Professor Zachary R. Calo

Attorney (United States, District of Columbia)

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Professor Zachary R. Calo
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Professor Zachary Calo is Professor of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar. He is also a Visiting Professor of Law at The Open University (UK), Professor of Law (Adj.) at the University Notre Dame Australia - Sydney, Visiting Professor of Sports Law at Tashkent State University of Law (Uzbekistan), Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University in Qatar, and Lecturer in Sports Law at the Qatar Olympic Academy. He serves on international dispute resolution panels with Sport Resolutions UK and the Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal. 

He formerly practiced banking law at a financial service, criminal and civil enforcement defense law firm in Washington DC, United States.


His areas of expertise are:

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Sports Law


  • BA (History), Johns Hopkins University
  • MA (History), Johns Hopkins University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Doctor of Philosophy (History), University of Pennsylvania
  • MA (Ethics), University of Virginia
  • LLM (Dispute Resolution), Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law

Membership and Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Law, Valparaiso University Law School (2007-2013)
  • Swygert Research Professor and Professor of Law, Valparaiso University Law School (2012-2014)
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School (2012)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law (2012-2014)
  • Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Notre Dame Law School (2014)
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Handong Law School (2014-present)
  • Full Professor of Law and Founding Faculty Member, Hamad bin Khalifa University (2015-present)
  • Co-Founder and Lecturer, Program on Law, Society and Business provided by the University of Padua, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Hamad bin Khalifa University (2016-present)
  • Visiting Professor of Law, The Open University (2017-present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Australia (2018-present)
  • Arbitrator, Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal (2019-present)
  • Visiting Professor of Sports Law, Tashkent State University of Law (2021-present)
  • Arbitrator, Sport Resolutions (UK) (2021-present)
  • Advisory Board, Sports Law Middle East (2021-present)
  • Secretary, Ethics Committee, International Mediation Institute (2021-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University in Qatar (2022-present)
  • Main Lecturer, Qatar Olympic Academy (2022-present)
  • Officer, Mediation Committee, International Bar Association (2022-present)
  • Mediator, United States Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (2022-present)


  • Resolving Football Disputes in the Middle East, Josoor Institute Papers (2020)
  • Sports Law in Qatar: The Jurisprudence of the Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal, MENA Business Law Review (2021)
  • Counsel Ethics in Transnational Lawyering: The Case of International Commercial Courts (Cambridge 2022)
  • Alternative Dispute Revolution: Technology and ADR in the Middle East Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, John Marshall Law Journal (2022)
  • Legal Issues and Mega-Sporting Events in the Middle East (Edward Elgar, 2022)
  • Mediation Ethics after the Singapore Convention, American Journal of Mediation (2022)
  • The Development of E-Sports Law in Qatar, Josoor Institute (2022)
  • Sports Incubators and Qatar’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (2022)
  • E-Sports Law in the Middle East (Edward Elgar, 2022)
  • Sports Arbitration and Human Rights (Routledge, 2022)
  • Legal Impact of Mega Sports Events (Edward Elgar, 2022)
  • Arbitration Law and Qatar-Uzbek Relations, Qatar Business Law Review (2022)
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