Nov
27
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: John Israel

John Israel
Professor Emeritus of History, University of Virginia

Monday, November 27, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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John Israel, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1955) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (1957, 1963).  His scholarly writing has focused upon students and higher education in 20th century China.  His magnum opus is Lianda: A Chinese University in War and Revolution (1998). He has traveled, lived, and studied in Taiwan (1959-1962, 1985-1986) and the People’s Republic of China (since 1978).  
 
After retiring from the UVa faculty in 2003, Israel taught American history to Chinese students at the Yunnan Nationalities University and Chinese history to American students through the Duke in China program in Kunming. On Semester at Sea’s 2010 spring voyage, he helped to launch Semester at Sea’s Tung program in Sino-US relations. He and Professor Tao Xie teamed up for the Tung program in spring 2013 and again in spring 2017.   His commentaries on contemporary China have been broadcast through the Voice of America’s Mandarin Language Service.  A veteran of the anti-Vietnam-war movement, he has periodically conducted colloquia and seminars on Vietnamese history and the Vietnam War. 
 

 

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Nov
20
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Michael Davis

Michael Davis
Professor of Law and International Affairs, Jindal Global University, India
Visiting Senior Fellow, Liu Institute for Asian Studies, Notre Dame University

Monday, November 20, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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Michael C. Davis, the Professor of Law and International Affairs at India’s Jindal Global University and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Liu Institute for Asian Studies at Notre Dame University, has just completed the 2016-2017 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy, where his research related to “resistance movements and constitutionalism in emerging democracies in Asia.” A Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he has held distinguished endowed visiting professorships at Northwestern University (2005-6), Notre Dame University (2004-5) and at Case Western Reserve University (2000), as well as the Schell Senior Fellowship in Human Rights at Yale Law School (1994-5). His books include Constitutional Confrontation in Hong Kong (Author, 1990), Human Rights and Chinese Values (Editor, 1995), and International Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (Editor, 2004). His articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals in law and politics. As a public intellectual he has contributed commentary to such newspapers as the New York Times and the South China Morning Post, for which Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondence Club awarded him the 2014 Human Rights Press Award for commentary. 



 

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Nov
13
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Shitong Qiao

Shitong Qiao
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong
Global Associate Professor of Law, NYU School of Law (Fall 2017)

Monday, November 13, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dr. Shitong Qiao is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches comparative property law, law of cities, law and development and Chinese law, and won the Faculty Research Award. He is also Global Associate Professor of Law at NYU School of Law (Fall 2017). Dr. Qiao graduated from Wuhan University (LL.B.), Peking University (MPhil in Law), and Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.) with numerous prizes, including the Top Academic Prize from Peking University. His doctoral dissertation, “Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution of Law and Social Norms,” won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Prize (awarded annually to the best student paper written in law and economics at Yale Law School), and will be published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Qiao’s current research focuses on property, social norms, and local government law, and is supported by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Hong Kong Research Grant Council. His publications appear or will appear in Minnesota Law Review, Southern California Law ReviewIowa Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Cityscape, among others. Dr. Qiao passed the National Judicial Examination of China and the New York State Bar. He has provided expert opinions on the Chinese land regime to government agencies both inside and outside of China, including the Shenzhen city government and the Ontario Securities Commission.

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Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

China Crossings: Ethnographic Film in and of China

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November 11, 2017
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor

On Saturday, November 11, join us for a day of screenings and conversation that brings together anthropologists, film scholars, and filmmakers whose work and practice are integral to thinking about ethnographic film in and of China today.

“China Crossings: Ethnographic Film in and of China” seeks to interrogate the visual ethnographic gaze in China as it has been deployed by filmmakers from differing national and academic backgrounds. The second installation of a three-part series focused on critical engagement with the practices that aim to stabilize ethnographic film as a recognizable category of cultural production, this event centers on the endogenous and exogenous production of the genre of “ethnographic film” within and outside of China. Through screenings and discussions with filmmakers and scholars Ying Qian (Columbia), J.P. Sniadecki (Northwestern), Gu Tao, Zhen Zhang (NYU), and Angela Zito (NYU), this event hopes to call the category of ethnographic film into question while broadly engaging with the genre as a historical and contemporary practice, as well as an artifact and product of anthropological inquiry.

For the full program and schedule, please follow this link

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for Religion and Media and the Asian Film and Media Initiative in the Department of Cinema Studies.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

 

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Nov
6
9:00 AM09:00

Gelatt Memorial Dialogue 2017: China & International La

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Gelatt Memorial Dialogue 2017:

China & International Law
Human Rights, Sovereignty, and Maritime Disputes

Monday, November 6, 2017
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
New York University
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York, 10012

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Join the U.S.-Asia Law Institute for its 23rd Annual Timothy A. Gelatt Memorial Dialogue on the Rule of Law in East Asia. This year’s theme - “China and International Law: Human Rights, Sovereignty, and Maritime Disputes” - focuses on China's approach to international law during the Xi Jinping era as seen through the Communist Party's human rights record, Taiwan-Mainland cross-strait legal problems, China's maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas and the erosion of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong. This all-day event will feature speakers from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as well as the United States.
PROGRAM

9:00 a.m. Doors open


9:15–9:30 a.m. Welcome and a brief overview

Jerome Cohen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

9:30–10:45 a.m. The United Nations, China, and Human Rights

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law and Faculty Director and Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law; UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Sharon Hom ’80, Director, China and International Human Rights Research Program of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Executive Director, Human Rights in China

Teng Biao, Former Law Professor and Lawyer in China, Affiliated Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law
10:45–11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Taiwan, Cross-Strait Relations, and Human Rights
Yu-Jie Chen LLM ’08, JSD ’16, Postdoctoral Researcher, Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Affiliated Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law
12:00–1:30 p.m. Break for Lunch
1:45–2:45 p.m. Hong Kong: Is the Sino-British Joint Declaration Still Operable?
Alvin Cheung LLM ’14, JSD (Year 2), Nonpracticing Hong Kong Barrister and Affiliated Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute

2:45–3:45 p.m. Japan, China, and Disputes in the East China Sea

Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York

Ren Ito LLM ’04, Senior Fellow, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law

3:45–4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00–6:00 p.m. The South China Sea After the Philippine Arbitration


Peter Dutton, Professor of Strategic Studies and Director, China Maritime Studies Institute, US Naval War College; Adjunct Professor of Law and Affiliated Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law

Isaac Kardon, Assistant Professor, US Naval War College; Affiliated Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law

6:00–6:15 p.m. Closing remarks

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

6:15–6:30 p.m. Signing ceremony

Dean Trevor Morrison, NYU School of Law

Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi

Professor Jerome A. Cohen, Faculty Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
6:30–7:00 p.m. Reception

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Oct
30
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Rongjie Lan

Rongjie Lan
Associate Professor of Law
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China

Monday, October 30, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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Rongjie Lan is Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China. He obtained his Ph.D in law from Sichuan University, China, in 2008, and S.J.D from Temple University, U.S.A., in 2010. His research focuses on Chinese criminal procedure and judicial reform, and has published multiple books, articles and essays on related subjects in both Chinese and English. From 2014 to 2016, he served as an assistant chief judge at a local intermediate court in the city of Chengdu, and is currently acting as an assistant chief prosecutor in a district procuratorate.


 

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Oct
26
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Zhiyuan Guo

Zhiyuan Guo
Professor of Law, China University of Political Science and Law ("CUPL"), Beijing
Deputy Director, Center for Criminal Law and Justice
Adjunct Professor, Buffalo State College
Adjunct Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow,
U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law


Thursday, October 26, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
5th Floor Conference Room
139 Macdougal Street
New York, NY 10012
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Zhiyuan Guo is a Professor of Law at China University of Political Science and Law (“CUPL”) in Beijing, where she specializes in criminal procedure, evidence, international human rights law and social studies. She is the Deputy Director of the Center for Criminal Law and Justice, Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law. Professor Guo was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at NYU School of Law from 2008-2009 and as a Sohmen Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong University in 2011. From 2015-2016, she visited Stanford Law School as a Fulbright Research Scholar. Professor Guo has published extensively in academic journals in both Chinese and English. Her research interests include exclusionary rule, plea bargaining, effective counsel, and criminal mental health. 
 

 

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Oct
23
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Mina Cheon

Mina Cheon
A Korean-American global new media artist, scholar, and educator
Full-time Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art


Monday, October 23, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA) is a Korean-American global new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Korea and the United States. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally and draws inspiration from global media and popular culture to produce work that intersects politics and pop art in evocative ways. In particular, Cheon has worked on North Korean awareness and global peace projects since 2004 and appeared to the world as a North Korean artist KIM IL SOON since 2013. While she creates work that range in medium from new media, video, installation, performance, and public projects to traditional media of painting and sculptures, the content of the work is in historic alignment to appropriation art and global activism art. She has exhibited her work and/or in the collection of the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul Olympic Museum, American University Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place Contemporary Art Center, Insa Art Space Korean Arts Council, C.Grimaldis Gallery, Lance Fung Gallery, Trunk Gallery, and represented by Ethan Cohen Gallery. Cheon is the writer of Shamanism + Cyberspace (Atropos Press, Dresden and New York, 2009), contributor for ArtUS, Wolgan Misool, New York Arts Magazine, and Artist Organized Art, and currently on the Board of Directors of the New Media Caucus of the College Art Association, as well as an Associate Editor of the academic journal Media-N. She is also a Full-time Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). UMMA : MASS GAMES – Motherly Love North Korea, the latest solo exhibition by Mina Cheon, curated by Nadim Samman, is currently on view at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York.

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Oct
16
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Yun-chien Chang

Yun-chien Chang
Research Professor,
Institutum Iurisprudentiae Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Director, Empirical Legal Studies Center,
Institutum Iurisprudentiae Academia Sinica

Monday, October 16, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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Yun-chien Chang is a Research Professor at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and the Director of the Empirical Legal Studies Center. He was and will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Cornell Law School and was a former law faculty at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haifa University, and St. Gallen University. His current academic interests focus on economic, empirical and comparative analysis of property law and land use law, as well as the empirical studies of judicial system.

Prof. Chang has authored and co-authored more than 80 journal articles and book chapters. His English articles have appeared or will appear in the world leading journals, such as The University of Chicago Law Review, Journal of Legal Studies, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He is an Associate Editor of the International Review of Law and Economics, the Editor of Asian Journal of Comparative Law, and the Panelist on American Law Institute’s Restatement Fourth, Property International Advisory Panel. In addition to his publishing experiences, Prof. Chang’s academic achievements have won him the Career Development Award, Outstanding Scholar Award, and Academia Sinica Law Journal Award in 2016, the Junior Research Investigators Award in 2015, and the Best Poster Prize in 2011.

Prof. Chang received his J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law, where he was a Lederman/Milbank Law and Economics Fellow and a Research Associate at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Before coming to NYU, he had earned LL.B. and LL.M. degrees at National Taiwan University and passed the Taiwan bar. He also worked with prestigious law firms in Taiwan and served as a legal assistant for the International Trade Commission.
 

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Oct
9
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Eva Pils

Eva Pils
Reader in Transnational Law,
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London
Affiliated Scholar of U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law


Monday, October 9, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
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. She 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 U.S.-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 the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and a legal action committee member of the Global Legal Action Network. In April 2017, she was a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. 


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Oct
3
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun
S.D.B., Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
12:15-1:50 pm
Vanderbilt Hall Room 208
40 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012
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Cardinal Zen has been a longtime leader of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, culminating in his tenure as the sixth Bishop of Hong Kong from 1996 to 2006 and as cardinal of Hong Kong from 2006 until his retirement in 2009. Also, he is known for his strong support in democracy, human rights, freedom of speech and religious liberty in Hong Kong. In 2003, he voiced out his concern about the proposed anti-subversion law (Article 23 of the Basic Law), worried that it could lead to violations to basic civil rights if enacted without a thorough public consultation. Cardinal Zen was also a vocal proponent of the Occupy Central movement in 2014, joined hands with other movement leaders to fight for democratic elections in Hong Kong.
 
He has also been outspoken about the human rights issues in mainland China, including speaking out for the “underground churches” and attending prayer gatherings to mourn victims of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 and pray for democracy in China.


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Sep
19
5:45 PM17:45

ALS-JLS-USALI Autumn Mixer

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Join Asia Law Society, Japan Law Society, and the U.S.-Asia Law Institute for their annual Autumn Mixer! You will have an opportunity to meet Professor Jerome A. Cohen, Frank Upham, and Ira Belkin, as well as other NYU law students and friends with a background in Asian legal studies!

Where: Vanderbilt Hall, Golding Lounge East Wing

When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:45 PM

PLEASE RSVP HERE

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Sep
18
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Yu-Jie Chen

Yu-Jie Chen
Taiwan Lawyer
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica

Monday, September 18, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 310
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
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Yu-Jie Chen is a Taiwan lawyer and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institutum Iurisprudentiae of Academia Sinica. 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.

Chen has had extensive experience as a research scholar for the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law, where she focused on criminal justice and human rights developments in Taiwan and China. Prior to that, she served as a researcher and advocate for the non-governmental organization Human Rights in China. She has also practiced in the Taipei-based international law firm Lee and Li.
Chen has published journalistic essays and academic articles on human rights and the rule of law issues in China, Taiwan and cross-strait relations. Her most recent publications include “Human Rights in China-Taiwan Relations: How Taiwan Can Engage China,” (2015), “Isolated but Not Oblivious: Taiwan’s Acceptance of the Two Major Human Rights Covenants” (forthcoming in 2017), and “Localizing Human Rights Treaty Monitoring: Case Study of Taiwan as a Non-UN Member State (forthcoming in 2018).


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Sep
11
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Peter Dutton

Peter A. Dutton
Professor of Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College
Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College
Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Fellow, NYU School of Law U.S.-Asia Law Institute


Monday, September 11, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Wilf Hall 5th Floor Conference Room
139 Macdougal Street
New York, NY 10012
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Peter A. Dutton is Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University and a fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute. He is actively engaged in research pertaining to Chinese views of international law of the sea, China's maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas, and China's expanding maritime interests in the Indian Ocean and beyond. He is also pursuing a PhD at King's College London, where his dissertation addresses the sense of maritime insecurity felt by China's leaders from the Opium War to today and how that insecurity affects Chinese views of international law of the sea.


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Sep
6
12:15 PM12:15

Asia Law Weekly: Ira Belkin

Join us for the first Asia Law Weekly lunch dialogue of the semester!

Ira Belkin
Executive Director, NYU U.S.-Asia Law Institute
Adjunct Professor of Chinese Law and Criminal Justice,  NYU School of Law

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Furman Hall Room 318
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012

Ira Belkin is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Chinese Law and Criminal Justice at NYU School of Law. Prior to joining the Institute in September 2012, Belkin served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation in Beijing, where he worked on law and rights issues. His grant-making supported Chinese institutions working to build the Chinese legal system, to strengthen the rule of law and to enhance the protection of citizens’ rights, especially the rights of vulnerable groups. Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Belkin combined a career as an American lawyer and federal prosecutor with a deep interest in China, and spent seven years working to promote the rule of law in China. His appointments included two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and a year as a fellow at the Yale Law School China Law Center. After graduating from NYU Law, Belkin spent 16 years as a federal prosecutor including time in Providence, R.I., where he was chief of the criminal division, and in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was deputy chief of the general crimes unit. Before attending law school, Belkin taught Chinese language at Middlebury College. He has lectured extensively in Chinese to Chinese audiences on the U.S. criminal justice system and to American audiences on the Chinese legal reform movement. In addition to his J.D. from New York University School of Law, Belkin has a master’s degree in Chinese studies from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany.

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Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

David R. Tillinghast Lecture on International Taxation

The NYU School of Law International Tax Program invites you to save the date for the 22nd annual David R. Tillinghast Lecture on International Taxation. Robert B. Stack, former deputy assistant secretary for tax policy, International Tax, US Treasury Department, will deliver the lecture on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South.

A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

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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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Apr
13
to 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

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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.

 

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