Faculty & Staff




Associate Professor of Law


JD, Harvard Law School, 2009
AB, Harvard University, 2002


Richard Chen joined the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2019 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2021. He previously taught at the law schools of the University of Maine and Pepperdine University. At Richardson, he teaches Civil Procedure, Contracts, and International Economic Law.

Professor Chen’s research focuses on international investment law, exploring in particular how the system can be reformed to more fairly serve the interests of developing countries. He has also written about optimizing the practice of precedent in different institutional contexts, including both domestic courts and international tribunals. His recent scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law JournalVirginia Journal of International Law, and William & Mary Law Review.

Professor Chen currently serves on the Board of Advisers for Law Clerks for Diversity, a national organization that supports applicants from underrepresented groups in the clerkship hiring process, and as an editor for ASIL Insights, a publication of the American Society of International Law.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Professor Chen clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then worked as an associate 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 first term on the court.


  • Richard C. Chen, The Substantive Value of Diversity in Investment Treaty Arbitration, 61 Va. J. Int’l L. 431 (2021) SSRN
  • Richard C. Chen, Summary Dispositions as Precedent, 61 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 691 (2020). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • Richard C. Chen, Precedent and Dialogue in Investment Treaty Arbitration, 60 Harv. Int’l L.J. 47 (2019). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • Paul J. Watford, Richard C. Chen & Marco Basile, Crafting Precedent, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 543 (2017). HeinOnline | SSRNScholarSpace
  • Richard C. Chen, Bilateral Investment Treaties and Domestic Institutional Reform, 55 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 547 (2017). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • Richard C. Chen, A Contractual Approach to Investor-State Regulatory Disputes, 40 Yale J. Int’l L. 295 (2015). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • Richard C. Chen, Suboptimal Human Rights Decision-Making, 42 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 645 (2015). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • Richard C. Chen, Organizational Irrationality and Corporate Human Rights Violations, 122 Harv. L. Rev. 1931 (2009). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
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