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
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785.670.1772
Room 211

Frédéric Sourgens is the Associate Director of the Oil and Gas Law Center and an Associate Professor of Law. He has published approximately 40 articles, book chapters, essays, and edited volumes on transnational law, dispute resolution, and jurisprudence. 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. His most recent articles include "Functions of Freedom, Privacy, Autonomy, Dignity, and the Transnational Legal Process" (Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 2015) and "Reconstructing International Law as Common Law" (George Washington International Law Review, 2015).

Professor Sourgens co-chairs and co-chaired the Oxford Investment Claims Summer Academy convened by Oxford University Press at St. Anne's College, Oxford; the Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference organized by Juris Publishing in Washington, DC; and the Annual Oil and Gas Investment Arbitration Conference co-sponsored by Washburn University School of Law, the University of Houston Law Center and Georgetown's International Law Institute. He serves as Managing Editor for Oxford University Press's "Investment Claims" reporter, Co-Editor of the Juris Publishing series "Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law," currently in its ninth volume, and Advisory Board Member for Brill | Nijhoff's monograph series "International Investment Law and Arbitration." He has guest lectured on transnational legal problems at Columbia Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Free University of Tbilisi (Georgia).

Prior to entering academia on a full time basis in 2012, Professor Sourgens practiced law for seven years, 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, Fraport AG, and Mongolia. He received the Official Proclamation of Gratitude from the Mongolian Minister of Justice in May 2011 for his representation of the Mongolian government in a treaty dispute. 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
  • Graduate Legal Seminar
  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • International Petroleum Arbitrations
  • Introduction to Anglo-American Law
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