Masako Mori Speaks at USALI

On May 3, 2016, Ms. Masako Mori spoke at USALI about Womenomics in Japan. Ms. Mori is an expert of consumer law and the former minister of Japan for Women's Empowerment. She has played an active role in reducing gender barriers for women's employment, improving benefits for women workers and engaging women in important policy-making process.

More about Ms. Masako Mori:
Masako Mori is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and a member of the House of Councillors in the Japanese Diet.  She currently serves as the Chairperson of Environment Division of the Policy Research Board of the LDP.  In 2012, Ms. Mori was named to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's second Cabinet where she served as Minister for the Support for Women's Empowerment and Child-Rearing, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety, Minister of State for the Declining Birthrate, and Minister of State for Gender Equality. In 2007, she entered the Upper House and was Vice Chairwoman of the LDP's judicial committee and chairwoman of the Upper House Committee on Oversight of Administration.  She passed the bar examination in 1992 and registered as a lawyer in 1995 after the completion of her training at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of Japan.  

Bruce Jacobs Speaks at USALI

On April 28, 2016, Professor Bruce Jacobs spoke at USALI about his life and career. Born in Florida and raised in California, Professor Jacobs spent his formative years in Colorado. He went to Columbia University as political science major, where he developed his interest in China and studied Chinese as a result. Professor Jacobs has been a long time observer of Taiwan. He studied Chinese literature at National Taiwan University. During the talk, Professor Jacobs talked about his observation of the Kaohsiung Incident and shared his views on the prospects and challenges of Tsai's Administration. Information about Professor Jacob's forthcoming book is available here. 

More about Professor Jacobs:
After studying Chinese as an undergraduate student at Columbia College of Columbia University, Bruce Jacobs made his first trip to Taiwan in 1965, where he studied at the Graduate Institute of History at National Taiwan University. He then returned to Columbia for postgraduate studies and wrote his first article on Taiwan in The China Quarterly(January/March 1971). He returned to Taiwan for doctoral field research on local politics in rural Taiwan. After receiving his Ph.D in 1975, Bruce migrated to Australia where he continued to visit Taiwan annually until placed on the blacklist in 1980. He came off the blacklist in 1992 and has returned to Taiwan regularly since then. His last teaching post in Australia was as chaired Professor of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University (1991-2013) where he continues as Emeritus Professor of Asian Languages and Studies.
His recent books on Taiwan include Local Politics in Rural Taiwan under Dictatorship and Democracy (Norwalk, CT: EastBridge, 2008), Democratizing Taiwan (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012), and The Kaohsiung Incident in Taiwan and Memoirs of a Foreign Big Beard (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016, in press). He has also edited the four-volume Critical Readings in China-Taiwan Relations (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014). His current project is A History of Taiwan.

Jiunn-rong Yeh Speaks at USALI

On April 26, 2016, Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh spoke at USALI about his life and career on a par with Taiwan's democratization. Born and raised in Taipei, Professor Yeh went to law school at National Taiwan University. Afterward, he worked as a court clerk of the military for two years. Between 1985 and 1988, when Professor Yeh was a JSD student at Yale Law School, he heard about the abolition of Taiwan's Martial Law and decided to go back to Taiwan to serve his hometown by teaching Constitutionalism. 

About Professor Yeh:

Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh is known for his policy science approach to various law and policy issues, including constitutional change, environmental policy and regulatory processes. He was the Vice Dean of the College of Law, National Taiwan University, in charge of academic affairs and international collaboration. He has substantially involved in many constitutional, legislative and regulatory issues in Taiwan. He argued in front of the Council of Grand on the constitutional issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant installation, also heading or participating in the drafting of several major legislative bills, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Procedural Act, the Superfund Law and the Greenhouse Gas Control Act. Professor Yeh’s extensive publications of books and articles in both English and Chinese cover topics such as constitutional law, environmental law and administrative law. He received Award of Excellence in Research from National Science Council. Professor Yeh has held teaching positions in many major foreign institutions. He taught in the Transnational Law Program at Duke Law School, Hong Kong, in 1995, and Transformative Constitution and Rule of Law in East Asia at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in 1999. He was named Distinguished Visiting Faculty 2000-2001 by the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where he taught Transformative Constitutionalism in East Asia in Fall 2000. In 2004, he was the instructor of the course Comparative Constitutionalism at Harvard Law School. Professor Yeh joined the Cabinet of Taiwan as a Minister without Portfolio in 2002, in charge of inter-ministerial coordination. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of two important councils chaired by the Premier: the National Council for Sustainable Development and the Council for Organic Reform. In 2005, Professor Yeh was elected Secretary-General of the National Assembly that approved the constitutional revision proposals by Legislative Yuan. In 2006, Professor Yeh was appointed as Distinguished Professor by the University. He is now director of the Public Law Research Center.

