Phoenix Cai

Associate Professor


International Law, International Trade, Property Law

Professional Biography

Prof. Cai received her B.A. in Italian and International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. from University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she was a member of the California Law Review and Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Prof. Cai was a corporate associate with the law firms of Morrison & Foerster, LLP (San Francisco) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP(Chicago), specializing in both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance and securities law. Prof. Cai is the founding director of the Roche LLM in International Business Transactions, an intensive and experiential graduate program geared at training both U.S. and foreign lawyers in private transactional law. Prof. Cai teaches Property, International Law, International Trade, International Sales, and Drafting and Negotiation in an International Business Context. Prof. Cai is a native of Xiamen, China and is fluent in a number of languages.

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  • JD, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 1999
  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis, 1996

Featured Publications

  • Regulatory Coherence, Chapter 25 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: ITS SUBSTANCE AND IMPACT ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE, NAFTA, AND OTHER FTAS, D. Gantz and J. Huerta-Goldman, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
  • Making Remedies Work for Developing Nations: The Need for Class Actions, in International Law, Convention and Justice, David A. Frenkel, ed., Athens Institute for Education and Research (September 2011).
  • Making Remedies Work for Developing Nations: The Need for Class Actions, 25 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 151 (September 27, 2011).
  • Think Big and Ignore the Law: U.S. Corn and Ethanol Subsidies and WTO Law, 40 Geo. J. Int'l L. 865 (2009).
  • Aid for Trade: A Roadmap for Success, 36 Denver J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 101 (2008).
  • Between Intensive Care and the Crematorium: Using the Standard of Review to Restore Balance to the WTO, 15 Tulane J. Int’l & Comp. L. 465 (2007).