Former Visiting Scholars
Dr. Teng Biao is an academic lawyer and a human rights activist. He was formerly a Lecturer in the China University of Political Science and Law, a visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2003, Teng has provided counsel in numerous human rights cases, including those of rural rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, rights defender Hu Jia, the religious freedom case of Falungong, and numerous death penalty cases. He co-founded “Open Constitution Initiative” (Gongmeng) and is also the Founder and President of China Against the Death Penalty, Beijing. His research interest includes human rights, Constitutionalism, criminal justice, legal theory, democratic theory, transitional justice and social movement. Some of his articles and Op-eds (in English and Chinese) can be found at the following link: http://blog.boxun.com/hero/tengb/
Ms. Chiu-Fang Huang currently works as an officer in the Office of the President, Republic of China (Taiwan). She is mainly responsible for international and overseas affairs in addition to supporting the “The Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee.” She is particularly interested in human rights and international organizations, and during her time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute her research will focus on Taiwan’s participation and promotion of international human rights affairs. Ms. Huang holds a Bachelor in Foreign Languages from National Chung Hsing University and a Master’s in English from National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan.
Ms. Chun-Li Hung was born in Taiwan, where she obtained her law degrees. She has been serving as a district court judge for more than ten years, participating in numerous international conferences, including those conducted by the International Association of Judges (IAJ). In 2013, Ms. Hung was accredited by IAJ, and appointed as one of the rapporteurs for the Montenegro Judge Association (MJA). Recently Ms. Hung attended Washington University in Saint Louis, where she attained her LLM degree.
Mr. Igeta received his law and J.D. degree from Waseda University, with his work focusing on government surveillance, data collection and its impact on human rights in relation to Constitutional and Criminal Law, as well as international civil rights. Mr. Igeta has been a practicing lawyer in Japan since 2008 as a member of the Japan Federation Bar Association. He specializes in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law and has experienced some of Japan’s important cases, which include: the illegal investigation of Muslims living in Japan and the petition for the retrial of a death row inmate. Mr. Igeta is also a member of Japan Civil Liberties Union, which is one of the oldest Civil Rights NGOs in Japan.
Ms. Junwu Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in International Law at Xiamen University, where she also received her Masters and Bachelor’s degree. She currently acts as a Law Enforcement Supervisor and Lecturer in Fujian, China and has prolific experience as a research associate in the Fujian Public Security Department, Department of Transportation, and National Social Science Foundation. She has written on terrorism, criminal law, and maritime law. During her time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute she will be examining Maritime Piracy and its implications.
Isaac B. Kardon (孔适海) is a Ph.D. candidate in Government (international relations) at Cornell University and a Visiting Scholar at NYU Law for the 2015-16 academic year. Isaac specializes in international security, Chinese law and politics, and public international law. His dissertation, Rising Power, Creeping Jurisdiction: China’s Law of the Sea, analyzes China’s practice of international law. He holds an M.Phil. in Modern Chinese Studies from Oxford University, a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, and studied Mandarin at Peking University, Taiwan Normal University, and Tsinghua University.
Mr. Jun Lu is Co-founder and Board Member of Beijing Yirenping Center, an anti-discrimination non-profit organization in China. Since 2003, Mr. Lu has focused primarily on anti-discrimination law and other human rights law issues in the fields of public health, food and drug safety, disability and gender. Mr. Lu has organized legal aid fordozens of high-impact lawsuitsagainst many kinds of discrimination. Cases have included lawsuits alleging hiring/employment discrimination on the basis HIV/AIDS status, gender, physical appearance, genetic screening and hukou (city/town of household registration), as well as lawsuits against disability discrimination in public servant recruitment. Mr. Lu has assisted the National People’s Congress (NPC) deputies and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) membersto draft proposals and suggestions about discrimination legislation. Mr. Lu was named “Top 10 People of the Year 2005” by Southern Weekend and was awarded the International Padre Pino Puglisi Award (for promotion of human dignity) in Italy in 2009.
