Visiting Scholars

The U.S.-Asia Law Institute hosts a small number of outstanding scholars each year. Our Visiting Scholars include judges, prosecutors, lawyers, legal journalists, and legislators, as well as academics. The program for visiting scholars extends specified courtesy titles and privileges to scholars of distinction who visit New York University in order to engage in research and scholarship, and in general scholarly and cultural interaction with New York University’s faculty and students. Learn more about how to become a USALI Visiting Scholar.


Current Visiting Scholars

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Jiade Huang

Mr. Jiade Huang is a criminal lawyer and a member of the Chinese Innocence Project (CIP) - XIYUANWANG, the first non-governmental organization aiming at redressing criminal case grievance in China. He helped other lawyers successfully promote the re-vindication of many unjust criminal cases, such as the Chen Man murder case in Hainan (2016, death penalty case), Chen Xiaying abduction & murder case in Fujian (2015, death penalty case). At present, he and his colleagues have struggled to promote the redressing of wrongful convictions, such as Chen Guoqing robbery case in Hebei (1994, death penalty case), Jin Zhehong murder case in Jilin (1995, death penalty case), Yang Xinjin robbery case in Guizhou (2006, death penalty case). He obtained his LL.B. degree from the School of Law at Beijing Normal University (2013). At USALI, his main research interests are wrongful convictions and defense of the death penalty cases.  


Weijing Huang

Ms. Weijing Huang is currently a Ph.D. candidate of the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law, where she also obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in law in 2014 and Master’s Degree in Procedure Law in 2016. Her current research focuses on criminal procedure law and judicial system. She has been working as a research assistant in Sun Yat-sen Reform of the Judicial System Research Center since 2016, where she participated in a number of empirical research projects focusing on evaluation and improvement of judicial reform in China especially in Guangdong Province, and she has published several academic papers in terms of false dispute actions and time limitation on civil procedural evidence submission in China. She has also worked as the 1st executive chief editor of Sun Yat-sen Youth Law Review, the teaching assistant of Criminal Moot Court Course for LL.M. students in Sun Yat-sen Law School and the administrative staff in Sun Yat-sen Legal Clinic. During her time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, she will focus on the research on the governance transition of judicial confidence in China since 1978.


Zhe Huang

Zhe Huang is an immigration lawyer in New York and a researcher of Chinese property law. She received her SJ.D degree from University of Wisconsin Law School in 2015. Her research at Wisconsin focused on the social responsibilities of property rights on state-owned and collective-owned land in China. Her work has appeared in several U.S. and foreign journals. She received her LL.M from Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School in 2010. Her research interests at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute are the nature of migrant workers’ status and the rights to live and work.


Jue Jiang

Jue Jiang obtained her Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012 and has worked with multiple NGOs ever since. She is the author of the book Criminal Reconciliation (xingshi hejie) in Contemporary China: An Empirical and Analytical Enquiry (Edward Elgar: 2016) as well as several book chapters and journal articles discussing the revision of the criminal procedure law, wrongful convictions, civil society activism, women’s rights and domestic violence in China (details can be found at her SSRN page). Before joining USALI, she was the holder of Li Ka Shing fellowship (2017-18), with which she taught Law and Society in China and Human rights in Asia at McGill University and Shantou University. At USALI, she will continue with her research on the various aspects of the criminal justice system in China and the relationship between citizens and the state in the authoritarian regime.


Jie Meng

Jie Meng is a Ph.D candidate in Criminal Procedure Law at Rinmin University of China in Beijing, where she obtained her Master’s degree. She is also a research assistant at Center for Criminal Justice and Reform of Renmin University, participating in several projects, such as “reducing the application of pre-trial detentions in China” and “Promoting Effective Safeguards During Criminal Pre-Trial Detention”.  Her research field focuses on criminal pre-trial procedure and Chinese juridical reform. She has published several high-quality papers in Chinese journals and newspapers about these issues. Ms.Meng was also invited to visit National Chung Cheng University (CCU) as a visiting scholar. At USALI, she will conduct research on the standardization of criminal investigation and precaution of unjust, false and erroneous cases.


