Law School Annex 140-Q
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J.D. with Honors, University of Illinois College of Law, 2001
LL.M in International and Comparative Law, University of Georgia, 1997
LL.B, Addis Ababa University, 1993


Immigration Law


  • Immigration Law Clinic  (IMMG-400-A)

        Won Kidane

        Associate Professor

        Curriculum VitaePDF


        Professor Kidane is an Associate Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of international arbitration and litigation, international and comparative law, and immigration law and clinic. Professor Kidane has published a comprehensive book on dispute settlement in China-Africa economic relations focusing on investment and commercial arbitration. His new book on Diverse Cultures in the New World of International Arbitration is expected to be released by Oxford University Press in 2016. He has also coauthored two more books and published numerous law review articles.

        Before joining the Seattle University Law School in 2008, Professor Kidane taught at Penn State Dickinson School of Law for three years. Prior to joining the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Professor Kidane practiced law in Washington D.C. with the Law firm of Piper Rudnick (now DLA-Piper), and later Hunton & Williams. His practice focused on international arbitration and litigation. He continues to consult in these areas with law firms.

        Professor Kidane currently teaches International Arbitration and Litigation, and Immigration Law and Clinic.   



        DIVERSE CULTURES IN THE NEW WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016.)

        LITIGATING WAR: MASS CIVIL INJURY AND THE ERITREA-ETHIOPIA CLAIMS COMMISSION (with Sean Murphy and Thomas R. Snider; Oxford University Press, 2013.)

        GLOBAL ISSUES IN IMMIGRATION (with Raquel Aldana, Beth Lyon and Karla McKanders; Thomson West, forthcoming 2013.)


        Book Reviews

        Review of International Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques, by Duncan French, Mathew Saul & Nigel D. White (eds) ( Hart Publishing 2010.) Law & Politics Review, Vol. 20, No. 10, 569ff.

        Immigration Law as Contract: Everyday Law for Immigrants, By Victor C. Romero (Boulder Paradigm Publishers, 2009) 34 Seattle L. Rev. 889 (2010).


        ICSID and Africa's New Economic Partners (forthcoming 2013)
        Procedural Due Process in the Expulsion of Aliens, EMORY INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW, 2013).

        The Inquisitorial Advantage in Removal Proceedings, 45 Akron Law Review __(2012).

        Managing Displacement by Law In Africa: The Role of the New African Union IDPs Convention, 44 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1 (Spring 2011).

        The Alienage Spectrum Disorder:  The Bill of Rights from Chinese Exclusion to Guantanamo, 20 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 89 (2010).

        Managing Displacement by Law, 44 VANDERBILT JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW 1 (Spring 2011).

        The Terrorism Bar to Asylum in Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom and the United States: Transporting Best Practices, 33 Fordham international Law Journal 300 (2010).

        The Status of Private Military Contractors Under International Humanitarian Law, 38 Denver International Law Journal 361 (2010).

        Review of International Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques, by Duncan French, Mathew Saul & Nigel D. White (eds). ( Oxford, Hart Publishing 2010.) LAW & POLITICS REVIEW, Vol. 20, No. 10, 569ff.

        The Terrorism Exception to Asylum: Managing the Uncertainty in Status Determination, 41 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 669 (2008).

        Revisiting the Rules of Evidence and Procedure in Adversarial Immigration Proceedings, 57 Cath. U. L. Rev. 93 (2008).

        The Challenges of Representing Detained Noncitizens in Expedited Removal Proceedings from the Perspective of the Dickinson School of Law Immigration Clinic (symposium issue), 17 Widener L. J. 391 (2008).

        Combating Corruption Through International Law in Africa: A Comparative Analysis (with Tom Snider), 40 Cornell Int'l L.J. 691 (2007).

        Committing a Crime While a Refugee: Rethinking the Issue of Deportation in Light of the Principle Against Double Jeopardy, 34 Hastings Const. L. Q. 383 (2007).

        The Jurisprudence of Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Tribunal, 25 Wis. Int'l L. J. 23 (2007).

        An Injury to the Citizen a Pleasure to the State: A Peculiar Challenge to the Enforcement of International Refugee Law, 6 Chi-Kent J. Int'l & Comp. L 116 (2006).

        The Ethiopian Red Terror Trials in M. Cherif Bassiouni (ed), POST CONFLICT JUSTICE (Transnational pub, 2002).