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About John Y Gotanda

John Gotanda is Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law.
His scholarly interests focus on damages in international law and international commercial arbitration. His book Supplemental Damages in Private International Law was published in 1998 by Kluwer Law International, the world's largest publisher of international legal materials. Dean Gotanda's articles have been published in the American Journal of International Law, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, Law & Policy in International Business, 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 (in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 554 U.S. 471 (2008), 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, including tribunals deciding cases under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Dean Gotanda has spoken widely on the subject of damages in international law. In 2007, he gave a series of lectures on damages at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law, which was published in 326 Recueil des Cours 73-407 (2007). He also recently spoke at the ICC Institute of World Business Law in Paris, ICC-UK Annual Meeting in London, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong, 4th Annual Arab Conference for Commercial and Maritime Law at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt, Willem C. Vis MAA CISG Conference in Vienna, Austria, the University of Birmingham in England, the University of Mainz in Germany, Conference on Remedies in Commercial, Investment, and Energy Arbitrations in Houston, Texas (The Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Houston International Arbitration Club, Inc., and the University of Texas School of Law), Institute for Transnational Arbitration Conference: Damages in International Arbitration: Strategies, Techniques and Presentation, Dallas, Texas, the University of Stockholm in Sweden, Tokyo University in Japan, University of Belgrade in Serbia, Geneva Master in International Dispute Settlement (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva) in Switzerland, Wuhan University in China, and Gray’s Inn in London (at the invitation of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law). In addition, he has been quoted in the NEW YORK TIMES and the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, and has appeared on the nationally syndicated program NPR Marketplace.
Dean Gotanda has served as an expert on damages for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. State Department, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, as well as for private parties involved in international investment disputes. In addition, he serves an arbitrator in international arbitrations (including in cases administered under the auspices of ICSID and the Permanent Court of Arbitration).
Dean Gotanda is a member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Conventions on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the Rapporteur for the Council’s Opinion on Calculating Damages under the CISG. 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 Wolrd Business Law.


Present Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

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