John Y. Gotanda
Professor of Law
John Gotanda assumed the deanship of Villanova University School of Law on January 1, 2011. He previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, and Director of the J.D./M.B.A. Program.
Dean Gotanda’s scholarly interests focus on damages in international law and international commercial arbitration. He is the author of Supplemental Damages in Private International Law, which was published by Kluwer Law International, as well as numerous articles that have been published in the American Journal of International Law, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. His scholarly writings have been cited by courts, tribunals and commentators, including most recently by U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, U.S. District Courts in Illinois, Louisiana and the District of Columbia, the Supreme Courts of Iowa and Texas, the California Courts of Appeal, and arbitral panels deciding transnational contract disputes and investment tribunals deciding cases under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Dean Gotanda has spoken widely on the subject of damages in international law. He has lectured on damages at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law, which was published in Recueil des Cours. He also taught at the University of Mainz and the Geneva Master in International Dispute Settlement (University of Geneva and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), and given numerous presentations on damages, including at Gray’s Inn in London (at the invitation of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law), the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Tokyo University, 4th Annual Arab Conference for Commercial and Maritime Law at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dean Gotanda has served as an expert on damages for parties involved in international disputes, including high-stakes investment treaty arbitrations between multinational companies and governments, as well as disputes involving the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Conventions on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. He also is a member of the Academic Council of The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, an Associate Editor of Transnational Dispute Management, and an Associate Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.
Dean Gotanda received his J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Hawaii Law Review. Following law school, he was a staff attorney with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then worked as an associate attorney with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and later with Goodwin, Procter & Hoar in Boston before joining the faculty in 1994.
Courses and Seminars
- Federal Courts/Federal Systems
- International Commercial Arbitration
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