Hiro Aragaki is Professor of Law and Arthur Frakt Research Fellow at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches and writes in the areas of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, contract law, and civil procedure.  He is currently working on a comparative study of mediation legislation from around the world.  His work on domestic arbitration law has appeared in top law reviews and he is considered a national expert on Federal Arbitration Act preemption and the history of the Federal Arbitration Act.  His research in these areas led him to file an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Respondents in the groundbreaking case of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 333 (2011). 

Prior to joining Loyola, Professor Aragaki taught at Fordham Business School in New York and practiced law for ten years, including at international law firms.  In addition to his academic work, he has served as an arbitrator and mediator since 2001, trained judges and lawyers in ADR, and provided reform advice in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Liberia, and Vietnam.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Executive Committee member of the Association of American Law Schools Dispute Resolution Section, and a member of the ABA’s Africa Law Initiative Council, and he previously served on the California State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on ADR.  In 2018 he was named a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Professor Aragaki holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. from Yale University.  He is admitted to the bars of California, the District of Columbia, New York, and the Roll of Solicitors (non-practising) of England & Wales.