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Tim Webster

Associate Professor of Law
Education: B.A. , Yale University, M.A., Yale University, J.D., Cornell Law School, LL.M., Cornell Law School
Courses Taught: International Business Transactions, International Human Rights Law, IP Survey, Property
Office: Room 301, S. Prestley Blake Law Center

Tim Webster writes about the intersections of International Law and Comparative Law, focusing on East Asia. His most recent work examines World War II reparations in China, Japan and Korea. He has also published on international trade, international investment, international human rights, and international litigation, most recently in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Michigan Journal of International Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and Virginia Journal of International Law. He is a member of both the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, and the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations--the only law professor in both groups.

Before joining Western New England University, Webster was Professor of Transnational Law, with tenure, at Case Western Reserve University. He also directed Case's Asian Legal Studies Program, and the Joint Program in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution with Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing, China). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris--Dauphine, National Taiwan University, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, and the IÉSEG School of Management (Paris). He began his academic career as a Lecturer at Yale Law School, and Senior Fellow at Yale's China Law Center. He also clerked for a federal judge in Boston, and practiced international litigation in the Tokyo and New York offices of Morrison Foerster.  

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Book Chapters

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 JUSTICE OF PEACE (Carsten Stahn & Jens Iverson eds., Oxford University, forthcoming 2020).

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).

Journal Articles

Timothy Wester, Japan’s Transnational War Reparations Litigation: An Empirical Analysis, 63 HARV. INT'L L. J. (forthcoming 2022).

Timothy Webster, Disaggregating Corporate Liability: Japanese Multinationals and World War II, 56 STAN. J. INT'L L. 175 (2020). SSRN Digital Commons

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. RES. 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

Shorter Writings

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).