Law School, and Senior Fellow at Yale’s China Center. He then joined Case Western Reserve, where he was Professor of Transnational Law, Director of Asian Legal Studies, and Co-Founder of the Joint Program in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution. He has been a Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University (Taipei, ROC), University of Paris—Dauphine, Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, PRC), and IÉSEG School of Management (Paris, France), and a Visiting Scholar at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, PRC). He previously practiced international dispute resolution in Tokyo and New York, and clerked for a federal judge in Boston.
Webster has published dozens of articles about the intersections of international law and the domestic legal systems of East Asia in fields such as human rights, international trade, foreign investment, and transnational litigation. His latest work examines East Asia’s current World War II reparations movement from legal, political, and sociological lenses, and appears in the Harvard International Law Journal, Stanford Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, and Yale Journal of International Law. He has presented his research in French, Japanese, and Mandarin to over 150 conferences, symposia, and workshops in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. He has testified before Congress, and written for local, national, and international media.
Webster has served on committees for the American Society of Comparative Law, American Society of International Law, American Association of Law Schools, and Asian Society of International Law. He edits the Asian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge), and Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (Oxford). He is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future (Mansfield Foundation), and the Public Intellectuals Program (National Committee on U.S.-China Relations)—the only American professor chosen for both groups.
International Business Transactions
International Human Rights Law
Timothy Webster, The Solid State of State Immunity in China, in CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF CHINA AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (Cai Congyan & Ignacio de la Rasilla eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2022).
Timothy Webster, The Long Tail of World War II: Jus Post Bellum in Contemporary East Asia, in JUST PEACE AFTER CONFLICT: JUS POST BELLUM AND THE JUSTICE OF PEACE (Carsten Stahn & Jens Iverson eds., Oxford University, 2020). SSRN Digital Commons
Timothy Webster, China’s WTO Compliance, in CHINA AND THE NEW INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER 133 (Colin Picker & Lisa Toohey eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015).
Timothy Webster, Racial Discrimination in Japan, in UNITY OR FRAGMENTATION OR INTERNATIONAL LAW 295 (André Nollkaemper & Ole Kristian Fauchald eds., Hart Publ’g, 2012).
Timothy Wester, Japan’s Transnational War Reparations Litigation: An Empirical Analysis, 63 HARV. INT'L L. J. (forthcoming 2022).
Timothy Webster, The Price of Settlement: World War II Reparations in China, Japan and Korea, 51 N.Y.U. J. INT’L L. & POL. 301 (2019).
Timothy Webster, Recent Attempts at Reparations Show that World War II is Not Over, THE CONVERSATION (May 23, 2019).
Timothy Webster, Discursive Justice: World War II Litigation in Japan, 58 VA. J. INT’L L. 161 (2018).
Michael Scharf, Thomas Buergenthal, Carsten Stahn, Milena Sterio, Avidan Cover, & Timothy Webster, Talking Foreign Policy: Jesner v. Arab Bank, 50 CASE W. RSRV. J. INT'L L. 281 (2018).
Timothy Webster, Why Does the United States Oppose Asian Investment?, 37 NW J. INT’L L. & BUS. 213 (2017). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Jedidiah Kroncke, The Futility of Law & Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law, 65 AM. J. COMP. L. 968 (2017) (book review).
Timothy Webster, Paper Compliance: How China Implements WTO Decisions, 35 MICH. J. INT’L L. 525 (2014). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Teemu Ruskola, Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law, 62 AM. J. COMP. L. 811 (2014) (book review). SSRN
Timothy Webster, China's Human Rights Footprint in Africa, 51 COLUM. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 626 (2013).
Timothy Webster & Jun Zhao, Taking Stock: China's First Decade of Free Trade, 33 U. PA. J. INT’L L. 65 (2012). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Ambivalence & Activism: Employment Discrimination in China, 44 VAND. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 643 (2011). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Introducing the China Jurist Series, 20 PAC. RIM L. & POL'Y J. 355 (2011).
Chen Ruihua, Initial Research on the Malfunctions of the Criminal Process, 20 PAC. RIM L. & POL'Y J. 359 (2011) (Timothy Webster trans.).
Timothy Webster, Insular Minorities: International Law's Challenge to Japan's Ethnic Homogeneity, 36 N.C. J. INT’L L. & COM. REG. 557 (2011). SSRN
Timothy Webster, International Human Rights Law in Japan: The View at Thirty, 23 COLUM. J. ASIAN L. 241 (2010). SSRN
Timothy Webster, East Asia Institutionalizes: China, Japan and the Vogue for Free Trade, 77 NORDIC J. INT’L L. 301 (2008). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Reconstituting Japanese Law: International Norms and Domestic Litigation, 30 MICH. J. INT’L L. 211 (2008). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Arudou v. Earth Cure: Judgment of November 11, 2002 Sapporo District Court, 9 ASIAN-PAC. L. & POL’Y J. 297 (2008). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Babes with Arms: International Law and Child Soldiers, 39 GEO. WASH. INT’L L. REV. 227 (2007). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Translation: Case Note & Commentary, McGowan v. Narita, 9 AUSTRALIAN J. ASIAN L. 346 (2007).
Timothy Webster, Bortz v. Suzuki, Judgment of October 12, 1999, Hamamatsu Branch, Shizuoka District Court, 16 PAC. RIM L. & POL'Y J. 631 (2007). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Bilateral Regionalism: Paradoxes of East Asian Integration, 25 BERKELEY J. INT’L L. 434 (2007). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Sisyphus in a Coal Mine: Responses to Slave Labor in Japan and the United States, 91 CORNELL L. REV 733 (2006). SSRN
Timothy Webster, Legal Excisions: Omissions Are Not Accidents, 39 CORNELL INT’L L.J. 435 (2006). SSRN
Timothy Webster, A Self-Defeating Wall, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Nov. 22, 2016).
Timothy Webster, U.S. Elections Rarely Foretell Future U.S.-China Relations, CHINA – U.S. FOCUS (Aug. 10, 2016).
Timothy Webster, The West Gets the Blame, but It’s China That Hong Kong and Taiwan Fear, L.A. TIMES (Oct. 3, 2014).
Timothy Webster, China’s Compliance with the World Trade Organization and International Trade Rules, Congressional-Executive Commission on China (Jan. 15, 2014) (congressional testimony).