Photograph: Frédéric G. Sourgens.

Frédéric G. Sourgens

Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law
Candidatus Magisterii, University of Oslo, 2000
M.A., University of York (UK), 2003
J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2005
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Frédéric Sourgens is a globally recognized authority on the intersection between international energy law, international dispute resolution, and the transnational law of globalization. His publications include a dozen books and over 50 articles, essays, and book chapters. His books Evidence in International Investment Arbitration (with Kabir Duggal and Ian Laird) (Oxford University Press) and A Nascent Common Law (Brill Nijhoff) as well as his articles "Keep the Faith" and "The Interplay between State Consent to ICSID Arbitration and Denunciation of the ICSID Convention: The (Possible) Venezuela Case Study" (with Michael D. Nolan) have been relied on as authority by international tribunals.

Professor Sourgens serves as Editor in Chief of InvestmentClaims (Oxford University Press), a leading reporter of international investment arbitration awards and, together with Ian Laird, Professor Diane Desierto, and Professor Freya Baetens, co-chairs the annual Investment Claims Summer Academy convened in Oxford by Oxford University Press. He served as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law Private International Law Interest Group (2016-2019) and co-chaired numerous international conferences.

Professor Sourgens is on the Advisory Board of the American Review of International Arbitration published by Columbia Law School and is a member of the Advisory Board of Brill Nijhoff's Research Perspectives: International Investment Law and Arbitration. He is an advisor to the Center of International Law in Nepal and a member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration.

Prior to joining Washburn University School of Law, Professor Sourgens was an associate in Milbank LLP's Washington, D.C. office and an associate in Norton Rose Fulbright LLP's Houston office and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and recipient of its 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.

Professor Sourgens is Director of Washburn Law's Oil and Gas Law Center.

Professor Sourgens's Justice Quote:

"In the heart is no sleep; there drips instead
Pain that remembers wounds. And to unwilling
Minds circumspection comes"
– Aeschylus, Agamemnon (Sarah Ruden, trans.)

Professor Sourgens's Recommended Reading on Racial Justice:

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