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Tom Pearson, J.D.

Dr. Tom Pearson is an Associate Professor of Law. He began teaching international arbitration, business law, and labor law courses, among others, at the Royal University of Law & Economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels in 2012 as well as managing two LLM programs in international law there. He also taught economics at the National University of Management. He has also lectured to students in Australia, Hungary, and the U.S. Prior to moving into full-time academic work, he served as partner and head of the corporate and commercial practice group at a mid-sized commercial law firm in Phnom Penh, where he assisted a diverse range of local and international clients.

Before moving to Cambodia, he practiced corporate, family, and criminal law in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to that, he conducted research at public policy organizations in Washington, DC. His research interests include, institutional, social and legal development, including rule-making, dispute resolution and social hierarchies; legal, social and economic exchange among diverse groups; governance institutions and mechanisms within “ungoverned” societies and critical approaches to international law.

He is licensed to practice in Alabama.

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) – George Mason University School of Law
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Rights and Democratization – University of Padua, European Masters Programme at the Global Campus of Human Rights
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Political Economy – Hillsdale College