Jun
1
6:00 pm18:00

In Immigration, What’s Old Is New Again: Viewing President Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders Through the Lens of the Chinese and Japanese Experiences

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Program Fee: Free for Members | $10 for Non-Members

Description:
Earlier this year, shortly after his inauguration, President Trump signed two Executive Orders temporarily banning certain persons from certain majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. This is not the first time nationality or ancestry has been the basis of exclusion from the United States. Rather, this is a history that has continued to repeat itself. 135 years ago, the focus of exclusion was on China, with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Sixty years later, the United States interned persons of Japanese ancestry in internment camps months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

With the issuance of President Trump’s Executive Orders, we endeavor to re-examine this troubled immigration history in the U.S. to learn more about what leads to these government decisions, the impacts to the communities and the expansive Executive and Congressional legal powers created by the courts. Come and join us as three prominent law professors share their insights and perspectives on United States immigration, past and present.

Panelists:
Gabriel “Jack” Chin, Edward L. Barrett Chair of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law
Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Author of Allegiance: A Novel
Alina Das, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York University Law School

Moderator:
Jennifer Kim, Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Project, City Bar Justice Center

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Asian Affairs Committee, Angus F. Ni, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:
Middle Eastern & North African Affairs Committee, Robert Eli Michael, Chair
Task Force on National Security & the Rule of Law, Mark R. Shulman, Chair
International Human Rights Committee, Anil Kalhan, Chair
Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, Farrin Anello, Chair
Civil Rights Committee, Philip Desgranges, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

May
17
6:30 pm18:30

China Institute: Sinica Podcast Live at China Institute: Jerome A. Cohen on Law in China

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Wednesday, May 17, 6:30–8:00PM
This is a live taping. Attendees must arrive by 6:30 so as to not disrupt the podcast.
Event Fee: FREE Members / $10 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Jerome Cohen is one of the earliest and most prominent Western scholars of the Chinese legal system. He began studying and teaching about Chinese law in the early 1960s, and has worked as a scholar and in private practice. He introduced the teaching of Asian law into the curriculum of Harvard Law School, and has played a role in some of the most significant legal developments in China, from business to human rights.

In this live Sinica Podcast interview, Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser Kuo will talk to Professor Cohen about his own long and fascinating involvement with law in China, the emergence of the country’s legal system after the Cultural Revolution, and prospects for China implementing the rule of law that Xi Jinping has talked about so much but that cynics might say is still a long way off.

Sinica Podcast is a weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that’s reshaping the world, powered by SupChina.

Jerome A. Cohen is a leading American expert on Chinese law and government. He has been a professor at NYU School of Law since 1990 and is co-director of its US-Asia Law Institute at the NYU School of Law. A pioneer in the field, Professor Cohen began studying China’s legal system in the early 1960s, and from 1964 to 1979 introduced the teaching of Asian law into the curriculum of Harvard Law School, where he served as Jeremiah Smith Professor, associate dean, and director of East Asian legal studies. Cohen has been an adjunct senior fellow for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations since 1995.

Jeremy Goldkorn is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and currently edits SupChina and SupChina’s daily newsletter.

Kaiser Kuo is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and editor-at-large of SupChina.

May
17
2:45 pm14:45

Visiting Scholar Workshop: Lujia Gao

Please join us next Wednesday, May 17th at 2:45 PM for our final Visiting Scholar presentation and discussion of the academic year. Visiting Scholar Lujia Gao will be presenting on “Condemnation Law: A Comparison between the United States and China..” The event will take place at 139 MacDougal Street, Wilf Hall, 5th floor conference room. Light refreshments will be provided.

*Please note: another meeting is taking place in the room until 2:30, so please wait near the elevators until the room has been vacated by the previous group.

About Lujia Gao:


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.

May
10
2:45 pm14:45

Visiting Scholar Workshop: Jingqiu Deng

Please join us Wednesday, May 10 at 2:45 PM in the 5th floor conference room in Wilf Hall (139 MacDougal) for a presentation by Visiting Scholar Jingqiu Her presentation is entitled “Same-Sex Marriage in China: Legal Evaluation and Possible Development” Light refreshments will be provided. We request that all Visiting Scholars try to be present for these presentations.

*Note: Our neighbors on the floor will be having a meeting until 2:30, so please await their exit of the room. 