From Taiwan, Ms. Yang received her Master’s in Law from Tung Hai University in 2004, and her Masters from Soo Chow University in 2009. Her research focused on intellectual property, and for several years she practiced in the Taipei-based Law firm Lieu & Chang. Currently, Ms. Yang works as a prosecutor in the Kaohsiung District in Taiwan. To date, she has researched sex crimes and domestic violence, and during her time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute her work will focus on compulsory treatment for sex offenders.
Yongfang Liu is an Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi’an, China. In 2000, she joined the Center for Women’s Development and Rights (CWDR) of NPU. CWDR is a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization that focuses on research relating to the rights of female workers. As a member of CWDR, Professor Liu researches gender and labor rights. Her current research centers on gender equality in employment, women's participation in legislation, and legal professional ethics education .
Zhao Yuan is a Ph. D. candidate in the College of Criminal Law Science at Beijing Normal University. His research interests are Internet crimes, terrorist crimes, trans-border organized crimes and other criminal sanctions. So far, he has published 28 papers in Chinese journals or newspapers, and six of them were published in the Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index (CSSCI). He has also co-authored six books.
Kai-Feng Chi has served as a judge in Taiwan since 2002. During the more than ten years of his tenure, he has accumulated abundant civil and criminal trial experience from dealing with a wide variety of cases. His outstanding performance and contribution as a trial judge was recognized and honored by the Judicial Yuan (司法院) in 2007, 2009 and 2012 respectively. In 2012, Judge Chi was appointed to the specialized tribunal of serious financial crimes in the Taipei district court, where he mainly supervised serious white-collar crime cases, including securities fraud and manipulation, insider trading, violation of financial laws, serious corruption and money-laundering. Judge Chi received his LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in 2010. He also obtained LL.B and LL.M. degrees from National Taiwan University in 1997 and 2002, respectively. Judge Chi’s recent research interests are criminal procedure and evidence. His research at USALI will focus on the comparative study of the U.S. jury system and the experimental advisory lay participation model in Taiwan. Judge Chi can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org .
Chang-Shu Chang (張長樹) is a senior prosecutor at Keelung District Prosecutors Office in Taiwan. In his public service of nearly two decades, he has handled a wide variety of cases, ranging from intellectual property, corruption, and organized crimes to human trafficking, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. He currently serves as a member of the trial team in the Office. Mr. Chang received his doctor degree in law from National Cheng Chi University in 2000 and in 2004 was appointed as an adjunct assistant professor by the Faculty of Law, National Chung Hsing University to teach trial practices to undergraduates. In 2005, under the mutual sponsorship of the French and Taiwanese governments, he conducted research in two French courts and the Interpol on the topic of human trafficking. The law and practice of clemency systems will be his research topic at the USALI for this academic year.
Mr. Ito has been a practicing lawyer in Japan since 2005, as a member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. He began his career at public law firm, founded in an area with little access to lawyers. In this role, he dedicated himself to improving access to lawyers, and also gained extensive experience in civil and criminal law. More specifically, Mr. Ito has substantial practice experience with product liability cases. He has been a member of the Tokyo Product Liability Lawyers Association and has been involved in many important cases related to product liability, such as the following: a pacifier that caused misaligned teeth (2006-2008); a gas water heater that caused carbon dioxide poisoning (2006-2012); a fan heater that caused overheating (2010-2012); an exhaust pipe that caused gas explosions (2010-2012); and an automobile engine that experienced sudden stoppages (2012-present). In addition to his litigation activities, he has been a member of the Product Liability Ombudsman in Japan since 2013, monitoring consumer product safety. His latest research project, entitled “Japanese legal situation surrounding product liability law since its enactment in 1994,” was reported to the Product Liability Ombudsman conference in July of 2014. Mr. Takashi received his law degree from Tokyo University in Tokyo.
Allen Clayton-Greene is the Attorney Legal Officer for Human Rights in China (HRIC). He is a recent graduate of NYU's LL.M program and a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA/LLB (Hons) 2007). From 2012-2013 Allen was Senior Policy Analyst at China Policy, a Beijing-based consulting firm, where he led the Governance and Law team. Allen was a 2012 Australian Government Endeavour Award recipient, through which he performed work with Walmart China, prior to which he was a lawyer with Allens><Linklaters from 2008 to 2012. At USALI, Allen investigates contemporary debates occurring within China over the role of the constitution in the Chinese judicial system.
