OUR FELLOWS | Dr. John Vafai

Dr. John Changiz Vafai, JD, LLM, JSD, MPA

John Vafai is an expert in international petroleum law. Vafai is recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of international business law, business immigration, foreign direct investment and licensing, and natural resources and energy law. He has advised national governments and multi-national companies at the highest levels, previously serving as Deputy Minister of Social and Economic Development of Iran, Counsel to the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, and the Directory of Legal Affairs and OPEC Negotiations for the National Iranian Oil Company.

He previously served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., a visiting legal scholar at Columbia University School of Law, editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the winner of Yale University’s Ford Foundation James Raymond Goodrich Price for legal scholarship. Vafai earned his Doctorate in Juridicial Science (J.S.D) and Master of Laws (LL.M) from Yale University, his Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A) from Harvard University, and his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of Tehran, School of Law.

Dr. Vafai’s research fellowship includes law, public policy, and international legal transactions. His public policy focus includes Iran and the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA), the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


Post-Revolutionary Iranian Law

Banking Without Interest

Fictitious Partnerships

Praying for Rain

Luxury Services & Useful Fields

Competitive Bureaucracies

World Trade Organization