Attorney Don Wallace, Jr. is Chairman of the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also counsel at the legal firm Winston & Strawn.
Mr. Wallace received his B.A. from Yale in 1953 (high honors) and his LL.B. from Harvard in 1957 (cum laude). He was a Fulbright Fellow in Turkey in 1967, a Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford in 1973-74, and an Eisenhower Exchange Fellow in 1976.
Mr. Wallace has taught courses in Public International Law; International Business and Economic Law; GATT/WTO; International Monetary, Finance and Investment Law; International and Comparative Procurement Law; Infrastructure Projects in Developing and Transition Countries; Investor-State Dispute Settlement; Constitutional Aspects of Foreign Affairs; Conservatism in Law in America; and Property.
He is active in numerous organizations and societies. These include membership on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law; service as a U.S. delegate to UNCITRAL; membership on the panel of arbitrators of the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration; membership on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Investment and Arbitration, Cairo; membership in the American Law Institute; membership on the executive committee of the Board of Governors, Republican National Lawyers Association; membership on the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian American Society; membership on the advisory board of the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative/Middle East North Africa (CEELI/MENA), Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI), American Bar Association; emeritus membership on the Board of Directors of the International Development Law Institute (IDLI, now IDLO), Rome; membership on the advisory committee of ABA/UNDP International Legal Resource Center; membership on the Legal Advisory Council, AEI Legal Center for the Public Interest. In addition, Mr. Wallace is a correspondent at UNIDROIT and vice president of the Board of Governors of the Uniform Law Foundation (UNIDROIT foundation), Rome; vice president of the Academic Council, European Center for Peace and Development, U.N. University for Peace, Belgrade; a member of the International Board of Advisors, The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, Freud Foundation U.S., New York; The Constitution Project (Guidelines for Constitutional Amendments); the War Powers Initiative; the Board of Directors and Advisory Council of the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) Foundation; and the Advisory Board of the Rumi Forum.
Formerly, Mr. Wallace was in private practice in New York City. He was also Deputy Assistant General Counsel, regional legal advisor for the Middle East, and acting head of Private Enterprise for the Alliance for Progress, and a consultant for AID; chairman of the Section of International Law and Practice, and member of House of Delegates, of the American Bar Association; chairman of the advisory committee on Technology and World Trade, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress; member of the United States Delegation to the U.N. Conference on State Succession in Respect of Treaties; chief United States delegate to UNCITRAL on industrial works contracts, procurement law and BOT/privately financed infrastructure projects; member of the executive committee of the Commercial Law Association (UNCITRAL foundation); vice president of the Shaybani Society of International Law; member of the Research Council of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; member of the International Investment Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; member of the Board of Trustees, and Secretary, of the Media Institute; member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest; alternate representative of the Committee on Legal Aspects of NIEO, International Law Association; chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the ALI Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, American Bar Association; co-chairman of the joint committee with Canadian Bar Association on trade and investment, American Bar Association; chairman of the Private International Law Coordinating Committee, Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association; liaison of American Bar Association to UNCITRAL; member-at-large of the Board, Harvard Law School Association, Washington, D.C.; member of the visiting committee Harvard law School (sub-committee on graduate and international programs); member of the Board of Directors of the International Law Students Association; member of the advisory board, Indonesia Economic Law and Improved Procurement Systems (ELIPS); member of the Board of Directors of the Azerbaijan-American Educational, Cultural and Economic Center; president of the consortium on privately financed infrastructure projects, European Center for Peace and Development, U.N. University for Peace, Belgrade; member of the Board of Trustees of the Middle East University of Science and Technology, Cairo; Legal Advisor to the State of Qatar; co-director of the economic and business law project with Russian (and formerly USSR) Academy of Sciences; visiting professor of law at the People’s University, Beijing, China; on roster of panelists of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body; member of the steering committee for law, National Association of Scholars; member of the Membership Committee, Cosmos Club; national chairman of the Law Professors for Bush and Quayle, 1988, 1992; and national co-chairman, Law Professors for Dole and Kemp, 1996.
Mr. Wallace is also an author of numerous books and publications, including Dear Mr. President: The Needed Turnaround in America’s International Economic Affairs; International Regulation of Multinational Corporations; and he is co-author of International Economics and Business: Law and Policy; Regulating Public Procurement: National and International Perspectives; Transnational Corporations and Legal Issues; Commentaries on Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States; Introduction to Turkish Law; and A Lawyer’s Guide to International Business Transactions, Investor-State Arbitration. He is also a member of several editorial boards.
Mr. Wallace is a Recipient of the Harry Leroy Jones Award for outstanding achievement in foreign and international law (1992), the Medal of Cairo University (1995), and the Leonard J. Theberge Award for distinguished and long-standing contributions to the development of private international law (2005). He has been invited to give the Inaugural Aelex Annual Lecture, Lagos, Nigeria (2005) and the Inaugural Muhammadu Lawal Uwais Annual Lecture, Abuja, Nigeria (2006).
A member of the Cosmos and Metropolitan Clubs in Washington, D.C., Mr. Wallace’s biography appears in WHO’s WHO in America and other biographical references. He is married to the former Daphne Mary Wickham and has three children and four grandchildren.