Weici Ling is an associate professor of Law at ECNU School of Law in China. She is a specialist in housing law, land use regulation and positive rights. Her scholarship focuses on the legal regulation on welfare administration in China. Professor Ling’s recent articles have included analyses of delegation principles in China’s real estate regulation and the legal aspects of housing subsidies. She teaches Administrative Law and Real Estate Law for undergraduate and graduate students. She was invited to advise administrative legislature on affordable housing ordinance and real estate law.
Prior to joining the faculty at ECNU, Professor Ling graduated with a doctorate in law from Zhejiang University, where she received a scholarship from the Japan Foundation to visit Tokyo University’s School of Law for one year. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the right to housing and public housing legal system in Japan.
Lingyun Gao is Associate Professor of Law, Fudan University School of Law in Shanghai, China. She is also a member of American Bar Association (admitted in Oregon and New York State) and China Law Society (Shanghai Chapter). Her research and publication areas include comparative civil and commercial law and trust law. Her current research focuses on how to regulate and develop commercial trusts and how to promote private trusts in China. Professor Gao joins the U.S.-Asia Law Institute as a 2014-2015 United Board Fellow. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Wang Liwan is a Ph. D. candidate at Renmin University of China (RUC), as well as a research assistant at the Constitutionalism Research Institute (CRI) of China University of Political Science and Law. His research interests include basic human rights protection, Basic Law of Hong Kong SAR, and constitutional interpretation. Mr. Wang has published several academic papers pertaining to these issues in Nankai Law Review, Renmin University Law Review, and Western Law Review. Mr. Wang has received numerous academic honors, including excellent visiting scholar of China Law Society and Youth Award of China Development Research.
Ms. Han Xu is a Ph.D Candidate at the Shandong University (SDU) Law School. Her research mainly focuses on constitutional law, administrative law, human rights law and employment discrimination law. During her postgraduate study, she has traveled to France, Italy, Taiwan and Hong Kong to study as an exchange student and attend several international human rights law symposiums. In 2013, Ms. Han was granted a Fulbright scholarship through the Ph.D Dissertation Grant Program (2014-2015). At USALI, she will conduct research on employment discrimination law from a comparative perspective. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duk-Jin Lee is a prosecutor of the Republic of the Korea with twelve years of experience as a lawyer. He was appointed as a prosecutor in 2005 by the President of Korea, having worked for nine years at Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in In-cheon, Je-cheon and Eastern Pusan District Prosecutors' Office. He mainly has worked at the departments of cybercrimes, high technical crimes and special corruption-related crimes. Recently, he was in charge of investigating the corruption case related to the supplies given to the nuclear power plant, covered by the New York Times in August of 2013. In particular, as a representative of the Korean government, he participated in the International Convention for Cyberspace, which was held in London in October, 2011, and the UNODC International Convention for Cyber-crime, which was held in Vienna in February, 2013. At USALI, he will research the current state of cybercrimes, the legislation and criminalization of cybercrimes in USA, and the international cooperation necessary to fight cybercrime. Mr. Lee graduated from Seoul National University (Science Education) and Korea National Open University (Law). In 1999, he passed the National Judicial Examination. He trained for two years at the Judicial Research and Training Institute. During his three years of mandatory service in the military, Mr. Lee worked for the Ministry of National Defense as a military judicial officer.
Dr. Ji Meijun is a professor at the Institute of Procuratorial Theory of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and a part-time professor at the Institute of Legal Language of the Law School of China Renmin University. Her research fields are criminal law, criminal procedure law and the prosecution system. She was a visiting scholar at the La Trobe University Law School in Australia in 2004 and again in 2010. Her representative books are Comparative Study on the System of Expert Evidence, Comparative Study on the System of Prosecution Service between China and Australia and the translated novel of Perfect Murder from the Connection of Budapest written by Dr. Henry Lee. In addition, she has published 60 research papers, 11 articles in well-known journals such as the Chinese Journal of Law (法学研究), Science and Law (法律与科学), the Journal of Jurists (法学家), and Teahouse for Jurist (法学家茶座). She is also a co-author of 12 books and has participated or presided in 16 national or international research projects supported by the FordFoundation, the Danish Institute of Human Rights and the British Embassy.
