Rex Zedalis - Faculty & Adjuncts

Rex Zedalis, LL.M, JD

Rex Zedalis, LL.M, JD
Director of Comparative and International Law Center
Professor Emeritus of Law
College of Law
918-631-3050 College of Law Room 208


JSD – Columbia University LLM – George Washington University JD – Pepperdine University BA – California State University


Professor Zedalis received his J.D. from Pepperdine University, his LL.M. (with highest honors) from George Washington University, and a J.S.D. from Columbia University. His areas of special interest include law relating to international energy resources and international trade and investment matters. His articles on the export control aspects of the Chemical Weapons Treaty were recently published in the International Lawyer and the American Journal of International Law. Before he joined TU College of Law in 1981, he was a Cutting Fellow in International Law at Columbia University and was a research associate with the International Comparative Law Program at George Washington University. He also served in the general counsel offices of the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Research Interests

His most recent research interests have focused on aspects of Iraqi oil and gas law, but have included international economic law, arms control, and self-defense.

Teaching Interests

International Energy
International Trade Law
Property Law and associated courses like land use controls, and financing land transactions


Law Reviews

  • Rex Zedalis, Claims in Oklahoma by a Mortgagor to a Condemnation Award: The Effect of Foreclosure, 52 Tulsa L. Rev. 289 (2017).

  • Rex Zedalis, Do the Property Law Principles of a Personal “Benefit” Affecting the Runnability of a “Burden” and the Rule Against Perpetuities Render Unenforceable Promises to Pay Money When Transferred Land is Used For Specified Energy Activities?, 51 Tulsa Law Review 759 (2016).

  • Rex Zedalis, A Promise to Pay Money if Land is Used for Identified Energy-Related Activities: Can Successors of the Promisor be Bound?, 50 Tulsa L. Rev. 805 (2015).

  • Rex Zedalis, The Role Provincial Governmental Units Can Play Regarding Oil and Gas Development Agreements in the Kurdish North: Allocation of Iraqi Constitutional Power, 2016 J. World Energy Law & Bus. 314 (2013).

  • Rex Zedalis, Iraqi Kurdistan’s Oil and Gas: Can a Third Party Claim a Compensable Legal Right in a Production Sharing Contract between the KRG and Other Private Companies?, 2012 Int’l Energy L. Rev. 242 (2012).

  • Rex Zedalis, Climate Change and the National Academy of Sciences’ Idea of Geo-engineering: One American Academic’s Perspective on First Considering the Text of Existing International Agreements, 19 Eur. Energy & Envtl. L. Rev. 18 (2010).

  • Rex Zedalis, Foundations of Baghdad’s Argument that Regions Lack Consitutional Authority Over Oil and Gas Development Agreements, 26 Int’l Bar Assoc.’s J. Energy & Nat. Resources L. 303 (2008).

  • Rex Zedalis, Recent Oil Contracts with Iraqi Kurdish Authorities: Are They Legally Valid, 2008 Int’l Energy L. Rev. 16 (2008).

  • Rex Zedalis, Distributions of Oil and Gas Earnings Under the Proposed Iraqi Revenue Sharing Law: Legal Complications and the Kurdistan Region, 2008 Oil, Gas & Energy L. Intelligence 3 (2008).

  • Rex Zedalis, Iraqi Oil and Revenues from its Sale: A Review of How Existing Security Council Resolutions Affected the Past and May Shape the Future, 18 Eur. J. Int’l Law 499 (2007).

  • Rex Zedalis, Subcentral Governmental Investment Incentives: Assessing Their Lawfulness Under the GATT and the SCM Agreement, 8 J. World Investment & Trade 85 (2007).

  • Rex Zedalis, When Do the Activities of Private Parties Trigger WTO Rules, 10 J. Int’l Econ. L. 335 (2007).

  • Rex Zedalis & R. Langenkamp, International Comparisons of Energy Use & the Environment: Does It Make Sense to Call on Wind Power?, (with Dobie Langenkamp) 15 Europ. Envt’l L. Rev. 162 (2006).

  • Rex Zedalis, Walking the Tightrope: Doing International Business in Light of the U.S. Iranian Transaction Regulations Concept of ’Facilitation’, 2006 Int’l Bus. L.J. 67 (2006).

  • Rex Zedalis, Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq: The ’Final Word’ on Efforts to Eliminate Saddam Hussein’s Biological, Chemical, Nuclear Weapons Threat, 2006 International Peacekeeping: The Yearbook of Peace Operations 115 (2006).

  • Rex Zedalis, Circumstances Justifying Pre-emptive Self-Defense: Thoughts Prompted by the Military Action Against Iraq, 74 Nordic J. Int’l L. 209 (2005).