Jingqiu Deng

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 Renmin University of China. In 2013, Ms. Deng graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she obtained her LL.M. degree in International Business Law.  During her time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, her research will focus on the comparative studies of constitutional law between China and the U.S.

May
4
6:30 pm18:30

Book Talk: China Between Reform and Repression: 

Book Talk: China Between Reform and Repression: 
Lawyers & the Fight for Basic Legal Freedoms

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Program Fee: Free for Members | $10 for Non-Members
 

Description: 
A tremendous struggle is underway over China’s legal and political future. Professor Sida Liu and Professor Terence Halliday will present the findings of their extensive research on the interweaving of politics and practice in the practicing criminal defense and human rights bars in China from 2005 to 2015. Their newly-published, groundbreaking book, Criminal Justice in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work, places China in a world-historical context of lawyers and the fates and fortunes of political liberalism from 17th century Europe to late 20th century Korea and Taiwan. Providing an overview of China’s repression of lawyers over the past 18 months, they will explore what today’s headlines mean for law and for society in the world’s most populous country.

Panelists:
Professor Terence Halliday, Research Professor, American Bar Foundation; Co-Director, Center on Law & Globalization of the American Bar Foundation
Professor Sida Liu, Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Sponsoring Association Committee: 
Task Force on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges, William A. Wilson III, Chair

Co-Sponsoring:
Asian Affairs Committee, Angus F. Ni, Chair
Council on International Affairs, Martin S. Flaherty, Chair
International Human Rights Committee, Anil Kalhan
The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice’s Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers

 

May
3
2:45 pm14:45

Visiting Scholar Workshop: Siyuan Wu

Please join us Wednesday, May 3 at 2:45 PM in the 5th floor conference room in Wilf Hall (139 MacDougal) for a presentation by Visiting Scholar Siyuan Wu. Her presentation is entitled “Plea Bargaining in China” Light refreshments will be provided.

*Note: Our neighbors on the floor will be having a meeting until 2:30, so please await their exit of the room. 

About Siyuan Wu:

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.

Apr
26
2:45 pm14:45

Visiting Scholar Workshop: Justin Shen

Please join us next Wednesday, April 26th at 2:45 PM in the 5th floor conference room in Wilf Hall (139 MacDougal) for a presentation by Visiting Scholar Justin Shen. His presentation is entitled “The Decline of the Jury System.” Light refreshments will be provided.

*Note: Our neighbors on the floor will be having a meeting until 2:30, so please await their exit of the room. Thanks!

Justin Shen

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.  

Apr
26
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Xiaonan Liu

Xiaonan Liu

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall, Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dr. Xiaonan Liu is a professor and the Director of the Constitutionalism Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law and currently a visiting scholar at USALI. 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, and she did post-Ph.D. study on gender and education at the Beijing Normal University. Dr. Liu is also a board member at the Chinese Women’s Research Society and China Social Law Society.

Xiaonan teaches anti-discrimination law, gender and law, and jurisprudence at CUPL. Dr. Liu’s major book publications include authoring “Hong Kong and Taiwan Gender Equality and Legislation and Case Studies”, “20 Years On: How Far Have We Progressed? - The Development of Chinese Women’s Rights in the last 20 years following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women”; and editing China’s first  anti-discrimination law textbook “Discrimination Law:Text and Materials”; and co-authoring the first textbook at the undergraduate level on gender and law “Gender and Law”; founding and convening the first scholarly journal on anti-discrimination law “Anti-Discrimination Law Review”, in addition to more than 70 scholarly publications. 

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 involved the expert draft of the law on anti-discrimination in employment and is the expert witness of China’s fist transgender case. 

Apr
24
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Chi-Ting Tsai

Chi-Ting Tsai

JSD, Cornell Law School
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
National Taiwan University

*A detailed bio will be sent in a separate announcement.


Monday, April 24, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Apr
19
2:45 pm14:45

Visiting Scholar Workshop: Shinji Higaki

Please join us next Wednesday, April 19th at 2:45 PM for a presentation and discussion by Visiting Scholar Shinji Higaki on “A Comparative Study of American Hate Speech Law and Japanese Hate Speech Law.” The event will take place at 139 MacDougal Street, Wilf Hall, 5th floor conference room. Light refreshments will be provided.

*Please note: another meeting is taking place in the room until 2:30, so please wait near the elevators until the room has been vacated by the previous group.

About Shinji Higaki:

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.

