Professor Gotanda's 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. It is the only contemporary book to undertake a comparative study of the laws in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia on various damages (including interest, attorneys' fees and punitive damages), and to examine treaties and conventions, arbitral rules, trade usage, general principles of law, scholarly writings and the decisions of international tribunals on the awarding of these damages in private international law. His 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, and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. His latest article on compound interest in international disputes will be included in the 2004 Oxford University Comparative Law Forum. Professor Gotanda's scholarly writings have been cited by courts, tribunals and commentators, including most recently by U.S. courts of appeals for the second, ninth and eleventh circuits, U.S. district courts in Illinois and the District of Columbia, arbitral panels deciding cases under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, and tribunals deciding cases under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Professor 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. He also has been invited to give a series of lectures at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law.
Professor 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.
Professor Gotanda is admitted to practice in Hawaii, the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. He is also a member of the American Society of International Law, the ABA Section on International Law and Practice, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the International Law Association.