Thomas Schoenbaum

  • Harold S. Shefelman Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 685-0182

Thomas Schoenbaum


Ph.D, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (UK) J.D. Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Banking Law — Business and Corporate Law

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Thomas J. Schoenbaum is presently the Harold S. Shefelman Professor of Law at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan and his PhD degree from Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (UK). He is also Research Professor of Law at George Washington University in Washington DC. He is a practicing lawyer, admitted in several U.S. states and before the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was Associate Dean at Tulane University in New Orleans.

For twenty years he served as Dean Rusk Professor and Executive Director of the Dean Rusk Center at the University of Georgia. He lived in Japan for 10 years, teaching as Professor of Graduate Studies at the International Christian University.

Professor Schoenbaum lectures all over the world and is the author of many books and articles on International Economic Law, Business Law, International Environmental law and Maritime Law.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum & Daniel C.K. Chow, The Perils of Economic Nationalism and a Proposed Pathway to Trade Harmony, 30 Stan. L. & Pol'y Rev. 115-95 (2019).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The South China Sea Arbitration Decision and a Plan for Peaceful Resolution of the Disputes, 43 J. Mar. L. & Com. 451-66 (2016).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The South China Sea Arbitration Decision: The Need for Clarification, 110 AJIL Unbound 290-95 (2016).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Twelfth Nicholas J. Healy Lecture on Admiralty Law Wish List: Maritime Matters Our Government Might Profitably Address, 46 J. Mar. L. & Com. 463-86 (2015).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Liability for Damages in Oil Spill Accidents: Evaluating the USA and International Law Regimes in the Light of Deepwater Horizon, 24 J. Envtl. L. 395-416 (2012).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Context of the Public International Law Regimes for the Protection of the Marine Environment: A Comparative Study, 25 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 1-36 (2012).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Fashioning a New Regime for Agricultural Trade: New Issues and the Global Food Crisis, 14 J. Int'l Econ. L. 593-612 (2011).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Saving The Global Financial System: International Financial Reforms and United States Financial Reform, Will They Do The Job?, 43 UCC L. J. 479 (2010).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Global Financial Crisis and Its Impact on World Trade and the World Economy—An Overview, 41UCC L. J. 375 (2009).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum & Jessica C. Langston, An All Hands Evolution: Port Security in the Wake of September 11th, 77 Tul. L. Rev. 1333-70 (2003).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Note, International Trade in Living Modified Organisms: The New Regimes, 49 Int'l & Comp. L.Q. 856-66 (2000).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Comment, Marine Insurance, 31 J. Mar. L. & Com. 281-92 (2000).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum & Richard B. Stewart, The Role of Mitigation and Conservation Measure in Achieving Compliance with Environmental Regulatory Statutes: Lessons from Section 316 of the Clean Water Act, 8 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 237-331 (2000).
  • Junji Nakagawa & Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Introduction, The Course of Japanese-American Economic Relations, 16 Ariz. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 1-10 (1999).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Warranties in the Law of Marine Insurance: Some Suggestions for Reform of English and American Law, 23 Tul. Mar. L.J. 267-316 (1999).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Duty of Utmost Good Faith in Marine Insurance Law: A Comparative Analysis of American and English Law, 29 J. Mar. L. & Com. 1-40 (1998).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, International Trade and Protection of the Environment: The Continuing Search for Reconciliation, 91 Am. J. Int’l L. 268-313 (1997).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Market Contestability and Reform of the Antidumping Law, 39 German Y.B. Int'l L. 82-99 (1996).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Theory of Contestable Markets in International Trade, 30 J. World Trade 161-90 (1996).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The International Trade Laws and the New Protectionism: The Need for a Synthesis with Antitrust, 19 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 393-436 (1994).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Good for Jobs, for the Environment, and for America, 23 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 461-506 (1993).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Agricultural Trade Wars: A Threat to the GATT and Global Free Trade, 24 St. Mary's L.J. 1165-94 (1993).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Storming Fortress Europe: Strategies for Doing Business in the Future Common Market, 17 Korean J. Comp. L. 67-98 (1989).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and the GATT: An Evaluation and a Proposal for a Unified Remedy for Unfair International Trade, 30 German Y.B. Int'l L. 177-204 (1987).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Liability for Spills and Discharges of Oil and Hazardous Substances from Vessels, 20 Forum 152-63 (1984).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Trade Friction with Japan and the American Policy Response, 82 Mich. L. Rev. 1647-66 (1984).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Planning and Land Development Law in the Federal Republic of Germany, 54 Tul. L. Rev. 624-59 (1980).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Preface to Three Foreign Views of Vermont Yankee, 55 Tul. L. Rev. 428-34 (1980).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Federalism in the Coastal Zone: Three Models of State Jurisdiction and Control, 57 N.C. L. Rev. 231-60 (1979).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum & Kenneth G. Silliman, Coastal Planning: The Designation and Management of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, 13 Urb. L. Ann. 15-48 (1977).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum & Patricia E. McDonald, State Management of Marine Fisheries after the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 and Douglas v. Seacoast Products, Inc., 19 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 17-42 (1977).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Legal Implementation of Coastal Zone Management: The North Carolina Model, 1976 Duke L.J. 1-38.
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Bank Securities Activities and the Need to Separate Trust Departments from Large Commercial Banks, 10 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 1-27 (1976).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Comment, Natural Area Preservation in the Soviet Union and the United States: A Comparative Perspective, 24 Am. J. Comp. L. 521-39 (1976).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Management of Land and Water Use in the Coastal Zone: A New Law Is Enacted in North Carolina, 53 N.C. L. Rev. 275-302 (1974).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Reform of the Structure of the American Corporation: The Two-Tier Board Model, 62 Ky. L.J. 91-121 (1973).
  • Wolfgang E. Burhenne & Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The European Community and the Management of the Environment: A Dilemma, 13 Nat. Resources J. 494-503 (1973).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Efficacy of Federal and State Control of Water Pollution in Intrastate Streams, 14 Ariz. L. Rev. 1-38 (1972).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Public Rights and Coastal Zone Management, 51 N.C. L. Rev. 1-42 (1972).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Relationship Between Corporate Disclosure and Corporate Responsibility, 40 Fordham L. Rev. 565-94 (1972).
  • Thomas J. Schoenbaum, The Growth of Judicial Power in the European Economic Community, 48 N.C. L. Rev. 32-55 (1969).

Books or Treatises

  • Mitsuo Matsushita, Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Petros C. Mavroidis & Michael Hahn, The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice, and Policy (3d ed. Oxford Univ. Press, 2015). 849 pages.

  • Speaker, Protecting the Earth's Ozone Layer and Climate: Is International Law up to the Task?, Washington State Bar Association (February 23, 2018)
  • Speaker, "An International Law Analysis of China's Nine-Dash Line in the South China Sea", Global Mondays Lecture Series, University of Washington School of Law (January 11, 2016)