Raj Bhala

raj-bhala-2015Rakesh (“Raj”) Kumar Bhala

Raj is Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law, and Rice Distinguished Professor, at the University of Kansas School of Law.

He practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he twice won the President’s Award for Excellence, thanks to his service as a delegate to the United Nations Conference on International Trade Law. He is International Legal Consultant for the Bahraini and Saudi Arabian offices of Blake, Cassels & Graydon (Canada).

A Harvard Law School graduate, he completed Masters degrees at LSE and Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and an undergraduate degree at Duke as an Angier B. Duke Scholar.

Raj is author of one of the world’s leading textbooks in international trade law, International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, and the first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, Modern GATT Law. He is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write a textbook on Islamic Law, Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a). His newest book is on the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP Objectively, and he is working on one on India, Business Law of Modern India.

“On Point” is his monthly column, which BloombergQuint (India) publishes (www.bloombergquint.com)

He is an avid long distance runner and student of Shakespeare.

For more about Raj, please see his Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Bhala.