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Faraz Shahlaei

I am JSD Candidate at Loyola Law School working on the interactions of International law, human rights, sports, arbitration and mediation.

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United States, United States - CA
English, Persian
Mediation Profile

I am huge fan of peace rather than the adversarial approaches in courts. I enjoy bringing the parties together and end the dispute in a more amicable way. My skills in cross cultural dispute resolution, psychology of conflict and communication techniques are very efficient in dispute resolution context.

LLB, 2003, Tehran

LLM in International Law, 2016, Tehran

LLM in Dispute Resolution, 2017, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, CA

JSD Candidate, Public International law/International Human Rights/Sports Law/ Dispute Resolution; Loyola Law School, CA


Dec. 2016-May 2017; Benz ADR/Los Angeles; Assisting Jeffery Benz with several cases in the Court of Arbitration for Sports, producing briefs and discussing different aspects of cases; Working on a project about fan-based racism in soccer and the role of the Court of Arbitration for Sports; Observing a multimillion-dollar Arbitration of AAA during three days at downtown Los Angeles in Feb. 2017.

Jul. 2017; United States Olympic Committee, Athlete Ombudsman/Colorado Springs ; Working on a project about the ways Athletes Commissions can be more effective in the sport governance structure; Provided the Ombudsman with a 20 page report which proposed a new model for the structure of The Athletes Commissions; Attending different meetings and sessions as an observer in different subjects such as: Membership of new national governing bodies in US Olympic Committee, disciplinary cases against athletes, doping consultations with athletes, eligibility and selection criteria for national teams, diversity and inclusion in sports; Submitting a 6 page report to the Ombudsman and the Olympic Committee on the responsibility of sport governing bodies in educating the athletes as role models for the society.

Professional Experience:

November 2018-Now; Volleyball Referee, South California Volleyball Association: doing this I realize that as a referee I need to be a mediator first. To be able to talk with the coaches on controversial calls and let them know that we are here to facilitate the game and that the game is played fairly. In the position of the judge I had to show them that I am neutral.

Jan. 2017-Apr. 2017; Volunteer Mediator, Los Angeles Superior Court, Delivering an opening public speech for the court audience and case parties about the benefits of mediation, mediating the cases at small claims courts, writing the final agreement.

2008- Now; Notary public/Office manager, State Organization for Registration of Deeds and Properties, Karaj, Iran; Drafting different commercial contracts, vehicle and real estate transactions, preparing wills, promissory notes, registering properties and deeds, certifying signatures, administering oath, taking affidavits, legal advising on different kinds of transactions.

2010-2012; Coach/Instructor, Iranian Amateur Swimming Federation, Karaj, Iran, Coordinated classes, instructed and trained basic skills to groups of beginners (youth/adults).

2011-2014; Coach/Instructor, Iranian Volleyball Federation, Karaj, Iran, Coordinated classes, instructed and trained basic skills to groups of beginners (youth/adults).

Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu CA

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA

Training and Education

LLM in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School

Attending the mediation clinic at Straus Institute where in partnership with CCR we were sent to LA superior courts to mediate real cases in the courtroom.


Articles (English)

  • When Sport Stands Against Human Rights: Regulating Restrictions on Athlete Speech in the Global Sports Arena, 39 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review 95 (2017).
  • Soccer Stadiums, Where International Law, Racism and Cultures Collide, 7 Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Arizona State University 291 (2018).
  • International State Responsibility and Victims of State Sponsored Doping, Michigan State International Law Review, (April 2019).

Articles (Farsi):

  • “Control Theories in International Law and The Case of Malaysian Flight MH17”, Public Law Studies Quarterly, Tehran University (forthcoming, 2019)
  • “Challenges of Creating a National Arbitration Court for Sports: A Comparative Study with regard to CAS”, 54 Public Law Research, University of Allameh Tabatabaee, 35-60 (Tehran, 2017)
  • A Comprehensive Legal Confrontation: Italy v. ICJ”, 14 Journal of Legal researches, 201-221 (Tehran, 2015)

Book Translations:

  • Prisoner’s Rights: Principles and Practice, Rutledge (English to Farsi, Tehran, 2015)     
  • Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective, Oxford University Press(English to Farsi, Tehran, 2011)
JDS Candidate, Loyola Law School
Loyola Law School
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