Faculty Research Profiles

JESWALD W. SALACUSE — HENRY J. BRAKER PROFESSOR OF COMMERCIAL LAW

Jeswald Salacuse is a professor, a writer, an international arbitrator, consultant, a long-time member of the Harvard – MIT – Tufts negotiating consortium, and in his spare time, a gourmet cook. Salacuse’s office is filled with large boxes that are hard not to notice when entering the room. They hold documents from three arbitration cases in which he is either the president or member of the international tribunal hearing the case. “You have to like what you do,” he says. “I like Fletcher, I like teaching, I like research—I like serving as an arbitrator.”

Salacuse spent most of 2009 completing his book, The Law of Investment Treaties, recently published by Oxford University Press. In it, he ties together his academic, teaching, and arbitration interests. It examines the 3,000 investment treaties that have become part of the infrastructure of global investment and explains their nature, history, significance and impact on international investors and investments, as well as on governments that are parties to them. His research for the book will enrich his course on International Investment Law, which he developed over ten years ago and has taught annually. “Somebody once said,” he remarked, ‘if you want to learn something, write a book about it.’” Salacuse explained that by virtue of working on this book, he gained new insight into international investment law, which he will transfer to his students.

Salacuse has two other areas of research interest: international negotiation and law and development. In partnership with the late Jeffrey Rubin, a Tufts professor and executive director of the Harvard Program on Negotiation, Salacuse established the negotiation program at Fletcher and developed and taught the first course on the subject. His research in the field of negotiation includes his books The Global NegotiatorMaking Global Deals, and Seven Secrets for Negotiating with Government. “Negotiation is a subject matter intimately connected to law. Most of what lawyers study—contracts, legislation, and treaties—come into being through negotiations,” Salacuse says. His work on negotiation led him to study its links with organizational leadership, which he wrote about in the well-received book Leading Leaders.

Salacuse also teaches a heavily enrolled course on Law and Development, which examines the ways in which law affects the development of nations. In it, he draws heavily from his experience as an international consultant in the field, having advised numerous countries—including Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria, Sudan, Laos, and Sri Lanka, just to name a few—on various aspects of their legal systems.

In his distinguished career, Salacuse also served as Fletcher’s dean for 9 years, a position he greatly enjoyed. Passionate about teaching, he always taught at least one course a year while serving as dean. Immediately before joining Fletcher twenty-one years ago, he was dean of the School of Law of Southern Methodist University. In 2000, he was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Comparative Law in Italy.

A self-described good cook, in his free-time Professor Salacuse delights in preparing delicious Italian dishes for family and friends—a fitting talent for a true renaissance man.