Former Research Scholars
Heather (Yu) Han received her LL.M. from NYU School of Law in 2010, where she focused on international legal studies and conducted research on U.S.–China trade relations. She received her LL.B. from Fudan University in China, where she was awarded scholarships for four consecutive years. In 2007, she interned in the Legal Department of General Mills (China), and in 2008 for the Jun He Shanghai Law Office. From 2008 to 2009, she practiced in the area of international trade law at Scott Liu & Associates, a Beijing-based law firm.
Shitong Qiao is completing his J.S.D. at Yale Law School. Mr. Qiao received his LL.B. degree from Wuhan University in 2007 and his LL.M. degrees from Peking University in 2009 and from Yale University in 2010. His research focuses on property and social norms, with broad academic interests in law and development, law and economics, and law and globalization. Mr. Qiao's dissertation addresses the relationship between property, law and the market economy by exploring the evolution of land rights in China’s market transition. He is a recipient of the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund fellowship, the Kauffman Summer Student Fellowship, and the Streicker Fund fellowship at Yale Law School, and has been invited to present his research at various forums, including Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law, European Association of Law and Economics, and the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop of the American Society of Comparative Law. He was a visiting faculty member and Director of Advanced Legal Studies at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in the 2011-12 academic year, where he taught a seminar on property and development and supervised the student thesis program. He is qualified in both China and New York State. Mr. Qiao has published widely both in Chinese and in English. His recent publications include an article accepted by Canadian Journal of Law and Society and two book chapters accepted by Cambridge and Columbia University Presses. During his time at USALI, Mr. Qiao conducts research on Chinese land reform and collaborates with Professor Frank Upham on property-related courses.
Dr. Ling LI joined the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University School of Law as a senior research fellow in 2010 after having obtained her doctoral degree from the Leiden University (Van Vollenhoven Institute) in the Netherlands. She also holds a position as an associate professor at the Northwest University of Political Science and Law in China. She has done extensive research on corruption in China and has published "The production of corruption in China’s courts – Judicial decision-making in a one-Party state," Law and Social Inquiry, Vol. 37, 2012; "Performing’ bribery in China - Guanxi-practice, corruption with a human face," Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 20, No. 68 (2011); and “Corruption in China's Courts," in Judicial Independence in China: Lessons for global rule of law promotion, ed. Randall Peerenboom, Cambridge University Press, 2010. Her current research focuses on the Chinese Communist Party as an institution, Chinese contemporary politics, corruption and anti-corruption in China and Chinese law. Her most recent work can be found at https://nyu.academia.edu/LingLi and SSRN.
Aaron Halegua is an expert in employment law, dispute resolution, and legal aid in the United States and China. His academic work on China has been published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law (2008), Harvard Law & Policy Review (2007) and Hong Kong Law Journal (2005), and he has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times. In addition, Aaron has helped to direct and consult on rule of law programs for the International Labor Rights Forum, Asia Foundation and American Bar Association. In the United States, Aaron was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society for over three years, where he represented Chinese and other immigrants in a variety of employment-related disputes. Aaron also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Aaron lived in Beijing, China for two years: the first year was spent as a Fulbright Scholar at Peking University Law School, and the second as a Research Associate with Yale Law School’s China Law Center. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Chaoyi Jiang joined the Institute as a Research Scholar in 2013. She received her LL.B and Master of International Law from Tsinghua University School of Law and her LL.M with a specialization in International Legal Studies from the NYU School of Law in 2013. She has participated in the 2010 International Criminal Court Trial Competition (Global round) and 2012 ELSA WTO Law Moot Competition (Asia-Pacific Round), and served as the leading coach of Tsinghua Team for the 2011 ICCTC. While at school, Chaoyi worked as research and teaching assistant in the following issues: Universal Periodic Review Mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council, the South China Sea Disputes, International Humanitarian Law and Global Governance issues concerning Intra-Institution Relations under the AML/CFL framework and Overloaded Obligations of Fragile and Failed States. Her paper "Criteria of Effective Occupation: an Analysis of the Latest Judgments of the International Court of Justice" was published in Chinese Yearbook of International Law (2012 Volume) and "Interpretation and Application of the Chapeau of GATT Article XX: Precedents Study and the Justification of Carbon-related Border Adjustment Measures" was published in WTO Law and China Forum (2012 Volume). Her paper "Identification of the Number of Crimes Involving Offenses Against Currency" was published in Researches on Disputed Criminal Cases (First Volume) in 2009.
Lu Liu received her LL.M. degree from NYU School of Law in 2014 and received her LL.B. degree from Tsinghua University. Before joining the US-Asia Law Institute of NYU as a research scholar, she interned at the Intelligence Division and the Law Division of the Waterfront Commission of the New York Harbor working on organized crime and corruption issues for three months during her LL.M. program, and then interned half a year at the New York City Police Department Legal Bureau, Criminal Section.
