DegreesBoston College, J.D.
Tufts University, Ph.D.
Tufts University, M.A.
Georgetown University, B.A.
ExpertisePublic and Private International Law. International Trade and Investment. Corporate and Business Law. Privatization of State-owned Enterprises. International Relations. Foreign Policy of the United States in the Middle East. Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf Regional Studies. Asiatic Scythian (Saka) History. Toponymy.
Guive Mirfendereski was born in Tehran, Iran. He spent his childhood in the Netherlands, India and Turkey, and his adolescent years in Tehran and later Switzerland, with occasional summer and winter holiday visits to the Soviet Union. He completed his 9th grade studies at Don Bosco College (Andisheh) in Tehran, before continuing on to Villa Saint Jean in Fribourg, Switzerland, and Collège du Léman in Versoix, Switzerland. He speaks Persian (Farsi) and French.He is married, with one child, and lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Besides practicing law and teaching, Mirfendereski is an interpreter/translator with the Catholic Charities’ Community Interpretative Services in Boston, assisting the new arrivals from the Persian-speaking world to overcome the language barrier in their dealings with various governmental and non-governmental entities. Mirfendereski also manages the website www.SynTurf.org, a citizen information and advocacy site dedicated to educating the general public and public officials about the environmental and health issues associated with artificial turf fields and synthetic playing surfaces. In the summer months, he gardens and indulges in repurposing old wooden half-round lobster traps into home furnishings; a sampling of his work can be viewed on www.TrapWorks.com. The website www.JoePublius.com hosts Mirfendereski’s piece entitled, “The Girl in the Basement & Robert Philipp,” a photo-essay on America’s last impressionist (1895-1981).
Mirfendereski began his law career in 1988 as a corporate associate in the high-tech and venture capital group in the Boston-based national law firm Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett. His areas of practice included international trade and investment, business regulations, and government contracts. Following the dissolution of the firm, Mirfendereski spent two years as legal consultant to the governments of Rwanda and Sierra Leone on their World Bank private sector development projects, including the privatization of State-owned enterprises. Self-employed as a sole practitioner since 1992, he has been advising individuals and entities in a variety of legal matters. In 2008, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Mirfendereski “Lawyer of the Year.”
Mirfendereski received his law degree from Boston College Law School. He holds also a Ph.D., M.A.L.D. and M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He received his B.A. in Government, cum laude, from Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Mirfendereski started his teaching career in 1994 as Adjunct Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School, where he taught courses on Privatization, and Law and Development, and a summer course on International Business Transactions. In 1995, after serving as a Guberman Fellow, he taught at Brandeis as Adjunct Professor of International Law. In the period between 1995 and 1999 he taught courses at the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance (Lemberg Graduate Program), Economics Department and the Legal Studies Program. After a ten-year leave from teaching, Mirfendereski returned to Legal Studies at Brandeis in 2010, where he has been teaching International Law and Organizations, International Economic Law, and International Law and Development.
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Mirfendereski, Guive. The Privileged American: U.S. Capitulations in Iran, 1856-1979. Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publisher, 2014.
Mirfendereski, Guive, John B. Hattendorf. "Caspian Sea." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. 4 vols. 2007.
Mirfendereski, Guive, John B. Hattendorf. "Persian Gulf." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. 4 vols. 2007.
Mirfendereski, Guive, E. Yar Shater. "Abu Musa iii." Encyclopaedia Iranica. 2006.
Mirfendereski, Guive, E. Yar Shater. "Tonb Islands." Encyclopaedia Iranica. 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "American Oil Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea." by Gawdat Bahgat. Iranian Studies vol. Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 2005), pp. 692-694 2005
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Homavarka: The potheads of ancient Iran." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2005/May/Potheads/index.html 17 May 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "In Search of Lost Meanings: Part 1: Mountain majesties of Iran; Part 2: The riddle of Abvand; Part 3: Alvand the inspirational; Part 4: Band and Vand (Reappraisal)." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2005/May/Search/index.html 9-12 May 2005: Part 1 (9 May 2005), Part 2 (10 May 2005), Part 3 (11 May 2005), Part 4 (12 May 2005).
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf." by Faisal bin Salman al-Saud. Iranian Studies vol. Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 2005), pp. 686-691 2005
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Kneading a meaning: Etymology of Caviar." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2005/June/Caviar/index.html 10 June 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Of wine and war: Party time in ancient Iran." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2005/April/Wine/index.html 28 April 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Plain of paradise: Origins of Fenderesk." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2005/March/Fenderesk/index.html 28 March 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Saka Nomenclature: A Persian Appraisal." (2005)
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Saka Nomenclature: A Persian Appraisal." Iranian.com and The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS) 5 September 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Saka legacy in ancient Iran." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2005/May/Saka/index.html 24 May 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Unveiling Ashuradeh and Absukun: Searching for the origins of names off the southeast corner of the Caspian Sea." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2005/July/Unveil/index.html 15 July 2005.
Mirfendereski, Guive, E. Yar Shater. "Caspian Sea ii. Diplomatic History in Modern Times." Encyclopaedia Iranica. 2004.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Iran’s Persian Gulf Policy: From Khomeini to Khatami." by Christin Marschall. Iranian Studies vol. Vol. 37, No. 3 (Sep., 2004), pp. 533-536 2004
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Security and Territoriality in the Persian Gulf: A Maritime Political Geography." by Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh. Iranian Studies vol. Vol. 35, No. 1/3 (Winter - Summer, 2002), pp. 237-242 2002
Mirfendereski, Guive. A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea: Treaties, Diaries and Other Stories. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "A Colonial Legacy: The Dispute over the Islands of Abu Musa, the Greater and Lesser Tumbs." by Farhang Mehr. Iranian Studies vol. Vol. 33, No. 1/2 (Winter - Spring, 2000), pp. 261-265 2000
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Evolution of Iranian Sovereignty in the Caspian Sea." The Caspian Region at a Crossroad. Ed. H. Amirahmadi. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Persia and the Gulf: Retrospect and Prospect." by John F. Standish. Iranian Studies vol. Vol. 33, No. 3/4 (Summer - Autumn, 2000), pp. 505-508 2000
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Sag mahi: The theology of caviar." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2000/September/Caviar/index.html 13 September 2000.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "Snake Island: Great Tonb and the zoological evidence." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2000/August/Tonb/index.html 23 August 2000.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Historical, Political and Legal Bases of Iran's Sovereignty over the Islands of Tumb and Abumusa." by Davoud Hermidas Bavand. Iranian Studies vol. Vol. 33, No. 1/2 (Winter - Spring, 2000), pp. 261-265 2000
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Tonbs: The Haute Couture Connection." Iranian.com - http://iranian.com/GuiveMirfendereski/2000/September/Tonb/index.html 20 September 2000.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Tonbs & Abu Musa Controversy: An Evidentiary Perspective." Iran Quarterly Report 55-73.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Ownership of the Tonb Islands: A Legal Analysis." Small Islands, Big Politics. Ed. H. Amirahmadi. New York: St. Martins's Press, 1996
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Toponymy of the Tonb Islands." Iranian Studies 29. 3-4 (1996): 297-320.
Larschan, Bradley R. & Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Status of Counterclaims under International Law, with Particular Reference to International Arbitration involving a Private Party and a Foreign State." Denver Journal of International Law & Policy 15. (1986): 11-48.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "The Tamb Islands Controversy, 1887-1971: A Case Study in Claims to Territory in International Law." Diss. The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, May 1985.
Mirfendereski, Guive. "An International Law of Weather Modification." The Fletcher Forum 2. 1 (1978): 41-63.