Student Scholars Program Accepting Applications for 2019 - 2020 Year

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“China conducts routine Hong Kong troop rotation ahead of banned rally” – Hong Kong Free Press

“US warplane flies along dividing line between mainland China and Taiwan” – South China Morning Post

“Wan Gang will loom larger than Elon Musk when the history of electric cars is written” – Bloomberg

“Beijing refuses to 'budge' on South China Sea: Philippines” – Channel News Asia

“Japan takes on China with a planned $20 billion investment in Africa” – CNN

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Join the U.S.-Asia Law Institute
Student Scholars Program

In the past three years, USALI has hosted dialogues with International Court of Justice Judge Xue Hanqin (薛捍勤), Cardinal Joseph Zen (陈日君), former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) and pioneering China investor and TPG Capital founder David Bonderman.

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The U.S-Asia Law Institute (USALI) is currently accepting applications for its annual Student Scholars program, an exciting year-long opportunity to produce independent research related to the Institute’s ongoing projects.

The selection process is competitive, and successful student scholars will meet regularly as a group to discuss important legal issues facing the region, meet with the Institute’s world-renowned visiting scholars and receive guidance and support from USALI staff.  Students are expected to commit time to the Institute each week and contribute to the work of the Institute.

Through the year, there may also be exclusive opportunities to participate in USALI programming featuring visits from top legal experts.

You!  Current NYU Law Students.

Interested applicants should send a current CV and statement of interest to USALI’s general email ( Proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese is preferred, but not required.  Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview before final selections are made.

When:  Deadline for applications is September 28, 2019

What is the Program:
Led by Professor Jerome A. Cohen and Executive Director Katherine Wilhelm, USALI serves as one of America’s preeminent research centers for the study of the legal systems of Mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan. It works to improve popular, professional and scholarly understanding of Asian legal systems at home and abroad through its publications and exchanges concerning comparative and international law. 

Through research and writing, Student Scholars at the Institute will spend one academic year contributing to USALI’s ongoing legal reform projects in China and elsewhere in East Asia. These include promoting criminal justice reform and strengthening public interest law in the fields of public interest lawyering, labor rights, and anti-discrimination.  In October, we will also be engaging a substantial group of eminent East Asian lawyers and scholars in a month-long program to learn about wrongful convictions work in New York. We are also planning similar programs in the Spring. Space permitting, students are encouraged to attend these programs.

Student Scholars will receive guidance and feedback from USALI’s directors and staff as part of NYU Law’s Directed Research program (which offers 2 academic credits). Along with receiving research and writing guidance from USALI’s directors, Scholars will be given the opportunity to engage with USALI staff and visiting scholars, and typically have used the program to develop strong relationships with the Institute and its many affiliates.

Any questions, please feel free to contact either:

Alexis Agliano Sanborn
(212) 998-6696

Eli N. Blood-Patterson
(212) 998-6194