Richard Chen joined the University of Maine School of Law as an associate professor in the fall of 2015. He currently teaches Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Litigation, Conflict of Laws, and Remedies. He previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he taught Contracts and International Business Transactions.

Professor Chen’s current research focuses on how the practice of precedent can be optimized in different institutional contexts, including domestic courts and international arbitration. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in leading journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, and Florida State University Law Review. He is a member of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and a consultant to the Maine Civil Rules Advisory Committee.

Professor Chen began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then practiced for two years at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, specializing in complex business litigation, before returning to the Ninth Circuit to clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Watford during his inaugural term on the court.

A native of Massachusetts, Professor Chen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to his legal career, he worked at Google in Irvine, California.


Selected Publications:

Precedent and Dialogue in Investment Treaty Arbitration, 60 HARV. INT’L L.J. __ (forthcoming 2019) [SSRN]

Crafting Precedent, 131 HARV. L. REV. 543 (2017) (with the Hon. Paul J. Watford & Marco Basile). [SSRN] [PDF]

Bilateral Investment Treaties and Domestic Institutional Reform, 55 COLUM. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 547 (2017). [PDF] [SSRN]

A Contractual Approach to Investor-State Regulatory Disputes, 40 YALE J. INT’L L. 295 (2015). [PDF] [SSRN]

Suboptimal Human Rights Decision-Making, 42 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 645 (2015). [SSRN]

Note, Organizational Irrationality and Corporate Human Rights Violations, 122 HARV. L. REV. 1931 (2009). [SSRN]