Visiting professor to implement asylum clinic

October 21, 2005

Won Kidane, a native of Ethiopia, is a visiting professor of law at Penn State Dickinson. He is currently working to establish a new asylum clinic at the law school, which will provide representation to foreign nationals seeking sanctuary in the United States because of fear of persecution in their home countries.

Before his current appointment at Penn State Dickinson, Kidane practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the law firm of Piper Rudnick, and later Hunton and Williams. His practice focused on international arbitration and litigation matters.

Before his legal practice in Washington, D.C., Kidane worked as a legal officer in association with the Regional Office of the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Refugees in Africa. His duties included refugee status determination and protection of rights of refugees from various parts of Africa. Kidane also taught criminal procedure and law of evidence as an adjunct faculty in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Kidane is a recipient of visiting scholar awards and fellowships from various institutions including Northwestern University, University of Brussels, San Ramo Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian law in Italy and DePaul International Human Rights Law Institute. Kidane's areas of interest and research include international refugee law, the law of armed conflict, movement of persons across borders, and international arbitration and litigation.

Kidane's office is located in the Beam Building at University Park. He can be reached at or (814) 863-3730.

  • Won Kidane is a visiting professor of law.

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