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Professor Zachary R. Calo


Zachary R. Calo is Professor of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar. He is also Visiting Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University (UK), Professor (Adj.) at Notre Dame Law School Australia, and Visiting Professor at Tashkent State University of Law (Uzbekistan). In addition, he is Research Scholar in Law and Religion at Valparaiso University, Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, and Associate Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He has taught at Valparaiso University Law School, Notre Dame Law School, DePaul University College of Law, and Hangdong International Law School (South Korea), and been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Forum. He practiced banking law at Buckley LLP in Washington, DC.

Academic Qualifications:

Johns Hopkins University, B.A., History (1997)

Johns Hopkins University, M.A., History (1997)

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence) (2005). Virginia Law Review, Editorial Board

University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., History (2007). Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Dept. of Education; Franklin Fellowship, Mellon Foundation          

University of Virginia, M.A., Ethics (2020)

Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, LLM (2021)

Professional Qualifications:

Qualified US attorney:  District of Columbia (2006); Maryland (2005) (Inactive)

Appointments and Professional Memberships:

  • 2004 – US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Summer Honors Program
  • 2005-2007 – Practised as an Associate at Buckley LLP, Washington DC
  • 2007-2010 – Assistant Professor of Law at Valparaiso University Law School
  • 2010-2013 – Associate Professor of Law at Valparaiso University Law School
  • 2012-2014 – Swygert Research Professor and Professor of Law at Valparaiso University Law School
  • 2012 – Visiting Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School
  • 2012-2014 – Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law
  • 2014 – Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Law School
  • 2014 – Visiting Professor of Law at Handong Law School
  • 2015 – present – Full Professor and Founding Faculty Member of Hamad bin Khalifa University College of Law
  • 2016 – Visiting Professor of Law at Handong Law School
  • 2016 – present – Co-Founder and Lecturer in the Program on Law, Society and Business provided by the University of Padua, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Hamad bin Khalifa University
  • 2017 – present – Visiting Professor at The Open University, Faculty of Business and Law
  • 2018 – present – Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law
  • 2019 – Visiting Professor of Law at Handong Law School
  • 2019 – present – Arbitrator, Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal
  • 2020 – Lecturer, Navigating Legal and Commercial Aspects of Sports, HBKU EdX Online Course
  • 2021– present – Visiting Professor of Law at Tashkent State University of Law
  • 2021 – present – International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, Sport Resolutions (UK)

Practice Area:

Sports Law, Dispute Resolution, Mediation

Further details of specific practice areas and experience can be obtained by emailing: office@mcnairchambers.com

Select Recent Publications & Lectures:

  • Sports Law and Anti-Corruption, Panel Discussion on Legal Compliance and Major Sports Events (March 2021)
  • Resolving Football Disputes in the Middle East, Josoor Institute Research Papers (2020)
  • Legal Issues and Mega-Sporting Events in the Middle East, Forthcoming (Edward Elgar, 2022)
  • Disputes & Technology in the Gulf:  The Evolving Role of International Courts and Arbitral Institutions in Providing Remote Justice,Forthcoming, John Marshall Law Journal (2021)
  • Legal Ethics in International Commercial Courts, Forthcoming (Cambridge, 2021).
  • The Singapore Convention and the Future of Mediation in Qatar, Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (November 2020)
  • Commercial Mediation in Qatar, Singapore Convention Signing Ceremony and Conference, Singapore (August 2019)
  • Issues in International Sports Disputes, University of Padua, Treviso, Italy (July 2019)
  • Ethics in International Arbitration, Hong Kong University (March 2019)
  • The Organization of Global Sports Law, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar (February 2019)

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