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

Recent Courses

LAW A 545 International Environmental Law
LAW E 510 Banking 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

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)