Apr
17
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Steve Orlins

Stephen A. Orlins

Monday, April 17, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Steve Orlins has been president of the National Committee since 2005. Prior to that, he was the managing director of Carlyle Asia and the chairman of the board of Taiwan Broadband Communications, one of Taiwan's largest cable television and high speed internet providers. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Orlins was a senior advisor to AEA Investors Inc., a New York based leveraged buyout firm, with responsibility for AEA's business activities throughout Asia.

From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Orlins was with the investment banking firm of Lehman Brothers where he was a Managing Director from 1985 to 1991. From 1987 to 1990, he served as President of Lehman Brothers Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he supervised over 150 professionals with offices in Hong Kong, Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Manila and Singapore. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Orlins practiced law with Coudert Brothers and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing.

From 1976 to 1979, Mr. Orlins served in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the United States Department of State, first in the Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for Political-Military Affairs and then for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. While in that office, he was a member of the legal team that helped establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

Mr. Orlins is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and earned his law degree at Harvard Law School. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 1992, Mr. Orlins was the Democratic nominee for the United States Congress in New York's Third Congressional District.

Apr
13
Apr 14

Bernstein Institute for Human Rights Annual Symposium 2017

Bernstein Institute for Human Rights Annual Symposium 2017

Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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Facing a growing crackdown on dissent around the globe, human rights advocates are engaged in a creative and critical fight to defend fundamental rights. With “serious threats” to civil freedoms documented in more than 100 countries in 2015, there is a systematic attack on human rights values, institutions, and activists by governments worldwide. Maina Kiai, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, observes that the world is experiencing a “democratic recession” with states passing restrictive laws governing the operation of NGOs, policing freedom of speech, and engaging in extra-legal forms of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders. As world leaders openly deride democratic institutions like the judiciary and the free press, there is an urgent need for global activists to come together and share common struggles and strategies to defend dissent.

The 2017 annual conference leverages the interdisciplinary strengths of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights and draws together leading human rights activists, lawyers, and scholars from countries including China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey to spotlight strategies and tactics to safeguard crucial spaces for dissent. These strategies encompass litigation, legal empowerment, network building, and leveraging the Internet as forms of resistance. Speakers will share stories of resistance and build solidarity to defend human rights in the face of rising repression.

CLE credit will be offered, and the event is appropriate for both newly admitted as well as experienced attorneys. 

Day 1    April 13, 2017

Panel 1: Global Crackdown on Dissent   10:00-11:30am

This opening panel will provide an introductory, analytical framework on the global crackdown on dissent with specific commentary on the state of civil society within the focus regions.  Presenters will establish a common vocabulary on the various tools used by governments to silence dissent. 

Speakers:

  • Melissa Hooper, Director, Human Rights and Civil Society, Human Rights First 
  • Sida Liu, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
  • Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director, Amnesty International; Convener, CSO Support Cell
  • Ed Rekosh, Visting Professor of Law; Director of Human Rights Initiative, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Emerson Sykes '11, Legal Advisor for Africa, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Moderator: Sharon K. Hom '80, Executive Director, Human Rights in China; Director, China and International Human Rights Law Research Program, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, NYU School of Law

Network Building     11:45-1:15pm

This panel will examine innovative strategies used to build, strengthen, and protect in-country networks of human rights lawyers and activists committed to the protection of fundamental freedoms.  The discussion will highlight the power and challenges in creating sustainable networks in light of rising government repression. 

Speakers:

  • Yu-Jie Chen, Doctor of Juridical Science, NYU School of Law
  • Shannon Green, Director, Human Rights Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Olga Sadovskya, Deputy Chair, Commission of Prevention of Torture
  • Yara Sallam, Director, Criminal Justice Program, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

Moderator: Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Faculty Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law

Panel 3: National Litigation    2:15-3:45pm

Lawyers and activists have turned to the national courts to challenge laws and restrictions limiting civil society space and pushing for expanded human rights protections. This panel will examine the success of litigation efforts in democratic countries like India, Kenya, and Botswana.  The session will also explore strategies undertaken by advocates in China to secure human rights victories in the courts

Speakers:

  • Ira Belkin '82, Executive Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law
  • Suba Churchill, Convener of Civil Society Reference Group
  • Tashwill Esterhuizen, Lawyer, LGBTI and Sex Workers Programme, Southern African Legal Centre
  • Mathew Jacob, Director of Programs, People's Watch; National Coordinator, Human Rights Defenders Alert

Moderator: Nikki Reisch '12, Legal Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law

Panel 4: Legal Empowerment     4:00-5:30pm

Legal empowerment puts law in the hands of people.  This panel examines legal empowerment strategies and methods used by human rights advocates to strengthen the capacity of affected communities to identify, monitor, and defend their rights against the global crackdown. 

