Research Scholars

USALI’s team of accomplished and experienced research fellows have expertise in the legal systems of China, Taiwan and the United States. Scholars conduct research for the Institute’s ongoing projects as well as their own, on topics such as corruption, criminal procedure, labor law, property rights, and anti-discrimination-related efforts in East Asia.

Sida LiuSida Liu

Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. From July 2016, he will join the faculty of the Department of Sociology See full bio...

Sida Liu

Sida LiuSida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. From July 2016, he will join the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Professor Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession and published many articles in leading law and social science journals (in both English and Chinese). He is the author of two books in Chinese: The Lost Polis: Transformation of the Legal Profession in Contemporary China (Peking University Press, 2008) and The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2011). His first English book (with Terence C. Halliday), Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work, will be published by Cambridge University Press.
“Eli” Blood-Patterson“Eli” Blood-Patterson

Elias (“Eli”) Blood-Patterson is a graduate from New York University School of Law (2014). As a recipient of the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, Eli subsequently worked with the New-York-based Human Rights in China, where he researched issues related to freedom of expression, Chinese social media, state secrets, and criminal procedure. Eli’s See full bio...

“Eli” Blood-Patterson

“Eli” Blood-PattersonElias ("Eli") Blood-Patterson is a graduate from New York University School of Law (2014). As a recipient of the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, Eli subsequently worked with the New-York-based Human Rights in China, where he researched issues related to freedom of expression, Chinese social media, state secrets, and criminal procedure. Eli's research has also touched on issues of sovereignty and international politics, including publications on international law and the South China Sea dispute between China and neighboring nations. Eli joined the US-Asia Law Institute in Fall 2015.
Alvin Y.H. CheungAlvin Y.H. Cheung
Visiting Scholar (2014-2015)

Alvin Y.H. Cheung's primary research interest is the implementation of "One Country, Two Systems" in Hong Kong and Macau. Prior to joining NYU as an LL.M. (International Legal Studies) student in 2013, Mr. Cheung practiced for almost four years as a barrister in Hong Kong. See full bio...

Alvin Y.H. Cheung

Alvin Y.H. CheungAlvin Y.H. Cheung's research interests include the implementation of "One Country, Two Systems" in Hong Kong and Macau, China's approach to international law, and the relationship between trade policy and intellectual property.  Alvin holds degrees from NYU (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2014) and Cambridge (M.A. 2011), and has worked in Hong Kong as a barrister and as a lecturer in Law & Public Affairs at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Alvin has written and presented extensively about Hong Kong for both academic and lay audiences. In addition to being a contributor at ICONnect, his writing on Hong Kong has appeared in publications such as ChinaFile, the South China Morning PostThe DiplomatOpinio JurisWorld Policy Journal, and China Rights Forum. He has also been quoted by Al-JazeeraDPA, and theAssociated Press.

Myung-Soo LeeMyung-Soo Lee
Senior Research Scholar

Myung-Soo Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and holds a Master’s Degree (LL.M) and Doctoral Degree (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School in public international law and conflict resolution. Her current research interests include legal issues concerning North Korea’s economic development and engagement with the international community, public international law issues related to the establishment of rule of law and the advancement of human rights, and comparative legal analysis involving East Asian countries. See full bio...

Myung-Soo Lee

Myung-Soo LeeMyung-Soo Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and holds a Master’s Degree (LL.M) and Doctoral Degree (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School in public international law and conflict resolution. Her current research interests include legal issues concerning North Korea’s economic development and engagement with the international community, public international law issues related to the establishment of rule of law and the advancement of human rights, and comparative legal analysis involving East Asian countries. Ms. Lee has held many prestigious positions over the course of her career. She was a McArthur Scholar and Research Fellow at the Program on Non-Violent Sanctions at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and collaborated with the Harvard Negotiation Project/Conflict Management Group. She later worked as Director of Research of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and subsequently as a Research Fellow at New York University School of Law. Her articles include “The Legal Status of Submerged Rock: Parang Island of ROK and Zhongsha Islands of PRC,” “The Role and Dynamics of Nongovernmental Actors in Contemporary Korea,” “Living Together on the Korean Peninsula: Legal Problems and Approach Facing a Divided Nation,” and “North Korea and International Law: Theory and Practice in Post-Cold War Era.” Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Master’s Degree in International Law from Korea University.
Yu-Jie ChenYu-Jie Chen
Research Scholar

Yu-Jie Chen is a Taiwanese lawyer and J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU in 2008 and was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights. See full bio...

