Dr. Shahla Ali’s research and practice centers on questions of governance, development and the resolution of cross-border disputes in the Asia Pacific region. She is Professor and Associate Dean (International) and Deputy Director of the LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong and Principal at Resolve Consulting. Shahla has studied and practiced in China, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, the US and Switzerland and speaks English, Chinese and Farsi.
Shahla is a bilingual arbitrator (English/Chinese) with FINRA, CIETAC, HKIAC, ADNDRC, SCIA, a conciliator with WTC Macau and a mediator with the HKMC, HKMAAL and the HK Building and Lands Tribunal. She is qualified to practice law in California.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Shahla was an attorney with Baker & McKenzie, LLP where she focused on international trade, corporate transactions and regulatory compliance. She received her JD and PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley, her MA in Conflict Resolution from Landegg University and BA in International Relations and Chinese Language from Stanford University. She has conducted mediation and negotiations trainings in both the private and public sector for managers as well as UN staff.