Professor Shahla Ali

The Department of Law

Professor & Associate Dean (International)
Deputy Director, LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
BA (Stanford), MA (Landegg), JD (UC Berkeley), PhD (UC Berkeley)
Arbitrator (CIETAC, HKIAC, SCIA, FINRA) / Mediator (HKMAAL) / State Bar CA


Dr. Shahla Ali’s research centers on questions of governance, development and cross-border dispute resolution in East Asia. Before joining HKU, she worked as an attorney in the international trade and compliance group with Baker & McKenzie in its San Francisco office. She has consulted with USAID, IFC/World Bank and the United Nations on issues pertaining to access to justice, peace process negotiation training and land use conflict resolution. She serves as a bilingual arbitrator (English/Chinese) with CIETAC, HKIAC (ADNDRC), SIAC and is a member of the IBA Drafting Committee for Investor-State Mediation Rules, the DOJ Mediation Regulatory Framework Sub-Committee, and the FDRC Appointments Committee.

Research Areas

  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Law and Development in East Asia
  • Globalization of Law

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