Jonathan A. Eddy

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Academic Director, Legal Education Support Program – Afghanistan
Professor of Law

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Professor Eddy is Program Director for the U.S. Department of State-funded Legal Education Support Program--Afghanistan (LESPA), having re-joined the UW law school faculty in July 2005 and serving as the Director of the Asian Law Center from 2010 to 2013.

He is responsible for oversight of the project in Afghanistan and Seattle, designing study programs and professional mentoring for a cohort of Afghan law professors from Kabul University and leading provincial law schools in Afghanistan.

He has worked extensively as a consultant with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), its Australian counterpart (AusAID), and the U.S. Department of Commerce on a variety of legal reform initiatives in the Arabian Gulf and Southeast Asian regions. During 2003, Professor Eddy served as Resident Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in the Republic of Indonesia, where his principal responsibility was to support Indonesia's new Financial Intelligence Unit and associated government efforts combating money-laundering. He participated in revising the Indonesian anti-money laundering law, promulgation and implementation of presidential and ministerial decrees and agency regulations in the field of anti-money laundering and mutual legal assistance, and also served as part of the team representing Indonesia at international conferences and anti-money laundering forums.

Professor Eddy also has extensive experience in private law practice, having been included in Best Lawyers in America and selected by Washington Law & Politics magazine as a Washington SuperLawyer. His practice focused on complex corporate and financial transactions, and his diverse clientele included Citibank, Emirates Airlines and a number of venture capital investment partnerships.

Professor Eddy began his career teaching at Haile Selassie University Law School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970-73 under Ford Foundation sponsorship. His career includes tenured and visiting faculty positions at the University of North Carolina, Boalt Hall, Kobe University and the University of Virginia, and he has also lectured at Indonesian universities, in Japan and Afghanistan and throughout the Arabian Gulf region.

With his former colleague Professor Peter Winship, he has authored a national casebook, Commercial Transactions: Text, Cases and Problems (Little, Brown 1985).

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