Peter Dutton Speaks at USALI

On April 21, 2016, Professor Peter Dutton spoke at USALI about his career. Before graduating from Williams and Mary Law School, Professor Dutton had spent 6 years in the U.S. Navy. His current research focuses on the roles of global institutions in solving disputes. According to Professor Dutton, international tribunals should play a role in shaping international norms where arbitration decisions should set out standards for future negotiation of similar disputes. Dutton also has a specific research interest in China, where he tries to understand China's position and claims in international maritime matters as well as the breadth and growth of its rising maritime power. 

About Peter: 

Peter Dutton is a Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. Professor Dutton's current research focuses on American and Chinese views of sovereignty and international law of the sea and the strategic implications of the United States and the United States Navy of Chinese international law and policy choices. Selected recent publications include: Military Activities in the EEZ: A U.S.-China Dialogue for Security in the Maritime Commons (December 2010), Caelum Liberam: Air Defense Identification Zones Outside Sovereign Airspace (American Journal of International Law, October 2009), Charting a Course: US-China Cooperation atSea (China Security, April 2009), Scouting, Signaling and Gate-Keeping: Chinese Naval Operations in Japanese Waters and the International Law Implications (China Maritime Studies Monograph, April 2009), and Carving Up the East China Sea (Naval War College Review, Spring 2007). Additionally, Professor Dutton has testified before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese Perspectives on Sovereignty and Access Control (February 2008) and on the Implications of Chinese Naval Modernization (June 2009). Additionally, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Maritime Disputes and Sovereignty Issues in East Asia (July 2009). Professor Dutton also researches and lectures on topics related to international law of the sea issues in the East and South China Seas, East and Southeast Asia, the Arctic, the Proliferation Security Initiative, and Maritime Strategy. He is a retired Navy Judge Advocate and holds a Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary, a Master's of Arts (with distinction) from Naval War College, and a Bachelor's of Science (cum laude) from Boston University.

Taisu Zhang Speaks at USALI

On April 13, 2016, Professor Taisu Zhang spoke at USALI about his life and work. Born in Tianjin and raised in Beijing, Professor Zhang went to Yale University and obtained his Bachelor's Degree, Juris Doctor degree and Doctor's Degree there. At Yale, he studied the "Great Divergence" and wrote a thesis about it. During the talk, Professor Zhang also shared his thoughts on the impact of Confucious on China's cultural, economic, legal and political institutions and considered traditions in the past has been re-imagined to fit the pragmatic and political agenda of the present.

More about Professor Taisu Zhang:
Taisu Zhang is the Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is also an Associate Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law, where his scholarship focuses on comparative legal history, specifically economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe, comparative law, property law, and contemporary Chinese Law. Zhang has taught at Brown University’s history department, the Tsinghua University School of Law, and Peking University Law School. Zhang, who holds three degrees from Yale University (a B.A. in History and Mathematics, a J.D., and a Ph.D. in History), has also worked at the Institute of Applied Legal Studies of the Supreme People’s Court of China, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, and the Federal Defenders of New York. His book manuscript, Kinship, Property and Agricultural Capitalism in Pre-Industrial China and England, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In dissertation form, it was the recipient of Yale University’s Arthur and Mary Wright Dissertation Prize and the American Society for Legal History’s Kathryn T. Preyer Award.  

Steven Orlins Speaks at USALI

On April 14, 2016, Mr. Steven Orlins spoke at USALI about his life and career in the U.S. and China as well as his views of the future direction of US-China relations. Mr. Orlins developed a keen interest in Asia when he was young. He went to college to study Chinese history and wrote a thesis about CCP's foreign policy towards the US in the interim between 1944 and 1945 before the Chinese civil war broke out. After graduation, he went to Taiwan to improve his Chinese, and returned to the U.S. to join the State Department where he assisted in the normalization of foreign relations between China and the US. During the talk, Mr. Orlins also highlighted two current trends between the US and China which he believes will shape the future relationship between of the U.S. and China: the continuance of cross-investment and increasing student exchange between the two countries.