Speakers:

  • Sukti Dhital, Deputy Director, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, NYU School of Law; Co-founder, Nazdeek
  • Vivek Maru, CEO of Namati
  • Mikhail Golichenko, Legal Counsel, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Pauline Vata, Executive Director, Hakijamii

Moderator: Margaret Satterthwaite '99, Professor of Clinical Law; Faculty Director, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, NYU School of Law

Day 2   April 14, 2017

Panel 5: Internet Resistance    9:00-10:30am

Despite upticks in government surveillance and censorship, digital activism remains a powerful tool to mobilize and organize against repressive regimes.  This panel weighs the challenges and opportunities in leveraging the Internet to support resistance efforts at local, national, and international levels.

Speakers:

  • Zelalem Kibret, Zone 9 Blogger; Scholar in Residence, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law
  • Xiao Qiang, Adjunct Professor, Berkeley School of Information;  Editor in Chief, China Digital Times
  • Zara Rahman, Data & Society Research Institute
  • Bilge Yesil - Associate Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Moderator: Heidy Rombouts, Coordinator, Litigation Project, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, Maina Kiai

Panel 6: Technology, Business & Human Rights    10:45-12:15pm

This panel will open with a discussion on Internet governance and the responsibilities of technology companies to respect human rights.  The presenters will then explore legal and policy measures to hold the commercial spyware industry accountable for state surveillance of human rights defenders. 

Speakers:

  • Nate Cardozo, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Danna Ingleton, Research and Policy Advisor on Human Rights Defenders, Amnesty International
  • Sarah McKune, Senior Legal Advisor, The CitizenLab
  • Jason Schultz, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School o f Law

Moderator: Michael H. Posner, Professor, NYU Stern School of Business; Co-Director, Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

Panel 7: Lessons to Confront Closure at Home     1:15-2:45pm

With democratic institutions like the judiciary and the free press under attack, this panel will draw lessons from the strategies and tactics raised in the conference to address the impending crackdown on dissent in the United States.

Speakers:

  • Baher Azmy '96, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Tor Hodenfield, Policy and Research Officer, CIVICUS
  • Sarah Kendzior, Journalist
  • Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director, Amnesty International; Convener, CSO Support Cell

Moderator: Deborah Alejandra Popowski, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law

 

3:00-5:00    Open Space

For all interested participants, an open space to network, share experiences, and build solidarity.

http://www.law.nyu.edu/bernstein-institute/conference

Apr
10
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Philip Alston


Philip Alston

Monday, April 10, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at NYU Law School.  He is currently UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. In 2014, he was a member of the Security Council established commission of inquiry on the Central African Republic. He previously served as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions (2004-10) as well as Chairperson of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1991-98).  During the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child he was UNICEF’s Legal Adviser.

 

Apr
3
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Eva Pils

Eva Pils

Monday, April 3, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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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). Before joining King’s, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. She is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University Law School, an external member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Centre for Social Innovation Studies, an external fellow of theBingham Centre for the Rule of Law and a legal action committee member of the Global Legal Action Network. In April 2017, she will be a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

Mar
29
2:45 pm14:45

Visiting Scholar Workshop: Takeharu Kato

Visiting Scholar Workshop
139 Macdougal Street, NY, NY, 10033
5th Floor Conference Room
2:45-4:00 PM

Workshop subject:

"The difference between LGBT Discrimination in Japan and the US; and how to eliminate it through litigation and legislation"

Takeharu Kato

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.

Mar
27
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Alison Conner

Alison W. Conner
Professor of Law & Director of International Programs
William S. Richardson School of Law
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Monday, March 27, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Alison Conner is professor of law and director of the international and graduate programs at the Richardson School of Law.  She taught at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and the University of Hong Kong (1984-95) before joining the University of Hawai`i in 1995.  She has also taught at Nanjing University (1983-84) and Tsinghua University (2004) as a Fulbright Professor and at Tongji University (2014 & 2015) in Hawaii’s study abroad program.  In 2016 she was a visiting scholar at the National Taiwan University and then returned to HKU for a semester as a visiting fellow.
 