Mr. Akifumi Matsuzaki comes to the U.S.-Asia Law Institute with eight years of experience as a practicing lawyer. A member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations since 2005, he has been involved mainly in lawsuits taking place on military bases and has represented numerous local residents in lawsuits against the Government of Japan. The following are examples of Mr. Matsuzaki’s recent and ongoing cases:
Residents around Futenma Air Base in Okinawa vs. State (2005-present): Mr. Matsuzaki represents residents around Futenma Air Base in Okinawa who are suffering from enormous noise pollution emitted by military aircrafts.
Residents around Kadena Air Base in Okinawa (the largest U.S. air base in East Asia) vs. State (2011-present): Mr. Matsuzaki represents 22,000 residents around Kadena Air Base in Okinawa who are suffering from enormous noise pollution emitted by military aircrafts.
Residents of Takae Village vs. State (2009-present): Represent 15 residents of Takae Village after the Government of Japan sued them for protesting against the construction of Helipads in the training area.
Mr. Matsuzaki received his LL.B from Chuo University in Tokyo and is a graduate of the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan.
Professor Xia Feng is a Professor of Private International Law at the School of International Law and a Deputy Director at the Research Center for Taiwan Law at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). She also serves as an executive member of the Private International Law Research Academy of China, a member of the Cross-Straits Relations Law Research Institute of China Law Society, and an advisor at the Center For Asian Studies at the National Taipei University in Taiwan.
Professor Feng is a scholar of International Law and Taiwan Law. She has spent considerable time at various institutions, including Antwerpen University in Belgium as a Visiting Scholar from 1992 to 1995, Hsuan Chuang University in Taiwan as a Visiting Professor in 2010, and Chinese Culture University in Taiwan as a Visiting Professor in 2013. Her scholarship has focused on Private International law, Interregional Conflict Law Concerning Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, International Civil Procedure and International Commercial Arbitration, International Intellectual Property Law and Legal Education. She is the author of “Research on Private Interregional Law of China,” and “Private Interregional Law Concerning Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan." Professor Feng has published more than 40 articles in academic journals including Frontiers of Law in China, Hsuan Chuang Law Journal, RUC- International Law, Collected Theses of Private International Law, and China Legal Education Research . Prof. Feng graduated from the CUPL, where she received a bachelor’s degree in law, and where she earned her Ph.D in 2007. After law school, she worked as an attorney at the ShangTai Lawyer’s Firm in Beijing, China.
Yuan Tan is a Ph.D. Candidate from Renmin University of China (RUC). He received his LL.B from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in 2009 and his Master’s Degree in Economic Law from RUC in 2011. His research mainly focuses on competition law, antitrust law, law & economics, and government intervention. He is also very interested in human rights and criminal procedure law. In the past two years, he has published 10 papers, including, “On Local Enforcement of Anti-Monopoly Law in China,” “On the Constituent Elements of Monopoly Civil Liability,” and “The Emergence Logic of Economic Law and the Role of Economic Law as a Discipline.” In July 2013, he participated in the program, “Summer School in Law and Economics” at the University of Chicago Law School. At USALI, he will conduct research on human rights law and antitrust law. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Xiong Yang is an associate professor of law at Beijing Normal University (BNU) College for Criminal Law Science. He obtained his LL.B. degree from China University of Political Science and Law (2001) and Ph.D. from Peking University Law School (2006). At BNU, Professor Yang teaches Chinese criminal procedure law, foreign criminal procedure law and criminal evidence law for undergraduate and graduate students. His research focuses on criminal procedure law and evidence. Previously, Professor Yang worked as an assistant to Attorney-General of People's Procuratorate of the Fang Shan District of Beijing City (2009-2010). He is also a part-time lawyer in the Beijing Jingshi Law Firm. Mr. Yang has published more than fifty law-related articles. He is the author of "On the Due Basis of Criminal Compulsory Measures" and the translator of Sadakat Kadri’s The Trial: A History from Socrates to O.J.Simpson (2005).
