Mark Chinen

Mark Chinen

Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 456


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International Law


  • B.A., cum laude, Pomona College, 1981
  • M.Div., magna cum laude, Yale Divinity School, 1984
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988; Harvard International Law Review associate editor


Mark Chinen is Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law. He was educated at Pomona College and Yale Divinity School before receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School. Before he began law teaching, Professor Chinen practiced in the areas of international trade, banking and corporate and securities law in Washington D.C. with the firm, Covington & Burling. Professor Chinen teaches contracts and courses in international law and writes on various aspects of international law, particularly international governance, theology and international law, and the relationship between domestic and international law. More recently, he has written on artificial intelligence and legal responsibility and on the international governance of artificial intelligence. Professor Chinen is a commissioner on the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission. He was the inaugural William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence from 2007 to 2010.



  • The International Governance of Artificial Intelligence (2023)
  • Law and Autonomous Machines: The Co-Evolution of Artificial Intelligence and Technology (2019)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • AI, Business, and International Human Rights, 51 J. Fin. Transformation (forthcoming 2024)
  • Governing Complexity, in Complexity and Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence 151 (Jamie Murray, Tom Webb, & Stephen Wheatley eds., 2018)
  • The Co-evolution of Legal Responsibility and Autonomous Machines, 20 Va. J. L. Tech. 338 (2016)
  • The Standard of Compensation for Takings, 25 Minn. J. Int’l L. 335 (2016)
  • Complexity Theory and the Horizontal and Vertical Dimensions of State Responsibility, 25 Eur. J. Int’l L. 703 (2014)
  • Complexity Theory and the Legal Responsibility of Global Economic Actors, in International Economic Law and African Development 9 (Laurence Boulle, Emmanuel Laryea & Franziska Sucker eds., 2014)
  • Crumbs from the Table: The Syrophoenician Woman and International Law, 27 J. L. & Relig. 1 (2011-2012).
  • Teaching as a Form of Love, 9 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 221 (2010).
  • Matters of Preference: Tracing the Line between Citizens, Democratic States, and International Law (with Lana Ellis), 19 Transnat'l L. & Contemp. Probs. 419 (2010).
  • Secrecy and Democratic Decisions, 27 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 1 (2009).
  • On Lawyers and Good Samaritans: A Reflection, 4 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 497 (2006).
  • Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan and the Use of Procedural and Substantive Heuristics for Consensus, 27 Mich. J. Int’l L. 55 (2005).
  • Game Theory and Customary International Law: A Response to Professors Goldsmith and Posner, 23 Mich. J. of Int'l L. 143 (2001).