Professor Conner’s research interests include legal history, but more recently she has focused on the depiction of law in Chinese movies.  She has written about divorce in Chinese movies (“Don’t Change Your Husband”), critiques of the legal system in early movies (“Movie Justice”), a late 1940s lawyer-hero (“The Lawyer Who Haunts Us: Yin Zhaoshi and the Bright Day”), trials in Xie Jin’s movies (“Images of Justice and Injustice”), Raj Kapoor’s popular movie (“Trials and Justice in Awaara: A Postcolonial Movie on Post-Revolutionary Screens”), and a 1980 example of scar cinema that stresses the importance of law (“Law and Justice in Evening Rain”).
 

Mar
23
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Andrew Duncan


Andrew Duncan
Producer, Chairman of June Pictures 


Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Prior to founding June Pictures, Mr. Duncan had his own film and investment company called IGX LLC which initially started some of the projects that are now holdings of June Pictures.

Previously Mr. Duncan was Executive Vice President of Scalent Systems Inc., a data center virtualization based in Palo Alto, CA, until its sale to Dell Corporation in 2010. Prior to that Mr. Duncan held various senior management roles in both engineering and operations at Cassatt Corporation, EMC Corporation and Tektronix. Mr. Duncan began his career as a sportscaster at WGHP in Greensboro, N.C., and won a technical EMMY award while at Vinten Broadcast for the development of robotic pedestals for television studio cameras.

For the past five years, Mr. Duncan has been an invaluable advisor and strong financial supporter to the U.S.-Asia Law Institute. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the New York Committee for Human Rights Watch and the Board of Visitors of Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA.
 

Mar
22
2:30 pm14:30

Visiting Scholar Workshop: Hirotoshi Uchiumi

Join us as the Visiting Scholars at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute present on their research.

Topic: 'Aggregate Dispute Resolution in U.S. and Japan’
Presenter: Hirotoshi Uchiumi
Location: 139 MacDougal Street, 5th Floor, Room 412, NY, NY, 10012
Email usali.nyu@gmail.com to RSVP


Hirotoshi Uchiumi

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. 

Mar
20
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Natalie Lichtenstein

Natalie Lichtenstein

Monday, March 20, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
RSVP Required 


Natalie Lichtenstein is a U.S. lawyer who has specialized in legal issues at international financial institutions and legal development in China since the 1970s. Until August 2016, she served as the inaugural General Counsel at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Prior to that, she served as the Chief Counsel for the establishment of AIIB, and the principal drafter for the AIIB Charter from 2014. Her work for AIIB drew on her 30-year career at the World Bank. Joining the legal department in 1980, she advised on lending operations in China and other countries for most of the next 20 years. She served as Chief Counsel, East Asia in the 1990s. She was an early leader in legal technical assistance activities. From 1999-2010, she served in senior positions, specializing in the Bank’s institutional governance issues and reforms, legal opinions and Board governance. She led the work on reforms to enhance voice and participation of developing countries in the World Bank Group, prior to her retirement from the World Bank in 2010. Early on in her career (1978-80), she was involved in legal aspects of US participation in international financial institutions as a lawyer at the US Treasury Department. There, she worked on normalization of relations between the US and the People’s Republic of China. Since 2007, she has offered a course on Law & Society in China at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. She has also taught Chinese law at George Washington University Law School. Her consulting work for international organizations in China has included a review of the EU-UNDP Governance for Equitable Development Project and a report on Asian Development Bank’s Technical Assistance for Legal Development. She was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Duke-Kunshan University in May 2014, and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Ms. Lichtenstein received her A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University.

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 17. Otherwise we cannot estimate the amount of food required. 
 

Mar
6
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Dan Zhou

Dan Zhou 
Lawyer and LGBT Rights Advocate

Monday, March 6, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall Room 208
40 Washington Square Park
New York, NY 10012
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Born in January 1974, Mr. Dan Zhou is a practicing lawyer based in Shanghai, China. As one of the few Chinese LGBT people who have ever come out to the local, national and international media, he is a pioneering advocate for full and equal recognition of LGBT people’s rights in China. He has been working towards these goals through consulting services, public education, and public policy and legal advocacy in China over the past decade. In addition, he published, in 2009, Pleasure and Discipline: Jurisprudential Imagination of Same-sex Desire in the Chinese Modernity, the ground-breaking monograph in the Chinese language on the dynamics of same-sex desire, law and modernity in China.  Meanwhile, he speaks on LGBT rights issues at workshops, seminars and symposia in China, the United States, Germany, and other countries.