Yu-Jie Chen

Yu-Jie ChenYu-Jie Chen is a Taiwanese lawyer and J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU in 2008 and was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights. She served as a researcher and advocate for a non-governmental organization, Human Rights in China, before joining the U.S.-Asia Law Institute as a Research Scholar. She has practiced in the Taipei-based international law firm Lee and Li. At the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, Ms. Chen’s research focuses on international human rights, legal institutions, and criminal justice in Taiwan and China. She has greatly expanded the Institute’s Taiwan focus, promoting Taiwan’s legal reforms as a comparative model for China. She has also developed USALI cooperation with Taiwan organizations, including National Taiwan University, the Legal Aid Foundation, and the Taipei Lawyers’ Association. In the fall of 2011, she joined the NYU School of Law as a J.S.D. candidate but has continued to engage in USALI’s research as a part-time Research Scholar. She has published in both news outlets and scholarly journals. Her publications include “One Problem, Two Paths: A Taiwanese Perspective on the Exclusionary Rule in China,” N.Y.U. Journal of International Law & Politics, Volume 43, No. 3, (2011) and “Lawyers’ Activism and the Expansion of the Right to Counsel in Taiwan,” Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China, edited by Mike McConville and Eva Pils (2013).  To follow her on academia.edu, please click here
Aaron HaleguaAaron Halegua
Research Scholar

Aaron Halegua is an expert in employment law, dispute resolution, and legal aid in the United States and China. See full bio...

Aaron Halegua

Aaron HaleguaAaron Halegua is an expert in employment law, dispute resolution, and legal aid in the United States and China.  His academic work on China has been published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law (2008), Harvard Law & Policy Review (2007) and Hong Kong Law Journal (2005), and he has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times.  In addition, Aaron has helped to direct and consult on rule of law programs for the International Labor Rights Forum, Asia Foundation and American Bar Association.  In the United States, Aaron was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society for over three years, where he represented Chinese and other immigrants in a variety of employment-related disputes.  Aaron also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Prior to law school, Aaron lived in Beijing, China for two years: the first year was spent as a Fulbright Scholar at Peking University Law School, and the second as a Research Associate with Yale Law School’s China Law Center.  He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University.  He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  
Chao LiuChao Liu
Research Scholar

Chao Liu received her LL.M. degree from NYU School of Law in 2010. See full bio...

Chao Liu

Chao LiuChao Liu received her LL.M. degree from NYU School of Law in 2010. Prior to joining the Institute as a Research Scholar in 2011, she worked for one year as a legal intern in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Ms. Liu assisted in investigations involving mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and accounting fraud. Ms. Liu has four years of working experience in China. Previously, she worked for two years as a legal assistant in a prominent Shanghai law firm specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the law firm, she was a business consultant at the Council of Great Lakes Governor's Office in Shanghai. Ms. Liu received her LL.B. degree from Shanghai University School of Law, graduating in the top 1% of her class. Her writing has appeared in Law360.
Yuan (Amy) GaoYuan (Amy) Gao
Visiting Scholar (2012-2013)

Yuan Gao is a Ph.D. candidate in Peking University (PKU) Law School. See full bio...

Yuan (Amy) Gao

Yuan (Amy) GaoYuan Gao is a recent LLM (15') graduate from Columbia Law School. In 2014, she received her Ph.D degree in Law from Peking University Law School, from which she also received her LL.B degree. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she spent a year as a visiting scholar with U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she focused mainly on comparative law studies and judicial reforms. Her research interests also include criminal law, criminal justice, evidence, constitutional protection of procedural rights, law development and its implementation.
Chi YinChi Yin
Research Scholar

Chi Yin joined the Institute in 2013, and is currently focusing on China's recently revised Criminal Procedure Law. Ms. Yin previously served as a judge in the Intermediate Court of the greater Chengdu Municipality. See full bio...

Chi Yin

Chi YinChi Yin joined the Institute in 2013, and is currently focusing on China's recently revised Criminal Procedure Law. Ms. Yin previously served as a judge in the Intermediate Court of the greater Chengdu Municipality. The cases she tried included both appellate and first-instance criminal trials of white-collar, drug trafficking and violent crimes. Other work in the court included managing projects related to internal court reform, and editing an internal law review. She left the court in 2008 and moved to the U.S., where she pursued public interest law, volunteering with Colorado Legal Services and then interning with China Labor Watch. She received an LLM from NYU in 2013. She received her LL.B and Master’s of Law from Sichuan University, and has been a member of the Chinese bar since 2004.