Faculty

Education

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

Specializations

International Arbitration, International Litigation, International and Comparative law, International Investment Law, and Immigration Law and Clinic.

Won Kidane

Curriculum VitaePDF

Biography

Professor Kidane is a Fulbright Scholar and a tenured 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, international investment 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 The Culture of International Arbitration has been released in March 2017 by Oxford University Press. Professor Kidane is a co-author of two more books, Litigating War (with Sean D. Murphy and Thomas R. Snider, Oxford, 2013), and Global Issues in Immigration (with Raquel Aldana, Beth Lyon and Karla McKanders, West,2013). He has also 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.

Publications

Books

THE CULTURE OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION (Oxford University Press, 2017).
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-culture-of-international-arbitration-9780199973927?cc=us&lang=en&

CHINA- AFRICA DISPUTE SETTLMENT: LAW, ECONOMICS AND CULTURE OF ARBITRATION (Walters Kluwer, 2011).
https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/store/products/china-africa-dispute-settlement-law-culture-economics-arbitration-prod-9041136746/hardcover-item-1-9041136746

LITIGATINF LAW: THE JURSPRUDENCE OF THE ERITREA-ETHIOPIA ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL IN THE HAUGE (with Sean Murphy & Thomas R. Snider) (Oxford University Press 2013).
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/litigating-war-9780199793723?cc=us&lang=en&

GLOBAL ISSUES IN IMMIGRATION (with Raquel Aldana, Beth Lyon and Karla McKanders, West, 2013).
http://store.westacademic.com/Aldana_Kidane_Lyon_and_McKanders_Global_Issues_in_
Immigration_Law_9781634590495.html

Articles

China and India's Investment Treaty Approaches and Implications for Africa Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (forthcoming, 2017).

China-Africa Bilateral Investment Treaties in Comparative Context, 49 CORNELL INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 141 (2016).

The China-Africa Factor in the ICISD Legitimacy Debate, 35 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 559 (2014).

China-Africa Investment Treaties: Old Rules, New Challenges, 37 FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 1035 (with Weidong ZHU, 2014).

Procedural Due Process in the Expulsion of Aliens under International, United States and European Union Law: A Comparative Analysis, 27 EMORY INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 286 (2013).

The Inquisitorial Advantage in Removal Proceeding 45 AKRON LAW REVIEW 647 (2012).

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

The Terrorism Bar to Asylum in Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom and the United States, 33 FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 300 (Spring 2010).

The Alienage Spectrum in the United States, 20 BERKELEY LA RAZA LAW REVIEW 89 (Spring 2010).

The Status of Private Military Contractors under International Humanitarian Law, 38 DENVER JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND POLICY 361 (Spring 2010).

The Terrorism Exception to Asylum: Managing the Uncertainty in Status Determination, 41 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF LAW REFORM 669 (2008).

Revisiting the Rules of Evidence and Procedure in Adversarial Immigration Proceedings, 57 CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 93 (2008).

The Challenges of Representing Detained Noncitizens in Expedited Removal Proceedings, 17 WIDENER LAW JOURNAL 391 (2008).

Civil Liability for Violations of International Humanitarian law: The Jurisprudence of The Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Tribunal in The Hague, 25 WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 23 (2007).

Combating Corruption Through International Law in Africa: A Comparative Analysis (with Tom Snider), 40 CORNELL INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 691 (2007).

Committing a Crime While a Refugee: Rethinking the Issue of Deportation in Light of the Principle Against Double Jeopardy, 34 HASTINGS CONSTITUTIONAL LAW QUARTERLY 383 (2007).

An Injury to the Citizen a Pleasure to the State: A Peculiar Challenge to the Enforcement of International Refugee Law, 6 CHICAGO KENT JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW 116 (2006).

Essays, Book Chapters, Book Reviews, And Other Publications

Missed Opportunities in the ILC Draft Articles on the Expulsion of Aliens, HARVARD HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNAL (forthcoming 2017).

The Contributions of Africans to the Development of International Law, AFRICAN COMMISSION JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (forthcoming 2017).

Transnational Dispute Management Special Issue on Africa (edited with Thomas R. Snider, Perry Bechky, (2016).

Reflections on Professor Romero's Insight on Decriminalization of Border Crossings, 39 FORDHAM URBAN LAW JOURNAL 19 (2012).

Understanding Human Trafficking and Its Victims, 9 SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 537 (2011).

Review of international Law and Dispute Settlement: New Problems and Techniques, by Duncan French, Mathew Saul & Nigel D. White (ed.) (Hart publishing, 2010.) LAW & POLITICS REVIEW, VOL. 20, No. 10. 569FF (2010).

Review of Immigration Law as Contract Law by Victor C. Romero, 34 SEATTLE L. REV. 889 (2011).

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

Recent Activity

Does Cultural Diversity Improve or Hinder the Quality of Arbitral Justice? (March 31, 2017) http://kluwerarbitrationblog.com/2017/03/31/does-cultural-diversity-improve-or-hinder-the-quality-of-arbitral-justice/

Trumps travel ban avoids some legal pitfalls but not all, local experts say, Seattle Times, (March 6, 2017) http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/trumps-new-travel-ban-avoids-some-legal-pitfalls-but-not-all-local-experts-say/

Fate of "Dreamers" could hinge on which court hears the case in Seattle (March 7, 2017) http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/fate-of-dreamers-could-hinge-on-which-court-hears-seattle-area-case/

Constitutionality of the travel ban (February 5, 2017) Q13Fox.

Federal Judge in Seattle Expedites Case Against President Trump's Travel Ban (February 21, 2017) http://q13fox.com/2017/02/13/federal-judge-in-seattle-expedites-case-against-president-trumps-travel-ban/

Appeals Court could rule on travel ban by mid-next week say experts (February 5, 2017) http://www.king5.com/news/local/appeals-court-could-rule-on-travel-ban-by-mid-week-say-legal-experts/399879468

How immigration enforcement will change under Trump Administration (February 22, 2017) http://www.king5.com/news/politics/national/how-immigration-enforcement-will-change-under-trump-administration/411435905

Kitsap's ‘sanctuary' status a gray area (February 4, 2017) http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/02/04/kitsaps-sanctuary-status-gray-area/97464452/ also USA Today at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/04/kitsaps-sanctuary-status-gray-area/97464452/

What does it mean to be a "Sanctuary City"? (February 2, 2017) http://knkx.org/post/what-does-it-mean-be-sanctuary-city

Washington Will take a swing at Trump's order (January 30, 217) http://crosscut.com/2017/01/washington-will-take-a-swing-at-trumps-order/

Unpacking Government: What rights do non-citizens have? (February 13, 2017) http://knkx.org/post/unpacking-government-what-rights-do-noncitizens-have