Jonathan Eddy

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


Phone: (206) 616-5825

Jonathan Eddy


B.A. 1966, Harvard University J.D. 1969, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Courses

LAW A 510 Sales
LAW A 544 Comparative and Transnational Commercial Law
LAW A 588 Survey of the American Judiciary
LAW B 538 Agency Externships
LAW B 583 Comparative Commercial Law

Selected Publications

  • Jon Eddy, Rule of Law in Afghanistan: The Intrusion of Reality, Kokusai Ky?ryoku Ronsh? [J. Int'l Cooperation Stud.], Oct. 2009, at 1-23.

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

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).

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

  • Jon Eddy, Lessons from Afghanistan: Some Suggested Ethical Imperatives for Rule of Law Programs, 39 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 901-41 (2013).
  • Jon Eddy, Rule of Law in Afghanistan: The Intrusion of Reality, Kokusai Ky?ryoku Ronsh? [J. Int'l Cooperation Stud.], Oct. 2009, at 1-23.
  • Jonathan A. Eddy, Legal Culture, Institutional Design Choices, and the Struggle to Implement an Effective Anti-Money Laundering Regime in Indonesia, 7 Austrl. J. Asian L. 1-23 (2005).
  • Jonathan Eddy, Effects of the Magnuson-Moss Act on Consumer Product Warranties, 55 N.C. L. Rev. 805 (1977).
  • Jonathan A. Eddy, On the "Essential" Purposes of Limited Remedies: The Metaphysics of UCC Section 2-719(2), 65 Cal. L. Rev. 28-93 (1977).
  • Jonathan Eddy, Payment with Subrogation under the Ethiopian Civil Code, 9 J. Ethiopian L. 106 (1973).
  • Jonathan A. Eddy, Crisci's Dicta of Strict Liability for Insurer's Failure to Settle: A Move Toward Rational Settlement Behavior, 43 Wash. L. Rev. 799-819 (1968).

Books or Treatises

  • Jonathan A. Eddy & Peter Winship, Commercial Transactions: Text, Cases and Problems (Little Brown 1985). 997 pages.

Book Chapters

  • Jon Eddy, The Asian Law Center: An Evolution, in Legal Innovations in Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law 48-57 (John O. Haley & Toshiko Takenaka eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).
  • Jonathan Eddy, “Letters of Credit," in UCC Commercial Law Deskbook (Wash. Bar Ass'n 1983).
  • "The GM Reorganization: Application of US Bankruptcy Law Principles", University of Indonesia, Faculty of Law Graduate Program (June 1, 2009)

  • "The GM Reorganization: Application of US Bankruptcy Law Principles", University of Indonesia, Faculty of Law (June 1, 2009)

  • "U.S. "Rule of Law" Projects: Some Special Considerations in Muslim Countries", Fakultas Hukum Universitas Diponegoro (June 1, 2009)

  • "US "Rule of Law" Projects in Muslim Countries: Mythologies, Stereotypes and False Paradigms", University of Indonesia (June 1, 2009)

  • "Parodoxes and Paradigms: Foreign Intervention in Afghanistan", Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (May 1, 2009)

  • "Is a "Rule of Law" Possible in Afghanistan?", Kobe Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies and Kobe University Faculty of Law (December 1, 2008)

  • "Changes and Constants in American Technical Legal Assistance Programs", Kobe Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (October 1, 2008)

  • "Confessions (and Reflections) of an Overseas Agent of the BIA", Conference on Traditional Values in Navejo Policy Analysis, Dine College (May 1, 2008)

  • "An Introduction to the Role of Commercial Law in Economic Development", Afghan Legal English Winter Course, USAID (February 23, 2008)

  • "Secured Transactions and Lending Law", Regional Conference, U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Middle East Partnership Initiative (January 27, 2008)

  • "Cognitive Dissonance and Donor Distortion in the Implementation of “Rule of Law” Projects", Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (July 28, 2007)

  • "Challenges of Legal Pluralism in Afghan Legal Reconstruction", 4th Annual Conference, Asian Law Institute (May 24, 2007)

  • "The Afghan Legal Educators Program: Challenges of Legal Reconstruction in a Post-Conflict Setting", with Clark Lombardi, Hot Spots Lecture Series, University of Washington (April 4, 2007)

  • Keynote, "The Role of Commercial Law and Commercial Court Judges in Economic Progress", U.S. Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Justice of Yemen Conference of Commercial Court Judges (December 1, 2006)

  • "Performance Evaluation of Indonesia's Financial Intelligence Unit (PPATK) and the Indonesian Anti-Money Laundering Regime upon the 3d Anniversary of PPATK's Operational Status", USAID (September 1, 2006)