Philip McConnaughay

Dean and Professor of Law, School of Transnational Law
Vice Chancellor, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School

“The value students derive from the combination of STL’s J.D. and J.M. curriculums exceeds the value of studying either independently of the other.  STL courses blend the study of China law, U.S. law, and EU law in ways designed to equip students for the practice of law in a world in which different legal traditions increasingly interact, creating challenges that only the best transnational lawyers will be able to resolve.  The ultimate goal of comparative study at STL is to contribute to a deep student awareness of different legal traditions, different commercial practices and expectations, different cultures, different notions of truth and justice, and the rules, practices and outcomes likely to emerge from their interaction.” 

  • Philip McConnaughay is Dean and Professor of Law of STL and a Vice Chancellor of Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate School. Before joining STL, he was Founding Dean of Penn State University’s law school and School of International Affairs. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and before that a partner of the international law firm, Morrison & Foerster, resident for almost ten years in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Dean McConnaughay is the author of numerous scholarly articles and edited books concerning international commercial dispute resolution, the regulation of international commerce, and the role of arbitration in economic development. He serves on the editorial board of the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law.  As a practicing lawyer, Dean McConnaughay was involved in some of the major antitrust and intellectual property disputes of the day, including representing Fujitsu Limited of Japan in the celebrated multi-billion dollar IBM/Fujitsu Arbitration. He has served as an advisor to the Government of Indonesia with respect to the drafting of a new national arbitration law, and has been active throughout his career in a variety of public interest and pro bono matters.


    • J.D. and B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



    • Transnational Law
    • International Litigation and Arbitration
    • Copyright Law
    • International Intellectual Property
    • International Business Transactions
  • Select academic articles and edited books:

    • The Role of Arbitration in Economic Development and the Creation of Transnational Legal Principles, 1 Peking University Transnational Law Review 9 (2013).
    • The Risks and Virtues of Lawlessness:  A “Second Look” at International Commercial Arbitration, 93 Northwestern University Law Review 453.  This 1999 article was republished in full in 2009, along with articles by Soia Mentschikoff, Andrei Schleifer, Alan Schwartz, Lisa Bernstein, Orley Ashenfelt, and others, as one of “the most important articles on arbitration,” in ECONOMICS OF COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION (O. Ashenfelter, Princeton, and R. Iyengar, LSE, eds, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., London, 2009), of the series, ECONOMIC APPROACHES TO LAW (Richard A. Posner and Francesco Parisi, senior eds).
    • Foreword, DISPUTE SETTLEMENT IN CHINA-AFRICA ECONOMIC RELATIONS, Won Kidane (Kluwer Law International, 2011).
    • The Scope of Autonomy in International Contracts and its Relation to Economic Regulation and Development, 39 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 595 (2001).
    • Rethinking the Role of Law and Contracts in East-West Commercial Relations, 41 Virginia Journal of International Law 427 (2001).
    • Reviving the Public Law Taboo in International Conflict of Laws, 35 Stanford Journal of International Law 255 (1999).
    • DEFINING VALUES FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY:  THE UNIVERSITY’S CHANGING ROLE (William T. Greenough, P. McConnaughay and Jay Kesan, eds., 2007, Rowman & Littlefield).  This volume explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasingly economic role of major research universities and includes papers by several prominent international figures, including M.S. Swaminathan (World Food Prize Winner), Erich Bloch (Former Director, NSF), Jack Gibbons (Former U.S. National Science Advisor), Lord Meghnad Desai (London School of Economics and United Nations), Timothy Reeves (Director General, CIMMYT), and others.
    • INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION IN ASIA (P. McConnaughay and Tom Ginsburg, eds., Juris Press, New York, 2002; second edition 2005).  This volume includes detailed assessments by local scholars and practitioners of international commercial dispute resolution practices in all major East Asian jurisdictions.
    • HUMAN RIGHTS, THE RULE OF LAW, AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and P. McConnaughay, eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).  This volume includes papers by several prominent African jurists, human rights activities, and government officials.
  • Dean McConnaughay Participates in Major Belt & Road Forum

    STL Participates in Global Conference on Legal Education

    Dean McConnaughay Invited Guest on CGTN’s “World Insight”

    Dean Philip McConnaughay Keynote Speaker at 2017 Global Intelligence Forum

    Dean Philip McConnaughay Delivers Invited Remarks at St. Petersburg International Legal Forum

    Dean Philip McConnaughay Presents Invited Paper at Asian Law Institute Research Symposium

    Dean Philip McConnaughay Delivers Keynote Speech at ELFA 

    Dean Philip McConnaughay Speaks at First “China Free Trade Zone Arbitration Forum” 

    Law and World Global Forum: Globalization and Development of Legal Education

    Dean Philip McConnaughay and Judge Brooks Smith meet with The Law Society of Hong Kong

    PKUSTL Symposium on Transnational Legal Practice in China in the 21st Century

    Dean Philip McConnaughay Interviewed by The Shenzhen Daily 

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