More about Mr. Steven Orlins:

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.

Paul Reichler Speaks at USALI

On April 7, 2016, Mr. Paul Reichler spoke at USALI about his experiences as an international litigator. Mr. Reichler talked about the procedures of international tribunals, his interaction with various international courts, and why he thought it was in the interest of China to participate in the international proceedings addressing the South China Sea dispute -- to maintain an orderly system that has worked so far.

Mr. Reichler developed his interest in international law because he wanted to fight for a just cause and enjoyed learning about different cultures. Additionally, the international tribunal, according to Mr. Reichler, is of significant importance in protecting the interests of small states which allow them fight gross injustice mounted by the big powers. That’s one of the reasons that Mr. Reicher gave in explaining why he has been proactively representing several ‘underdog’ states.

More about Mr. Paul Reichler:
Mr. Paul Reichler is one of the world's most experienced advocates before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and other international tribunals. He has represented sovereign States in international litigation and arbitration for over 30 years, beginning in 1984 as counsel for Nicaragua in its landmark case against the United States. Among his accomplishments before the ICJ, he represented Nicaragua against Costa Rica in the Navigational Rights Case; Uruguay against Argentina in the Pulp Mills Case; Nicaragua against Colombia in the maritime delimitation case; and Ecuador against Colombia in the Aerial Spraying of Pesticides case. He currently represents Somalia against Kenya, and Nicaragua in three pending cases, two against Colombia and one against Costa Rica.
He has also represented States before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea and in international arbitration proceedings. He has been counsel in most of the arbitrations brought under Part XV of UNCLOS, including for Bangladesh against India, the Philippines against China, Ghana against Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritius  against  the U.K., and  Guyana  against  Suriname. His litigation experience includes cases involving armed hostilities, international human and humanitarian rights, territorial sovereignty, land and maritime boundaries, transboundary environmental harm, and other important issues of public international law. He is a senior partner in the law firm Foley Hoag, which is based in Washington with offices in Paris, New York and Boston. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1973.

John Kamm Speaks at USALI

On April 6, 2016, John Kamm spoke at USALI about his work at the Dui Hua Foundation and shared his insights into the Chinese legal system. He is working towards a fair treatment of Chinese political detainees by identifying their names and contacting relevant institutions and/or senior people to accelerate the prisoner release process. Mr. Kamm has also been actively advocating the incorporation of the 'right to a name' into internationally codified human rights treaties as a vital right.

More about Mr. Kamm:

John Kamm is an American businessman and human rights campaigner active in China since 1972. He is Founder and Chairman of the Dui Hua Foundation. Mr. Kamm was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Best Global Practices Award by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President George W. Bush in 2001. In September 2004, he received a MacArthur Fellowship for “designing and implementing an original approach to freeing prisoners of conscience in China.” Mr. Kamm is the first businessman to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Since his first intervention on behalf of a Chinese prisoner in May 1990, he has made more than 100 trips to China to engage the government in a dialogue on human rights, focusing on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons. He has made 10 visits to Chinese prisons and has submitted requests for information on more than 1,000 prisoners. In the words of The New York Times, “No other person or organization in the world, including the State Department, has helped more Chinese prisoners.” Mr. Kamm received a B.A. from Princeton University (1972) and an M.A. from Harvard University (1975). He was the Hong Kong correspondent and representative of the National Council for US-China Trade (1975-79) and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (1990). He also managed Occidental Chemical Corporation’s business in China and the Far East (1986-91).

Dr. Nong Hong Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Dr. Nong Hong spoke at USALI about her extensive professional experiences in China, Germany and the U.S. as well as her opinion on the South China Sea Arbitration case. Born and raised in Hainan, Dr. Nong went to Shanghai International Studies University and received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. After graduating from college, Dr. Hong worked as an editor and producer at CCTV (Beijing) for two years. Later, she went to Germany for graduate school and studied law and politics. According to Dr. Hong, she saw the need for a new specialization in the Law of the Sea and directed her studies in that direction. 

