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Mr. Takeharu Kato received a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University. He has been a practicing lawyer in Japan since 2004 as a member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA). He specializes in Labor Law, Family Law and Criminal Law. Besides dealing with general civil cases such as labor related problems, divorce and inheritance as well as criminal cases, Mr. Kato is engaged in activities supporting the LGBT community. He is a member of the Legal Network for LGBT Rights, which is the only organization of legal specialists to protect the rights of LGBT people in Japan. He and other lawyers in this organization represent the LGBT community who wish to be married in Japan and submit petitions to the JFBA to make a request under the human rights remedy program in a bid to legalize same-sex marriages.
Professor Takashi Maruta teaches at Kwansei Gakuin University Law School, Nishinomiya, Japan. He obtained LL.M. Degree from the University of Michigan Law School and was visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. He taught Japanese Law at Michigan Law School, University of Hawaii School of Law, and Sussex University Law Centre of Sussex, England. Professor Takashi Maruta is known as a leading scholar of the jury system and an advocator and pioneer. Due to his effort civil participation (Saiban-in-seido) was institutionalized into Japanese criminal procedure 10 years ago. He is also a practicing lawyer, handling both criminal trials and civil disputes in Kobe, Japan. His research interests include comparative legal system, jury system in both civil and criminal field, and legal theory. He has also been trying to find a legal system capable of promoting a fair and democratic society in order to protect fundamental human rights. His most recent publication is a book co-authored with Matthew Wilson, Hiroshi Fukurai: Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces, Published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom (2015).
Justin Shen (Shen Yi-Sheng) is a judge of the Taiwan High Court. Previously, he served as a district public prosecutor for six years and district court judge for eight years. He has lectured at the Central Police University and the Judge and Prosecutor Training Institute on Criminal Procedure. Judge Shen obtained his L.L.B. at National Taiwan University, LL.M. from University of Washington in Seattle, and his Ph.D from Chengchi University in Taipei. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota from August 2003 to June 2004. Appointed by the Judicial Yuan, Judge Shen joined the Committee of Amendment to the Taiwan Criminal Procedure Act and participated in this amendment for five years. His research interests cover citizen participation in criminal trials and transitional justice.
Mr. Jun Lu is Co-founder and Board Member of Beijing Yirenping Center, an anti-discrimination non-profit organization in China. Jun Lu has been focusing primarily on anti-discrimination law and other human rights law issues in the fields of public health, food and drug safety, disability and gender since 2003. Mr. Lu has organized legal aid services for dozens of high-impact lawsuits against many kinds of discrimination. Cases included lawsuits alleging hiring/employment discrimination on the basis HIV/AIDS status, gender, physical appearance, genetic screening and hukou (city/town of household registration), as well as lawsuits against disability discrimination in public servant recruitment. Jun Lu has also assisted National People’s Congress (NPC) deputies and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) members in drafting proposals and suggestions related to anti-discrimination legislation. Jun Lu was named “Top 10 People of the Year 2005” by Southern Weekend’s and was awarded International Padre Pino Puglisi Award (for promotion human dignity) in Italy in 2009.
Lujia Gao is a Ph.D Candidate at Shandong University (SDU) Law School. His research focuses on constitutional, human rights and property law. In 2011, he was chosen as one of ten excellent students to participate in the “EU-China Youth Friendship Exchange Program” which was held in Germany. He has also received academic honors, such as Outstanding Paper Award of “Hai You” National Doctoral Forum, Excellent Bachelor’s Degree Thesis of Shandong Province and National First Prize of the 12th “Challenge Trophy” Academic and Technology Competition. At USALI, his research will focus on condemnation law from a comparative perspective.
Ms. Siyuan Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Procedure Law at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai, where she also obtained her Masters and Bachelor’s degree. She is now a Research Assistant at the East China Institute of Prosecution, focusing on criminal trial procedure, criminal evidence rules, and criminal juridical system. She has also published several academic papers in Chinese journals and newspapers about these issues. Recently, Ms. Wu has worked with the Legislative Affairs Commission of Shanghai NPC Standing Committee, Shanghai Institute of Legislation, and the Shanghai NO.2 Intermediate People’s Court. Ms. Wu was also invited to visit National Chuang Cheng University (NCU) as a visiting scholar.
At USALI, she will conduct research on Criminal Due Process in America and its Reference for China’s Judiciary Reform.