  • Rex Zedalis, United States/European Communities Biotech Products Case: Opportunity for World Trade Organization Consideration of Whether General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Article XI(1)’s Reference to “Other Measures”, 38 J. World Trade 647 (2004).

  • Rex Zedalis & R. Langenkamp, An Analysis of Claims Regarding Transferable “Legal Title” to Iraqi Oil in the Immediate Aftermath of Gulf War II: Paradigm for Insight on Continuation of UN Juridical Regimes Following the Initiation of Belligerent Occupation, (with R. Dobie Langenkamp) 63 Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht and Völksrecht (ZaöRV) 605 (2003).

  • Rex Zedalis, Developments Regarding the United Nations Weapons Inspection Regime in Iraq, 2002 International Peacekeeping: The Yearbook of International Peace Operations 171 (2003).

  • Rex Zedalis & R. Langenkamp, What Happens to the Iraqi Oil? Thoughts on Some Significant Unexamined International Legal Questions Regarding Occupation of Oil Fields, (with R. Dobie Langenkamp) 14 Europ. J. Int’l L. 417 (2003).

  • Rex Zedalis, Government Participation or Acquiescence in Trade Affecting Consumer Information: Does Culpability Arise Under the GATT?, 59 Netherlands Int’l L. Rev. 227 (2002).

  • Rex Zedalis, GMO Food Measures as ‘Restrictions’ Under GATT Article XI(1), 11 Europ. Envt’l L. Rev. 16 (2002).

  • Rex Zedalis, Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods–The Limits of GATT Rules, 35 J. World Trade 301 (2001).

  • Rex Zedalis, The Quiet, Continuing Air War Against Iraq: An Interpretive Analysis of the Controlling Security Council Resolutions, 55 Austrian J. Pub. & Intl. L. 181 (2000).

  • Rex Zedalis, Dealing With the Weapons Inspections Crisis in Iraq, 59 Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völksrecht (ZaöRV) 37 (1999).

  • Rex Zedalis, Untying the Gordian Knot: Evaluating the Legal Dimensions of the U.N. Weapons Inspection Programme in Iraq and Rethinking the Future, 12 Leiden J. Intl. L. 297 (1999).

  • Rex Zedalis, An Analysis of Some Principal Legal Questions Relating to U.N. Weapons Inspections in Iraq, 67 Nordic J. Int’l L. 249 (1998).

  • Rex Zedalis, How Does the New OECD Convention on Bribery Stack Up Against the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?, 32 J. World Trade 167 (1998).

  • The Total S.A. Case: Meaning of ’Investment’ Under the ILSA, , 92 Am. J. Int’l. L. 539 (1998).

  • Rex Zedalis, The Total S.A. Case: Meaning of ’Investment’ Under the ILSA, 92 Am. J. Int’l. L. 539 (1998).

  • Rex Zedalis, Internationalizing Prohibitions on Foreign Corrupt Practices: The OAS Convention and the OECD Revised Recommendation, 31 J. World Trade 45 (1997).

  • Rex Zedalis, Product v. Non-Product Based Distinctions in GATT Article III Trade and Environment Jurisprudence: Recent Developments, 6 Europ. Envt’l L. Rev. 108 (1997).

  • Rex Zedalis, The Environment and the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement: Did the Reformated Gasoline Panel Miss A Golden Opportunity?, 64 Netherlands Int’l L. Rev. 186 (1997).

  • Rex Zedalis, An Independent Quebec: State Succession to NAFTA, 2 NAFTA: L. & Bus. Rev. of the Americas 3 (1996).

  • Rex Zedalis, Claims By Individuals in International Economic Law: NAFTA Developments, 7 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. 115 (1996).

  • Rex Zedalis, New Export Controls for Chemicals on the Horizon?, 30 Int’l Lawyer (International Law Section of the ABA) 141 (1996).

  • Rex Zedalis, The Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act: United States Control over Exports, 90 Am. J. Int’l L. 138 (1996).

  • Rex Zedalis, Connections: Interpretive Perspectives and Social Attitudes, 26 Seton Hall L. Rev. 255 (1995).

  • Rex Zedalis, A Theory of the GATT “Like” Product Common Language Cases, 27 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 33 (1994).

  • Rex Zedalis, Gulf War Compensation Standard: Concerns Under the Charter, 1993/2 Revue Belge De Droit Int’l 333 (1993).

  • Rex Zedalis, On First Considering Whether Law Binds, 69 Ind. L.J. 137 (1993).

  • Rex Zedalis, An International Perspective on Energy, 27 Tulsa L.J. 473 (1992).

