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David K. Linnan

Title: Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-7740
Fax: 803-777-8613

1525 Senate Street
Room 320
Columbia, SC 29208


CV (pdf)

Asian Law Centre of the University of Melbourne (Associate)

Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (Senior Associate)

Law & Finance Institutional Partnership (Program Director)

David K. Linnan


Professor Linnan joined USC School of Law faculty 1987 after serving as a Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute in West Germany (1979–81) and as an Associate Attorney with O'Melveny & Myers in L.A. (1981–87). A specialist in Asian Law, he has focused much of his recent research and service on Indonesia where he has been a Senior Scholar with the Fulbright Southeast Asia Regional Research Program, in cooperation with the University of Indonesia, working out of Jakarta Stock Exchange on capital markets regulation (12/94–1/95, 11/96–1/97); Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies and Faculty of Law, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Visiting Research Fellow at the Indonesia Project, Department of Economics and the Faculty of Law (1/95–6/95); and Program Director and Principal Investigator under the USAID Cooperation Agreement establishing the Law and Finance Institutional Partnership (LFIP), Jakarta, Indonesia (2000 to date).

Professor Linnan teaches courses in Comparative Law, Corporate Finance, Corporations, International Economic Law, International Law. A frequent user of instructional technology, he has taught numerous courses linking students at USC with scholars and students overseas via videoconferencing, most recently organizing a course on Asian and Comparative Law course taught synchronously at three institutions (USC, U. of Washington, U. of Wisconsin) while serving as a visiting Professor of Asian Law at the University of Washington in Seattle (2004). Professor Linnan has published a number of publications and papers dealing with Asian Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, and Distance Education/Instructional technology. He also holds an appointment as an associated faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of the Environment (8/97 to date).


  • J.D. (1979) University of Chicago
  • B.A. (1976) Emory


  • Project Finance (LAWS 602)
  • International Business Transactions (LAWS 614)
  • International Trade Law (LAWS 665)
  • International Environmental Law (LAWS 666)


  • Legitimacy, Legal Development & Change: Law & Modernization Reconsidered (David Linnan ed., Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012) (sole editor, including own “Introduction to Legal Development and Change” and chapter “The New, New Legal Development Model”; total book 474 pages, hard cover)
  • Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of a Common Word (David Linnan & Waleed El Ansary eds., New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) (including own chapter “A Common View of Development: Richer Versus Better, and Who Decides?,” id. at 235 and jointly authored “Narrative Introduction," id. at 1; total book 297 pages, hard and soft cover)
  • Enemy Combatants, Terrorism and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues (David Linnan ed., Westport: Praeger Security, 2008) (sole editor, including own “Introduction: Legitimacy, Religion, Ethics and Armed Conflict Law in Context,” id. at 1, "Redefining Legitimacy: Legal Issues,” id. at 223, and "Individual Responsibility, Tribunals and Truth and Responsibility Commissions: Are We Asking the Right Questions,” id. at 327; total book 406 pages, hard cover)
  • “Membangun Infrastruktur Negara in Hukum Yang Berkeadilan dan Mensejahterakan: Sumbang Saran Pemikiran untuk Indonesia Baru (Yogyakarta: Gadjah Mada University Press, 2015), 18–24 (this is a chapter on infrastructure planning and finance in a circa 250 page book published as white paper for the newly elected Indonesian president)
  • “Catatan terhadap Rekrutmen Hakim di Indonesia Periode 2002–2009”, in Mimbar Hukum (October 2011) (empirical investigation of where Indonesian judicial recruits come from, originally presented at the Sarasehan "Cita Negara Hukum" at Dies Natalis Universitas Gadjah Mada Faculty of Law 2011)

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