Dr. Shinji Higaki is an Associate Professor of Fukuoka University, Japan. He specializes in constitutional law, especially freedom of speech. His research focuses on how to balance freedom of speech with regulation of hate speech. His publications include works on hate speech, hate crime, critical race theory and free speech issues in Roberts Court. He earned his Ph.D. in Law from Doshisha University in 2015. During his time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, he will research how the United States responds to hate speech in law and practice.
Ms. Jingqiu Deng is a Ph.D. Candidate at Renmin University of China, Law School. Her research areas include Chinese constitutional law and comparative constitutional law. Ms. Deng holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Beijing International Studies University, and received her Master’s degree from
Dr. Yan Xiang is an associate professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, with stints as a vising scholar at NYU Law and visiting fellow at Vera Institute of Justice. She holds a Ph.D. in procedural law from China University of Political Science and Law and a LL.M. degree from Southern Methodist University. Prior to teaching at SUPSL, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Science. Her research interests include criminal procedure law, evidence and empirical methods. Dr. Xiang has published three books and more than 50 articles on such topics as privacy issues in criminal investigations, criminal mediation, search and seizure, forfeiture, evidence rules, and legal empirical methods. Her recent book Research on Criminal Economic Measures (2012) was granted the First Prize of the 4th Criminal Procedure Law Academic Research Award to Young Scholars, and the Third Prize of the 3rd Dong Biwu Legal Achievement Award to Young Scholars in 2015.
Dr. Teng Biao is an academic lawyer and a human rights activist. He was formerly a Lecturer in the China University of Political Science and Law, a visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2003, Teng has provided counsel in numerous human rights cases, including those of rural rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, rights defender Hu Jia, the religious freedom case of Falungong, and numerous death penalty cases. He co-founded “Open Constitution Initiative” (Gongmeng) and is also the Founder and President of China Against the Death Penalty, Beijing. His research interest includes human rights, Constitutionalism, criminal justice, legal theory, democratic theory, transitional justice and social movement. Some of his articles and Op-eds (in English and Chinese) can be found at the following link: http://blog.boxun.com/hero/tengb/
Judge Xiaoyu Ding serves as a judge of the Tianjin Binhai New Area People’s Court, where she primarily handles civil and administrative cases. Judge Ding has published nine articles, five of which have received various honors and awards. As a principal investigator, she has participated in eight key research projects led by the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Justice. In 2013 and 2014, Judge Ding was recognized by the Tianjin Higher People’s Court as an excellent judge in judicial research. Judge Ding is a Ph.D. candidate of law at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and was visiting scholar at Columbia Law School. Her current research focuses on forced localization in international trade and investment as well as judicial reform in China
Jiae Won is a prosecutor of the Republic of Korea with thirteen years of experience. She was the first woman prosecutor in charge of narcotic and organized crimes division in Korea and has worked at that department since 2009. As a result, she was designated as a specialist in Narcotic part last year in Korea. At USALI, she is researching the current state of drug crimes and organized crimes by foreigners in USA, and plan for countermeasure about those crimes, and the international cooperation necessary to suppress those crimes.
Hirotoshi Uchiumi is a Japanese law scholar, associate professor at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, who specializes in civil procedure and bankruptcy. He has published articles on a wide range of subjects. After attaining his JD degree at the University of Tokyo, he was appointed as a Research Associate at the University of Tokyo to work on Japanese and comparative civil procedure. Three years later, he was assigned as associate professor at Tohoku University, and moved to Rikkyo, where now he teaches.
Ms. Wang Jing is a Ph.D. candidate at the Law School of Beijing Institute of Technology. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at Hainan University. Ms. Wang spent 6 months in Taiwan Chengkung University as an exchange student when she was a sophomore in college. She also worked for the Supreme People’s Court of PRC as a trainee (2016-2016). Thus far she has translated and published several academic theses, as well as a detective novel. During her stay at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, Ms. Wang will continue her research on redressing wrongful convictions.
Dr.Xiaonan Liu is a professor and the Director of the Constitutionalism Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law. Through this position, Xiaonan has conducted research and coordinated on cooperative projects on equality and nondiscrimination with International Labor Organization, Ford Foundation, Yale Law School China Law Center, and other foreign universities. She was also the team leader on a number of research projects that focused on gender equality and the condition of legal education in China. Xiaonan teaches anti-discrimination law, gender and law, and jurisprudence. Xiaonan holds an LL.M from Yale Law School, as well as an LL.B., Master of Law and Ph.D. from Jilin University School of Law.