PROF. WON KIDANE
Professor Dr. Won Lemma Kidane is a Fulbright Scholar who holds a tenured faculty position as a Full Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law where he has taught since 2008. Prior to that Professor Won taught at the Pennsylvania State University School of Law for three years. Before joining the legal academy in the United States, Prof. Won practiced international arbitration and litigation with the global law firms of Piper Rudnick (now DLA Piper) and later Hunton & Williams in their Washington, DC offices.
Professor Won is a prolific author and one of the leading scholars in the areas of international investment law in Africa and globally. He is the author or co-author of four books and more than 40 law review articles and book chapters in leading international law journals and books. His book on China-Africa Dispute Settlement is the first of its kind. His fourth book on The Culture of International Arbitration by Oxford University Press is widely considered a groundbreaking work in the field. Prof. Won is currently writing a comprehensive book on Africa's International Investment Law Regimes for Oxford University Press.
Professor Won has also taught law in South Africa, Ethiopia, and China. He is a member of many organizations including the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, the American Society of International Law, and the Academic Forum on Investor-State Arbitration Reform.
He holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree from Georgetown, a Juris Doctor degree (JD) with honors from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from the University of Georgia School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from Addis Ababa University.
Professor Won has represented African States, their subdivisions and instrumentalities in a wide array of international litigation and arbitration matters ranging from mining, infrastructure, construction, railway, and oil and gas to commodities trading. He has represented SOEs at critical stages of relationship formation ranging from contract negotiations, dispute prevention, contract management, mediation, and conciliation to arbitration and court litigation. He has also counseled companies in private equity ventures, contract negotiations, and dispute resolution.
Professor Won is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Washington State.