Bruce Aronson

Resident Affliated Scholar

Bruce Aronson has been a tenured professor of law at universities in the United States and Japan, and has also served as a corporate partner at a major New York law firm. Professor Aronson is currently a Research Associate, Japan Research Centre, SOAS, University of London (non-resident). He also serves as an outside director at a listed Japanese pharmaceutical company. His main area of research is comparative corporate governance with a focus on Japan. He is co-editor of a textbook entitled “Corporate Governance in Asia: A Comparative Approach,” which will be published by Cambridge University Press. His current research project is a new book tentatively titled Corporate Governance in Japan: A Comparative Approach.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Alvin 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 the Associated Press.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Peter Dutton is a Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. Professor Dutton's current research focuses on American and Chinese views of sovereignty and international law of the sea and the strategic implications and regional dynamics resulting from Chinese perspectives on international law and Chinese policy choices concerning regional disputes.  His active research studies include the details and dynamics of the maritime disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea and their regional and global implications for security.  He is a retired Navy Judge Advocate and holds a Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary, a Master's of Arts (with distinction) from Naval War College, and a Bachelor's of Science (cum laude) from Boston University.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Dr. Andy Griffiths  is an internationally recognized expert on the subject of investigative interviewing and interrogation, through a combination of real-life experience, academic publications and international consultation work. Andy completed thirty years police service in the UK, rising through the ranks as a detective and culminating in being appointed head of homicide and major crime investigation for a large police force, where he was responsible for all major investigations. He was also influential in the development of investigative interviewing training for police officers across the country, after the implementation of the PEACE model . He was awarded his Ph.D for research evaluating the value of specialist interview training in real life major crime cases. Both before and since completing his police service he has lectured, trained and consulted in numerous countries working on miscarriages of justice, criminal justice development programs and with individual law enforcement agencies. His publications have been translated from English into French, Belgian, Armenian, and Chinese, the last through association with New York University U.S.-Asia Law Institute.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Dan Guttman is a teacher, lawyer and has been a public servant.  Following 2004-6 years as China Fulbright scholar he has worked with colleagues at Peking, Tsinghua, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Nanjing and Fudan Universities developing courses, programs, books/articles on environmental governance, law, public management, U.S./China relations, and taught at NYU Shanghai and Duke Kunshan universities.  He was Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Human Radiation Experiments, Commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, special counsel to Senate investigations of government management, and UNDP China and EU China foreign expert on environmental law. He has represented cities, states, citizens, and workers in energy, environment, civil rights, antitrust and whistleblower litigation, and is of counsel to Guttman, Buschner and Brooks. He co-authored The Shadow Government, a seminal study of government “contracting out,” shared in journalism awards, testified many times before Congress and other public bodies, is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration and Board member of Shanghai Roots and Shoots.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Aaron Halegua is a practicing lawyer and consultant. He is also a researcher fellow at NYU Law School’s Center for Labor and Employment Law. His interests include labor and employment law, dispute resolution, legal aid and access to justice, labor trafficking, labor issues involving “One Belt, One Road” investments, and corporate social responsibility and supply chains in the United States, China, and internationally. He is also the author of the report Who Will Represent China's Workers? Lawyers, Legal Aid, and the Enforcement of Labor Rights (2016). Aaron has consulted on labor issues in China, Myanmar, Malaysia, and elsewhere for Apple, the Ford Foundation, International Labor Organization, International Labor Rights Forum, Asia Foundation, and American Bar Association. He has been quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Economist as well as been invited to speak in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. 

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Myung-Soo Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and holds a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) and Doctoral Degree (S.JD) 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. Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Master’s Degree in International Law from Korea University.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Margaret Lewis is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on China’s legal system, with an emphasis on criminal justice.Professor Lewis has been a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a Delegate to the US-Japan Leadership Program. She will spend the 2017-18 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan University.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2016-2017. He received his LL.B degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago. 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 in December 2016.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

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.


Visiting Professor

Professor Takashi Maruta, formerly Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University Law School.  He obtained LL.M. Degree from University of Michigan Law School and visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School.   He had taught Japanese Law at Michigan Law School, University of Hawaii School of Law and Sussex University Law Centre of Sussex, England.  He is known as a leading scholar of jury system and an advocator and pathfinder to institutionalize civil participation into the Japanese criminal procedure, Saiban-in Seido 10 years ago.  He is also a Bengoshi, attorney, practicing both criminal trials and civil disputes in Kobe, Japan.  His research interest includes comparative legal system, both civil and criminal jury system and legal theory.  He has long time tried and struggled to find what legal system can promote and realize a fair and democratic society to achieve fundamental human rights. His recent English written book is: Matthew Wilson,  Hiroshi Fukurai &, Takashi Maruta, JAPAN AND CIVIL JURY TRIALS: THE CONVERGENCE OF FORCES, Published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom (2015).

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Carl Minzner is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. His research focuses on Chinese law and governance, particularly judicial reform, social unrest, and state-society relations. He previously served as an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and Senior Counsel for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  He is currently completing a book manuscript on the direction of legal and political reform in China.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Eva Pils  is Reader in Transnational Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London, where she teaches human rights, public law, and law and society in China. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her scholarship focuses on human rights, authoritarianism, and law in China. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press, and is author of China's human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance (Routledge, 2014) and of Human Rights in China: a social practice in the shadows of authoritarianism  (Polity, forthcoming, 2017). For a complete listing of recent publications see here.

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Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Yue (Angela) Zhuo is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Sociology at St. John’s University.  She received her LL.B. as well as B.A. in English from Tianjin University, M.A. in economics from Nankai University, and Ph.D. in sociology (with concentrations in criminology and demography) from SUNY-Albany.  Professor Zhuo’s scholarship focuses on crime and law, substance abuse and mental health, and intergenerational family dynamics in both Chinese and American societies.  She has published extensively in prestigious journals such as British Journal of Criminology, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Crime, Law & Social Change, Asian Journal of Criminology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Research on Aging, etc.  Professor Zhuo is the elected board member of the Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice.