Fonction(s) actuelle(s)

  • Alex L. Parks Distinguished Chair in Law and Dean Emeritus, Willamette University, USA

Domaine(s) d’expertise

  • Private International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • International Litigation and Arbitration


Symeon C. Symeonides is the Alex L. Parks Distinguished Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon, USA. His courses and research areas are Private International Law, Transnational Litigation and Arbitration, and Comparative Law. He holds two law degrees summa cum laude from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from Harvard, and three honorary doctorates. He has taught at Thessaloniki, Louisiana State University, Tulane, Loyola (New Orleans), Paris-I (Sorbonne), Paris-V (Descartes), Aix-en-Provence, Louvain-la-Neuve, New York University, and The Hague Academy of International Law.

He has published 27 books and more than 120 articles, some of which appear in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, or Spanish. Reviewers have called him “the world’s leading expert on comparative conflicts law,” “a conflicts-law giant,” and “the father of codification,” and his publications “brilliant,” “engrossing,” “masterful,” and “indispensable.” His work has been honored with four scholarly prizes and two Lifetime Achievement Awards and has been cited by the supreme courts of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel (22 times). He has drafted private international law codifications for three states, participated in drafting two international conventions, and provided legislative advice to four countries. He is past president of the International Association of Legal Science and the American Society of Comparative Law.

Publications sélectionnées

  • Conflict of Laws: American, Comparative, International (with Wendy C. Perdue) (4th ed. West Academic, 2019)
  • Conflict of Laws (with P. Hay, P. Borchers & C. Whytock) (West Hornbook Series, 6th ed. 2018)
  • Choice of Law in the American Courts (2011-2015) (Chinese translation by Prof. Tao Du, Law Press China, 2018)
  • Private International Law: Idealism, Pragmatism, Eclecticism (The Hague Academy of International Law, 2017)
  • Codifying Choice of Law Around the World: An International Comparative Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2014);Paperback edition (2017)
  • Oxford Commentaries on American Law: Choice of Law (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Private International Law: United States of America (International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Kluwer Law International, 2015)
  • American Private International Law, Kluwer Law International (2008)
  • The American Choice-of-Law Revolution: Past, Present, and Future, The Hague Academy of International Law Monographs (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2006)
  • Le droit international privé à la fin du vingtième siègle: Progrès ou recul? (Kluwer Law International, 2000)
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