Mr. Zhou was profiled in the June 27, 2005 issue of TIME Magazine, in the September 7, 2005 issue of Southern People Weekly (Nan Fang Ren Wu Zhou Kan), in the September 30 issue of China Daily, and in the October 20, 2013 issue of South China Morning Post. In 2006, Equality Forum named Mr. Zhou the recipient of the “11th Annual International Role Model Award.” Equality Forum is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights through education. 

Mr. Zhou was a Visiting Scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute and is now pursuing a S.J.D. degree at Harvard Law School. He is a dynamic, perceptive, and humorous speaker. We invite you to join us and check out usali.org for updates and upcoming events! 

Mar
2
4:00 pm16:00

Asia Law Society: A Conversation with Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan's Former President

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The U.S.-Asia Law Institute honored to co-host a conversation between former President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou and USALI Director Professor Jerome Cohen. Together they will reflect on the relationship between the US, Taiwan, and Mainland China— one of political nuance and global significance.

Ma Ying-jeou served as President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 2008 to 2016. His previous political roles include Taiwan's Justice Minister, Mayor of Taipei, and Chairman of the Kuomintang Party. President Ma is also an alumnus of NYU Law, completing his LLM at NYU in 1976 before receiving his SJD at Harvard Law School in 1981.

We are excited to extend an invitation to the entire NYU community. The conversation will be held on March 2, 4-5:55 pm in Furman Hall Room 216, 245 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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Feb
27
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Jerome A. Cohen

A Conversation with Professor Jerome A. Cohen
 

Monday, February 27, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Prof. Jerome A. Cohen, a professor at NYU School of Law since 1990 and Faculty Director of its U.S.-Asia Law Institute, is a leading American expert on Chinese law and government. A pioneer in the field, Prof. Cohen began studying and teaching about China’s legal system in the early 1960s and from 1964 to 1979 introduced the teaching of Asian law into the curriculum of Harvard Law School, where he served as Jeremiah Smith Professor, Associate Dean and Director of East Asian Legal Studies. In addition to his responsibilities at NYU, Prof. Cohen served for several years as C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he currently is an Adjunct Senior Fellow. He retired from the partnership of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP at the end of 2000 after twenty years of law practice focused on China. In his law practice, Prof. Cohen represented many companies and individuals in contract negotiations as well as in dispute resolution in China.

Feb
27
10:00 am10:00

Saiban-in and Death Penalty in Japan

Our next Visiting Scholar Workshop Presentation will be next Monday! Please join us as we learn more about the “Saiban-in” (lay jury) system and Death Penalty in Japan from our Visiting Scholar Professor Takashi Maruta. We hope that all USALI Visiting Scholars can attend this event.

Details:

Monday, February 27, 10:00 AM
W
ilf Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room
139 MacDougal Street, 5th Floor

Bio:

Takashi Maruta
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).

Feb
22
4:00 pm16:00

USALI Visiting Scholar Workshop: Yan Xiang

Join us as the Visiting Scholars at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute present on their research.

Topic: Wrongful Convictions in China
Location: 139 MacDougal Street, 4th Floor, Room 412, NY, NY, 10012
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Yan Xiang

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.

Feb
22
12:45 pm12:45

Business, Law, and Government in China: Reflections from Experience

Wednesday, February 22, 12:45-2:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge

What lies ahead for US-China relations, especially in the business world? At this Forum, David Bonderman, Harvard Law '66, and Dick Cashin, two well-known investors with extensive experience doing business in China, offer their perspectives. Both are founders of investment firms, Bonderman of TPG, where he is chairman, and Cashin of One Equity Partners, where he is president. Professor of Law Jerome Cohen, Faculty Director of our US-Asia Law Institute and a leading expert on Chinese law and government, will moderate what should be a stimulating discussion, and audience members are encouraged to bring questions of their own. 

Panelists: 
David Bonderman, Founding Partner and Chairman, TPG
Dick Cashin, Founder and President, One Equity Partners
Jerome Cohen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of US-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law

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Feb
13
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Colin Jones

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Colin Jones
Professor, Doshisha Law School (Kyoto)
Visiting Professor, Duke Law School
Adjunct, Michigan State University


Monday, February 13, 2017
12:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012
R.S.V.P. is required.
Lunch will be served.

