Photograph: Frédéric G. Sourgens.

Frédéric G. Sourgens

Associate Professor of Law
Candidatus Magisterii, University of Oslo, 2000
M.A., University of York (UK), 2003
J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2005
Contact Information:
Room 211

Frédéric Sourgens is an Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of Washburn Law's Oil and Gas Law Center. He co-edits International Petroleum Arbitration (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, forthcoming 2017) with Teddy Baldwin and will contribute to the upcoming fourth edition of International Petroleum Transactions (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, forthcoming, 2017). His most recent books are A Nascent Common Law: The Process of Decisionmaking in International Legal Disputes Between States and Foreign Investors (Brill | Nijhoff, 2015) and Evidence in International Investment Arbitration (with Ian A. Laird and Kabir Duggal) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016). His current research explores the constitutive value of law in responding to the challenges of globalization and geopolitical conflict with particular emphasis on the principle of good faith. His most recent articles include "The Privacy Principle" (Yale Journal of International Law, forthcoming January 2017), "Supernational Law" (Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, forthcoming October 2016), and "The Virtue of Path Dependence in the Law" (Santa Clara Law Review, 2016).

Professor Sourgens serves as co-chair for the American Society of International Law's Private International Law Interest Group and a member of the Academic Council of CAIL's Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). He co-chairs several regular international law conferences including the Oxford Investment Claims Summer Academy convened by Oxford University Press in Oxford and the Juris Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference in Washington, D.C. He is an editor or advisory board member for leading publications on transnational law and international dispute resolution. An avid former Jessup contestant, he has served on editorial committees for the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court compromis.

Prior to entering academia on a full time basis in 2012, Professor Sourgens practiced law first in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski and then in the Washington D.C. office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. In his time in practice, he has served as counsel for diverse clients in a large variety of international legal proceedings including Yukos Oil Company and Mongolia. He received an Official Proclamation of Gratitude from the Mongolian Minister of Justice in May 2011. During his time in practice, he taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and received the Georgetown Law Center Council of Barristers Inaugural Alternative Dispute Resolution Award for Coaching Excellence.

Professor Sourgens is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic, Duino, Italy. He holds a candidatus magisterii degree in Latin and Philosophy from the University of Oslo (Norway), and a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy (The Idea of Toleration) from the University of York (UK). He received his J.D. cum laude from Tulane University Law School.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Contracts
  • Evidence
  • Graduate Legal Seminar
  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • International Petroleum Arbitrations
  • Introduction to Anglo-American Law
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