Kuangyi Liu recently completed her J.D. studies at New York University School of Law, after receiving her LL.M. from University of Pennsylvania Law School. She received her bachelor’s degree in law from China University of Political Science and Law. As an undergraduate student, Liu clerked in a Chinese court and a prosecutor’s office in Beijing. At the University of Pennsylvania, she worked as a teaching assistant in Wharton Business School while pursuing her law degree. During the summer following her second year of law school, Liu was selected to participate in an exchange program between New York University and Kyushu University in Japan. Liu currently works as a research fellow in the New York University School of Law's U.S.-Asia Law Institute, and is participating in a visiting scholar program at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Jeremy Daum is a Senior Research Scholar and Senior Fellow at The China Center at Yale Law School. Before joining The China Center, he worked with the New York University US-Asia Law Institute, where he played an active role in all aspects of the Institute’s China-based rule of law projects. Daum has designed, implemented, and participated in a wide variety of research and legal reform programs throughout China, particularly involving criminal procedure, death penalty cases, and international human rights standards. He graduated in the class of 2005 from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honors society for exceptional American law students, and is admitted to the New York State Bar. While at Washington University, he served as a staff editor on the university’s Global Studies Law Review and worked in the school’s Civil Rights and Community Justice Clinic as a victim-offender mediator in cases involving juvenile offenders. Jeremy has clerked with international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and has also worked on a variety of employment discrimination, prisoner rights and police abuse matters after graduation. Most recently Jeremy’s work has focused evidence rules, and particularly the exclusion of illegally acquired evidence. He published a brief article, “Tortuous Progress: Early Cases Under China’s New Procedures for Excluding Evidence in Criminal Cases,” in the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (Vol. 43, No. 3, Spring 2011).
Haini GUO joined the US-Asia Law Institute in July 2010 and left to join the National Committee on US-China Relations in May 2011. She received her J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 2004 and is a member of the New York Bar. While there, she served as an editor on the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities. From 2005 to 2010, she was an associate attorney at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York where her practice focused on general corporate law, including benefits and compensation matters, employment law and related topics. She also represented pro bono clients in domestic violence and child custody cases. She has actively participated in and helped organize various legal exchange projects between the United States and China. Her publications include “Bargaining in the Shadow of Community: Neighborly Dispute Resolution in Beijing Hutongs.” (co-authored with Bradley Klein) which had also won a Yale Law School academic prize. Her research interests include law and society, comparative law, international business transactions andcriminal justice.
Daniel Ping Yu is the country director for China at the American Bar Association, responsible for overall office and program strategy and management, coordination with government and civil society stakeholders, and technical oversight and input; providing strategic direction across all projects; and identifying optimal synergy among them as envisioned by the program description. Dr. Ping Yu was previously a senior fellow at New York University’s U.S-Asia Law Institute for 10 years and is a leading specialist on China’s criminal procedure. Prior to joining NYU, he was a senior fellow at the Open Society Institute in New York. In addition, he was a consultant to the United Nations Office of Higher Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and frequently consulted for international organizations. Dr. Yu received his LL.B. in 1985 from the East China Institute of Politics and Law in Shanghai. He has also received a graduate diploma in law from Fudan University in Shanghai. He continued his studies at the University of Washington School of Law, where he received his LL.M. and Ph.D. in Asian and comparative law.
Elizabeth M. Lynch served at the Institute from 2007-2009 as a research fellow. In addition to assisting with managing the Institute’s various projects in China, Elizabeth also worked on her own research publishing “Maybe a Plea But is it a Bargain: An Initial Study of the Use of Simplified Procedure in China,” a preliminary analysis of China’s plea bargaining-like procedures. After leaving the Institute at the conclusion of her two-year fellowship, Elizabeth began China Law & Policy, a blog that examines China’s legal development through articles, interviews and podcasts. In September 2011, Elizabeth’s article, “China’s Rule of Law Mirage: The Regression of the Legal Profession Since the Adoption of the 2007 Lawyers Law,” was published in the George Washington International Law Review. Today, in addition to running China Law & Policy, Elizabeth also works as a public interest attorney at a New York City-based legal services non-profit. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from the University at Albany (SUNY) where she double-majored in political science and Chinese studies. In between undergrad and law school, Elizabeth was a Fulbright Scholar researching rule of law issues at Peking University in Beijing.
Yu-Jie Chen is a Taiwanese lawyer and J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU in 2008 and was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights. She served as a researcher and advocate for a non-governmental organization, Human Rights in China, before joining the U.S.-Asia Law Institute as a Research Scholar. She is also a Taiwan lawyer and has practiced in the Taipei-based international law firm Lee and Li. At the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, Ms. Chen’s research focuses on international human rights, legal institutions, and criminal justice in Taiwan and China. She has greatly expanded the Institute’s Taiwan focus, promoting Taiwan’s legal reforms as a comparative model for China. She has also developed USALI cooperation with Taiwan organizations, including National Taiwan University, the Legal Aid Foundation, and the Taipei Lawyers’ Association. In the fall of 2011, she joined the NYU School of Law as a J.S.D. candidate but has continued to engage in USALI’s research as a part-time Research Scholar. She has published in both news outlets and scholarly journals.