Jerome Hsiang



Doctoral Committee:

  • Andrew T. Guzman, Chair
  • David D. Caron
  • Daniel Farber
  • Katerina Linos 

Dissertation Title:

“The Frontiers of Nonconsensual International and Transnational Law-making”

Research Interests and Biography :

Jerome researches and writes at the intersection of international law and international relations, combining insights from legal analysis, economics, game theory, and statistics to advance our understanding of global governance. He is particularly interested in 1) how states and sub-state actors cooperate with each other through non-treaty-based initiatives, and 2) how factors traditionally considered non-legal nevertheless influence governance outcomes at every level.

His most recent work is anchored to international trade regimes. Examining what he dubs “the China Effect,” Jerome has written about how consumers in rising developing countries can express preferences for goods made in highly developed countries with well-functioning regulatory systems aimed at protecting their own consumers. Through unimpeded trade flows, however, consumers from developing countries can benefit from having access to safer goods while their domestic political systems sort out governance reforms. The policy recommendation here is that, as economic growth outpaces governance reforms in some key developing countries, highly developed countries should view their regulatory regimes as competitive advantages, rather than as burdens. 

Prior to entering academia, Jerome practiced international business law in Los Angeles and is a partner at Shiang Law Firm, P.C. He is an avid painter and—in a past life—a member of a team that won a national collegiate ballroom formation dance championship.

Jerome Hsiang received his J.S.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2015.


  • What Makes WTO Panelists Special? Panelists Characteristics and Outcomes (working paper) (with Julian Nyarko)
  • The China Effect: How Consumers in Developing Countries Drive Transnational Governance by “Trading Up” (working paper)
  • Strategic Design: Explaining the Institutional Origins of International Soft Law (working paper)
  • Reinvigorating Customary International Law, in Custom’s Future: International Law in a Changing World (Curtis Bradley ed., forthcoming 2015) (with Andrew T. Guzman)
  • Some Ways that Theories on Customary International Law Fail: A Reply to László Blutman. 25 European Journal of International Law 553-559 (2014) (with Andrew T. Guzman)
  • Modeling Domestic Politics in International Law Scholarship. 15 Chicago Journal of International Law 1-26 (2014) (with Katerina Linos)


  • J.S.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2015
  • LL.M., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2012
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 2010
  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College, 2004