Colin P.A. Jones is a Professor at Doshisha Law School in Kyoto. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Duke Law School since 2015, and has taught as an adjunct for Michigan State University College of the Law since 2009. In the past he has also taught at Osaka University and University of Victoria, where he was a Japan Visiting Fellow at the Center for Asian Pacific Initiatives. He is also a Life Member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, and has been a visiting fellow at the Asian Law Institute at National University of Singapore. He also remains active as a practitioner, working with global multinationals and technology start-ups and serving as a director for several corporations. He has also translated Japanese legal documents professionally since he was a student at Duke Law School, a role that saw him become involved in the US Supreme Court Case, Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan Ltd. (2012).

Having first gone to Japan to study in 1983, Professor Jones has spent much of his career as both a scholar and a lawyer in Japan and other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. His research is focused on comparative law, and he has published extensively on Japanese law in both English and Japanese. He has written four books in Japanese and writes "Law of the Land," a monthly column on Japanese law-related subjects in the Japan Times, the country's leading English daily newspaper. He is particularly well known for his work on Japanese family law and its impact on international divorce and child custody disputes. He has served as an expert witness in cross border family disputes in trials in Australia and US state and federal courts. He is qualified as a lawyer in New York, Guam and the Republic of Palau, and a certified mediator.

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, February 10. Otherwise we cannot estimate the amount of food required. 

Colin P.A. Jones is a Professor at Doshisha Law School in Kyoto. He has
also been a Visiting Professor at Duke Law School since 2015, and has
taught as an adjunct for Michigan State University College of the Law
since 2009. In the past he has also taught at Osaka University and
University of Victoria, where he was a Japan Visiting Fellow at the
Center for Asian Pacific Initiatives. He is also a Life Member of Clare
Hall at the University of Cambridge, and has been a visiting fellow at
the Asian Law Institute at National University of Singapore. He also
remains active as a practitioner, working with global multinationals and
technology start-ups and serving as a director for several corporations.
He has also translated Japanese legal documents professionally since he
was a student at Duke Law School, a role that saw him become involved in
the US Supreme Court Case, Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan Ltd. (2012).

Having first gone to Japan to study in 1983, Professor Jones has spent
much of his career as both a scholar and a lawyer in Japan and other
parts of the Asia-Pacific region. His research is focused on comparative
law, and he has published extensively on Japanese law in both English
and Japanese. He has written four books in Japanese and writes "Law of
the Land," a monthly column on Japanese law-related subjects in the
Japan Times, the country's leading English daily newspaper. He is
particularly well known for his work on Japanese family law and its
impact on international divorce and child custody disputes. He has
served as an expert witness in cross border family disputes in trials in
Australia and US state and federal courts. He is qualified as a lawyer
in New York, Guam and the Republic of Palau, and a certified mediator.




Feb
6
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Charles Booth

Charles Booth
Director, Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL)
William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin
Senior Advisor, Burford Capital



Monday, February 6, 2017
12:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012

R.S.V.P. is required.
Lunch will be served.



Professor Booth (BA, Yale University, 1981, summa cum laude; JD Harvard Law School, 1984, cum laude) is a Professor of Law at the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i and the Founding Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL). He taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong from 1989 to 2005, where he also served as the Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) from 2000-2005.
 
Professor Booth’s primary research interests are comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law, Hong Kong and Chinese insolvency law reform, and the development of insolvency and commercial law infrastructures in Asia. He has authored/co-authored more than 60 publications, which have been published in 11 jurisdictions. He co-authored: A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (2010); the Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (3rd ed, 2015); and the Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2010; 3rd ed, forthcoming 2017).


Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, February 3. Otherwise we cannot estimate the amount of food required. 


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Jan
26
12:15 pm12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Manfred Nowak

Manfred Nowak
Professor of Law, University of Vienna

Thursday, January 26, 2017
12:15-2:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202
40 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012

R.S.V.P. is required.
Lunch will be served.

Professor Manfred Nowak is one of the world’s leading experts on international human rights. He is Secretary General of the new European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, was the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture who visited China and delivered a famous report on China’s criminal justice system some years ago, and is chair of the International Review Committee on Taiwan’s HR Progress. He is also a lively, dynamic speaker who should not be missed – a certifiable great person. This all comes up at the last moment because he is spending this week at the UN! Kindly R.S.V.P. if you wish to attend.