 Minah Kim

Minah Kim has worked as a public prosecutor in South Korea since 2005. She graduated from Pusan National University and was appointed as a public prosecutor of Korea in 2002.After being a prosecutor, she worked at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office. She is an expert in prosecuting white collar crimes such as corporate financial crimes and political bribery crimes and has handled a wide range of corporate crimes including ‘the LIG commercial paper fraud case’. During her time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, she will conduct comparative research on corporate crimes between the United States and South Korea.


Takayuki Obata

Takayuki Obata is a practicing attorney who specializes in juvenile delinquency, criminal defense, family and labor law. Having worked eight years as a Tokyo attorney, Takayuki has won administrative lawsuits which have been reported on throughout the country. During his time at USALI, Takayuki will study foster care and family reintegration in the United States, which is an extension of his work as a member of the Committee on Children’s Rights at the Saitama Bar Association. In preparation for his time abroad, he has been deepening his understanding of social services through research, attending sessions at institutions and organizations, participating in symposia, and interviewing specialists.


Sun Ping

Dr. Sun Ping is an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Rule of Law in China, East China University of Political Science and Law. Dr. Sun graduated from Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2009, where he received a Ph.D. in constitutional law. Dr. Sun’s research focuses on constitutional law, comparative law, fundamental rights, human dignity, right to personality, right to privacy and data protection, and freedom of expression. His current research centered mainly on defamation law and freedom of speech, the social credits system and data protection, human dignity and person in the constitutional law. As a grantee of U.S.-China Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2018-2019, he will conduct a research on how China should learn from the involvement of the First Amendment with a comparative theory on defamation law.


Xiao-yu Sun

Xiao-yu Sun is a Lecturer at Southwest University of Science and Technology School of Law since 2014. Dr. Sun has studied law for 14 years, and has engaged in professional research for 7 years. She helped research the National Social Science Fund’s project on diagnosing existing problems for China’s Criminal Procedure Law through empirical research, and wrote one chapter in the book they later published. Using the same research method,Dr. Sun has published a number of papers and a monograph. Today, Dr. Sun continues her research, focusing on criminal procedure law in China, especially the protection of defendants’ rights and confession withdrawal. Sun Xiao-yu received her LLM and LLB from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 2009 and her PHD from Sichuan University in 2013. Dr. Sun also serves as Deputy Secretary-General in Crime Law Branch of Mianyang Law Society.


Ching-sheng Tsai

Ching-sheng Tsai received his master degree in law from National Chengchi University in 2007, and has been a prosecutor for nine years in Taiwan. He specializes in criminal law and criminal procedure. As a prosecutor, he focuses on crime investigations, primarily intellectual property rights crimes, drug trafficking, food safety fraud cases, health insurance scams, and financial crimes. He directed hundreds of police and government officers to investigate the “Fraud in Fukushima Food Importation” case and “174 people for health insurance scam”. He is the second prosecutor awarded the major contribution award of Ministry of Health and Welfare. At the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, he will continue research of financial crimes, particularly insider trading and law enforcement, including the trend of the recent judgments and ruling of SEC concerning insider trading in United States.

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Hikaru Tokunaga

Ms. Hikaru Tokunaga is a Professor of Law at Dokkyo University, Saitama, Japan. She has been teaching criminal procedure law for about 15 years. She received her LL.B, M.A. in Law, and Ph.D. (Law) from Hitotsubashi University. Her main research interest is in the appropriate usage of the scientific knowledge in criminal trials from the perspective of preventing the wrongful convictions. She has been researching the standard of admissibility of scientific evidence (including psychology), defendant’s right to consult experts and to test samples independently, as well as the issues of sample preservation and chain of custody. She compared Japanese system concerning above topics to the system of the U.S. and wrote many papers. She is a board member of Japan Society for Law and Psychology since 2013 and a board member of Innocence Project Japan since 2017.


Shu Xie

Shu Xie is currently a Ph.D. candidate of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), specializing in criminal procedure law and evidence. Till now, he has published more than 40 articles and commentaries in journals or newspapers, of which 15 articles were published in the Chinese Social Science Citation Index (CSSCI). His recent articles were granted the First Prize of the 9th China Jurist Forum’s Article Contest, the First Prize of the 8th China Youth Law Forum’s Article Contest, and the Third Prize of the 4th and 5th Youth Outstanding Achievement Award of Criminal Procedure Law. Also, Shu Xie was invited to visit The University of Hong Kong and National University of Kaohsiung as a visiting scholar. During his time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, his research will focus on the evidence rules of Mainland China and U.S.