Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution


Hiro Aragaki joined the UC Hastings faculty in 2022 as Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.  His scholarly interests cluster around the intersection of contract and procedure, and his work on ADR has been published in top U.S. law journals, such as the N.Y.U. Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Online.  It has also won prestigious accolades, including being selected for the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (2011), Honorable Mention in the AALS Scholarly Papers Competition (2013), and being selected for presentation at the Branstetter New Voices Workshop at Vanderbilt Law School (2014).

Professor Aragaki has written extensively on federal arbitration law and is currently engaged in a number of long-term projects looking at mediation from comparative, development, and empirical perspectives.  He has frequently been called upon to train judges and lawyers in ADR and consult on ADR reform projects around the world, most recently as an Advisor to the Expert Committee on Mediation, Supreme Court of India, and as an advisor to the judiciary of Kazakhstan on arbitration law reforms.

Before coming to Hastings, Professor Aragaki was a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Law & Ethics at Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration in New York, where he taught courses on business law. Before teaching in higher education, he practiced law at global law firms and clerked for the Hon. Fern M. Smith, U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.).

Professor Aragaki is a former member of the California State Bar Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, a former member of the AALS Section on Dispute Resolution Executive Committee, and a former Board member of the California Dispute Resolution Council. He currently holds leadership positions in the ABA Section on International Law and ABA ROLI, and is a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS School of Law in London. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator at JAMS, and is admitted to practice in California, New York, the District of Columbia, and England & Wales.



  1. Yale University

    BA, magna cum laude

  2. University of Cambridge


  3. Stanford Law School

    JD, with distinction

Selected Scholarship

  1. Civil Justice Reform in Chinese Law and Society (forthcoming) 2022

    __ Asian Journal of Law & Society __

  2. A Snapshot of National Legislation on Same Neutral Med-Arb and Arb-Med Around the Globe 2022

    Multi-Tier Approaches to the Resolution of International Disputes: A Global and Comparative Study, Anselmo Reyes & Weixia Gu, eds.

  3. The Critical Theory Legacy of Jean Sternlight’s Panacea or Corporate Tool? 2021

    Discussions in Dispute Resolution: The Foundational Articles

  4. The Metaphysics of Arbitration: A Reply to Hensler & Khatam 2018

    18 Nev. L.J. 541

  5. Arbitration Reform in India: Challenges and Opportunities 2018

    The Developing World of Arbitration: A Comparative Study of Arbitration Reform in the Asia Pacific (Weixia Gu & Anselmo Reyes, eds.)

  6. Arbitration: Creature of Contract, Pillar of Procedure 2016

    8 Penn St. Y.B. Arb. & Mediation 2

  7. Constructions of Arbitration’s Informalism: Autonomy, Efficiency, and Justice 2016

    2016 J. Disp. Resol. 141

  8. Does Rigorously Enforcing Arbitration Agreements Promote “Autonomy”? 2016

    91 Ind. L.J. 1143

  9. The Federal Arbitration Act as Procedural Reform 2014

    89 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1939

  10. AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion and the Antidiscrimination Theory of Federal Arbitration Act Preemption 2013

    4 Penn St. B. Arb. & Mediation 39

  11. Arbitration’s Suspect Status 2011

    159 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1233

  12. Equal Opportunity for Arbitration 2011

    58 UCLA L. Rev. 1189

  13. The Mess of Manifest Disregard 2009

    119 Yale L.J. Online 1

  14. Deliberative Democracy as Dispute Resolution? Conflict, Interests, and Reasons 2009

    24 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 406


  1. Negotiation