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, and he is currently working on a new book tentatively titled Corporate Governance in Japan: A Comparative Approach.His current research project is a new book tentatively titled Corporate Governance in Japan: A Comparative Approach.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Yu-Jie Chen is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Institutum Iurisprudentiae of Academia Sinica and an Affiliated Scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law. She received her J.S.D. and L.L.M. degrees from NYU School of Law. She also holds an LL.M. and LL.B. from National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Yu-Jie has had extensive experience as a research scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute. Prior to that, she served as a researcher and advocate for the non-governmental organization Human Rights in China. She earlier practiced in the Taipei-based international law firm Lee and Li.

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 Post, The Diplomat, Opinio Juris, World Policy Journal, and China Rights Forum. He has also been quoted by Al-Jazeera, DPA, and the Associated.

Senior Fellow

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, drawing on a combination of real-life experience, academic publications and international consultation work. 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.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Dan Guttman is a teacher, lawyer, and former public servant.  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.


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. 


Senior Fellow

Mr. Ren Ito is a diplomat, scholar, and social entrepreneur. He joined the Japanese Foreign Service in 2001, and has held key positions in Tokyo and Washington D.C. for 15 years. Ren’s current research focuses on the strategic implications of the maritime disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, and how Japan, the US and China view sovereignty and international law of the sea.  Ren received his LL.M. from NYU School of Law, and his LL.B. from the University of Tokyo.  Ren also holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Margaret Lewis is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on law in mainland China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice. Professor Lewis has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University, 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 Foundation's US-Japan Leadership Program.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Sida Liu is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, a 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. 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, was 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 coordinated and conducted research on comparative projects of equality and nondiscrimination with the International Labor Organization, the Ford Foundation, Yale Law School’s China Law Center, and other foreign universities. She has lead a number of team research projects 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., LL.M., and Ph.D. from Jilin University School of Law.


Adjunct Professor at NYU Law

Professor Takashi Maruta, Professor Emeritus at Kwansei Gakuin University Law School, obtained his LL.M. Degree from the University of Michigan Law School by the Fulbright graduate student grant as well as Ph.D. from Kwansei Gakuin University and has been visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School.  He has taught Japanese Law at Michigan Law School, the University of Hawaii School of Law and Sussex University Law Centre of Sussex, England.  He is known as a leading scholar of the jury systems and an advocate and pathfinder in institutionalizing civil participation in Japanese criminal procedure, Saiban-in Seido fourteen years ago. He is also a Bengoshi (attorney) practicing both criminal trials and civil disputes in Kobe, Japan.  His research interests include comparative legal system, civil and criminal jury system, and legal theory. He has struggled to discover what legal system can promote and realize a fair and democratic society and achieve fundamental human rights. He has published several books on the jury system and numerous amount of articles in Japanese and his most recent English book is: Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces (with Matthew Wilson and Hiroshi Fukurai; Edward Elgar Publishing, 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 the 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 and others.  Professor Zhuo is an elected board member of the Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice.