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
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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”).