  • Rex Zedalis, International Trade and Investment Developments, 1 The Globalist 4 (1992).

  • Rex Zedalis, Right to Return: A Closer Look, 6 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 499 (1992).

  • Rex Zedalis, Burning of the Kuwaiti Oilfields and the Laws of War, 24 Vand. J. Transnat’l. L. 711 (1991).

  • Rex Zedalis, Military Necessity and Iraqi Destruction of Kuwaiti Oil, 1990/2 Revue Belge de Droit Int’l 333 (1990).

  • Rex Zedalis, Protection of Nationals Abroad: Is Consent The Basis of Legal Obligation, 25 Tex. Int’l. L.J. 209 (1990).

  • Rex Zedalis, Preliminary Thoughts on Some Unresolved Questions Involving the Law of Anticipatory Self-Defense, 19 Case W. Res. J. Int’l. L. 129 (1987).

  • Rex Zedalis, On the Lawfulness of Forceful Remedies for Violations of Arms Control Agreements:`Star Wars’ and Other Glimpses at the Future, 18 N.Y.U. J. Int’l. L. & Pol. 73 (1985).

  • Rex Zedalis, Foreign State Military Use of Another State’s Continental Shelf and International Law of the Sea, 16 Rutgers L.J. 1 (1984).

  • Rex Zedalis, Agricultural Trade and Section 22, 31 Drake L. Rev. 587 (1982).

  • Rex Zedalis, Some Thoughts on the United Nations Charter and the Use of Military Force Against Economic Coercion, 17 Tulsa L.J. 487 (1982).

  • Rex Zedalis, Military Installations, Structures, and Devices on the Continental Shelf: A Response, 76 Am. J. Int’l. L. 926 (1981).

  • Rex Zedalis, Disclosure of Foreign Investment in U.S. Agricultural Land, 31 Mercer L. Rev. 711 (1980).

  • Rex Zedalis, Legal Effects of the Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Agricultural Commodities, 10 Denv. J. Int’l. L. & Pol’y 89 (1980).

  • Rex Zedalis, Will Article III of the Moon Treaty Improve Existing Law?: A Textual Analysis, 5 Suffolk Transnat’l. L.J 53 (1980).

  • Rex Zedalis, ’Peaceful Purposes’ and Other Relevant Provisions of the Revised Composite Negotiating Text: A Comparative Analysis of the Existing and the Proposed Military Regime for the High Seas, 7 Syracuse J. Int’l L. & Com. 1 (1979).

  • Rex Zedalis, Development of Antarctica, 73 Am. Soc’y. Int’l L. Ann. Proc. 264 (1979).

  • Rex Zedalis, Military Uses of Ocean Space and the Developing International Law of the Sea: An Analysis in the Context of Peacetime ASW, 16 San Diego L. Rev. (Law of the Sea Symposium XI) 575 (1979).

  • Rex Zedalis & Catherine Wade, Anti-Satellite Weapons and the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, (with Catherine Wade) 8 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 454 (1978).

  • Rex Zedalis, United States: Consent Orders in Unfair Trade Practice Cases, 12 J. World Trade L. 85 (1978).

  • Rex Zedalis, Comment, Resurrection of Reynolds: 1974 Amendment to National Defense and Foreign Policy Exemption, 4 Pepp. L. Rev. 81 (1977).


  • Rex Zedalis, Oil and Gas in the Disputed Kurdish Territories: Jurisprudence, Native Peoples and Natural Resources, and Regional Minorities in a Federal System (2012).

  • Rex Zedalis, Claims Against Iraqi Oil and Gas: Legal Complications and Lessons Learned (2010).

  • Rex Zedalis, The Legal Dimensions of Oil and Gas Law in Iraqi: Current Reality and Future Prospects (2009).

  • Rex Zedalis, International Energy Law: Rules Governing Future Exploration, Exploitation, and Use of Renewable Resources (2000).


  • International Trade Law, in The Oxford Companion to American Law (Kermit L. Hall ed., 2002).

  • Law of War, in The Oxford Companion to American Law (Kermit L. Hall ed., 2002).

  • An International Law Analysis of the Major U.N. Resolutions Concerning the Palestine Question, U.N. Doc. ST/SG/Ser. F/4. 1979 (consultant basis).

  • Law of the Sea After the Fourth and Fifth New York Sessions, Report of the World Ass’n of Lawyers Comm. on the Law of the Seas, Manila Conference on the Law of the World, Aug. 21-26, 1977.

Courses Taught

  • Property
  • International Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Financing Land Transactions

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Law Professor (Section 003)
  • Outstanding Law Professor of the Year
  • University Outstanding Professor of the Year
  • Outstanding Law Professor
  • Outstanding Teacher Award