Mark A. Chinen

Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 456
(206) 398-4040


B.A., cum laude, Pomona College, 1981
M.Div., magna cum laude, Yale Divinity School, 1984
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988; Harvard International Law Review associate editor


International Law


Business Entities (BUSN-300-E)
Contracts (CONT-105-C)


Mark Chinen is a Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law and a Fellow of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. He was educated at Pomona College and Yale Divinity School before receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School. Before he began law teaching, Professor Chinen practiced in the areas of international trade, banking and corporate and securities law in Washington D.C. with the firm, Covington & Burling. Professor Chinen teaches contracts and courses in international law and writes on various aspects of international law, particularly international governance, theology and international law, and the relationship between domestic and international law. He was the inaugural William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence from 2007 to 2010.



Crumbs from the Table: The Syrophoenician Woman and International Law, 27 J. L. & Relig. 1 (2011-2012).

Governing Complexity, in Globalization and Governance 43 (Laurence Boulle ed. 2011).
Teaching as a Form of Love, 9 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 221 (2010).

Matters of Preference: Tracing the Line between Citizens, Democratic States, and International Law (with Lana Ellis), 19 Transnat'l L. & Contemp. Probs. 419 (2010).

Secrecy and Democratic Decisions, 27 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 1 (2009).

On Lawyers and Good Samaritans: A Reflection, 4 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 497 (2006).

Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan and the Use of Procedural and Substantive Heuristics for Consensus, 27 Mich. J. Int’l L. 55 (2005).

Game Theory and Customary International Law: A Response to Professors Goldsmith and Posner, 23 Mich. J. of Int'l L. 143 (2001).

Presidential Certifications in U.S. Foreign Policy Legislation, 31 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 217 (1999).

Case Note: Bank of Hawaii v. Balos, 701 F. Supp. 744 (1988), 83 Am. J. Int'l L. 583 (1989).

Jurisdiction: Foreign Plaintiffs, Forum Non Conveniens, and Litigation Against Multinational Corporations, 28 Harv. Int'l L.J. 202 (1987).