Hsin-Chih Pu is a prosecutor in Taiwan's Taipei District Prosecutors Office. He graduated from Fu-Jen Catholic University before passing the National Customs Examination and National Judicial Examination. He has nine years of experience in investigation and litigation, focusing on cases that involve corruption, financial fraud, and transnational organized crime. In 2010, the Ministry of Justice recognized him for his work in anti-financial fraud. Prosecutor Pu’s most recent trials have focused on organized crimes. His publications include a report on the amendment of the Taiwan Securities and Exchange Act, a study of the hearsay rule, and a compilation of legal research published by the Training Institute for Judges and Prosecutors at the Ministry of Justice.
Yoshitaka Furukawa received his Bachelor and JD degrees from the University of Tokyo. Since, he has worked as a judge of the Mito District Family Court, focusing on the new criminal trial system Saiban-in Seido (Japanese Lay Judge System), as well as juvenile delinquencies. Subsequently, sponsored by the Supreme Court of Japan, Judge Furukawa traveled to the U.S., where he worked as a research scholar and received his LL.M. from the UC Berkeley School of Law. His main research interests at NYU School of Law are self-defense and evidence evaluation.
Weimin Zuo is currently Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Supervisor for Ph.D Candidates, and Director of China Judicial Reform Research Center at Sichuan University. His research interests include criminal procedure, evidence, judicial reform and court system. Professor Zuo is a primary partner on the U.S.-Asia Law Institute’s criminal procedure reform project, and joins us in New York to assist with development for our December 2013 workshops. Professor Zuo has undertaken a number of important research projects at the national or ministerial level in China, and has served as a Visiting scholar at several preeminent universities abroad. He received his LL.B, LL.M, and Ph.D degrees from Southwest University of Politics and Law (Chongqing) in 1988, 1995 and 1999 respectively. He has published more than 10 books and 100 articles.
Fangquan Liu is a professor of law at Fujian University Law School, an advisor to master’s students, and an assistant dean of the law school. He is a 1993 graduate of Southwest University of Politics and Law, where he received a bachelor’s degree in law, and of Sichuan University, where he earned his Ph.D in 2010. Professor Liu is a primary partner on the U.S.-Asia Law Institute’s criminal procedure reform project, and joins us in New York to assist with development for our December 2013 workshops. His principle research interests include criminal procedure law, evidence, and legal education. He has published more than 50 articles in academic journals including: Rule of Law and Social Development, Journal of Chinese Criminal Law, Criminal Law Commentary, and Procedural Law Studies. He is the author of "A Study of Investigative Procedure and Evidence" and "Compulsory Criminal Investigation under the Horizon of the Law." He is a co-author of "Research on the Chinese Criminal Legal Procedure Mechanism and Concrete Evidence" and "Research on the Resolution of Basic Level Disputes in China." He is the translator of "Computer Search and Seizure and the Acquisition of Electronic Evidence" and "Police Interrogation and American Criminal Law."
Shiwei Chen is Associate Professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law's (SWUPL) School of Law in Chongqing, China. He graduated with a doctorate from the same university in 2004, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on joint crime. Professor Chen is a specialist on criminal law and comparative criminal justice. He is also very interested in legal studies on the collegiate and graduate levels. His recent publications focus on comparative criminal law and criminal justice. At SWUPL, Professor Chen teaches Chinese criminal law and foreign criminal law for undergraduate and graduate students. He is also a part-time lawyer and committee member of the Chongqing research society of criminal law. He is currently the leading researcher on the national philosophy and social science project on Chinese organized crime. He was recently invited to put forward the legal countermeasures against organized crime for the local government. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mingyuan Wang is a Professor of Law at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law, an inter-faculty research institute at Tsinghua University, and the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society under the Chinese Academy of Environmental Sciences. He works in the fields of energy law, environmental and natural resources law, infrastructure and urban planning law, and law for technology, in particular biotechnology regulation. He obtained his B.S. and LL.M. at Peking University (1988 and 1992), and Ph.D. at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1999). Before he joined Tsinghua University Law School, he had worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University (1999-2001). During 2002-2003, he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. His latest research project is entitled, "Legal Aspects of Climate Change: Is There any Inspiration from the US and Europe for the Development of Carbon Markets in China?"