More about Dr. Hong:

Dr. Nong HONG heads the Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS), an independent, non-profit academic institution based in Washington D.C. She also holds a joint position as a research fellow with the China Institute, University of Alberta (CIUA), the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS), and the China Center for Collaborated Studies on the South China Sea, Nanjing University. Dr. Hong received her PhD in the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations from the University of Alberta, Canada and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the University’s China Institute. She was a ITLOS-Nippon Fellow for International Dispute Settlement (2008-2009), Visiting Fellow at the Center of Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia (2009), and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2007).
Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining international relations and international law with a focus on international relations and comparative politics in general, ocean governance in East Asia, law of the sea, international security, particularly non-traditional security, and international dispute settlement and conflict resolution. Her most recent publications include UNCLOS and Ocean Dispute Settlement: Law and Politics in the South China Sea (2012), UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea (co-edited with Wu Shicun and Mark Valencia, 2015),Recent developments in the South China Sea dispute (co-edited with Wu Shicun, 2014),Maritime Security Issues in the South China Sea and the Arctic: Sharpened Competition or Collaboration? (co-edited with Gordon Houlden, 2012), “Face-Off in the South China Sea: Conflict or Compromise?” in National Interest (2015), “Emerging interests of non-Arctic countries in the Arctic: a Chinese perspective”, Polar Journal (2014), “The Energy Factor in the Arctic Dispute: a Pathway to Conflict or Cooperation?” in the Journal of World Energy Law & Business (2012).

Professor Alison Conner Speaks at USALI

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Professor Alison Conner spoke at USALI about her life and  interests in law and history. As a graduate of South East Asian Studies and Chinese studies as well as law, Professor Conner shared her stories teaching law at Nanjing University Law School, National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong. From there, she developed a fervent interest in the portrayal of law in Chinese films. In her presentation, she showed Chinese films during the Republican era such as the Goddess, Street Angel and Long Live the Missus to illuminate Chinese legal development at that time.

More about Professor Conner:

Alison W. Conner joined the faculty at William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, in 1995 after nearly twelve years of teaching and research in Asia. She earned her Ph.D. in Chinese and Southeast Asian history at Cornell University and her law degree at Harvard Law School, where she specialized in Asian and comparative law and was a research fellow in the East Asian Legal Studies Program. Following law school, she taught Chinese and East Asian history and then spent five years practicing law on Wall Street before moving to Asia in 1983.
During the 1983-84 academic year, she taught as a Senior Fulbright Professor at the University of Nanjing's Department of Law.  From 1984 to 1986 she was a member of the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore, teaching courses in Singapore law.  In 1986 she joined the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law, where she taught both Hong Kong and Chinese law as a tenured member of the faculty.  In 2004 she returned to China on her second Fulbright award and taught comparative law as a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Beijing's Tsinghua University, and she has continued to teach in other programs in Hong Kong and Australia.  During spring 2014 she served as the inaugural resident director for the University’s study abroad semester in China. 
Professor Conner writes on modern Chinese law and Chinese legal history, especially in areas relating to the legal profession and legal education. But she also maintains her broader interests in Asian history, art and cinema. Her most recent research has focused on the depiction of law and the legal system in classic Chinese movies, which she loved when she first saw them in Hong Kong in the 1980s. A frequent speaker on the topic, she served as co-convener of two law and film symposia (in 2012 and 2013) and organized the Law & Film Institute at the Law School. 

Phil He Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, February 11, 2016 Professor Ni (Phil) He spoke at USALI about his life and career, working and studying in the United States and Australia. His career highlights the opportunity for cooperation between the United States and China. Phil is known utilizing for his empirical data collection, research and assessment in Criminal Justice Research. 

About Dr. Ni He: Dr. Ni (Phil) He is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and associate vice provost for graduate education at Northeastern University.  He taught at the University of Texas-San Antonio (1998-2003) prior to joining Northeastern University.  He received his law degree (LL.B.) from Xiamen University (PR China) in 1988 and his PhD in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (USA) in 1997.   Dr. He’s primary teaching and research interests include comparative criminology/criminal justice, policing and quantitative methodology. He has participated in several international and national research projects as a research analyst.  He directed (with Dr. Ineke Haen Marshall) the U.S. portion of the 30-nation International Self-report Delinquency Study (ISRD-2, 2006-2008), funded by the National Institute of Justice.   He is currently working (with Drs. Jack McDevitt and Lanying Li) on a joint international research grant (with Xiamen University, PR China), awarded by the MacArthur Foundation (2009-2011), to study legal representation in lower level Chinese criminal courts. He was an invited discussant for the “Seminar on Empirical Approaches to Criminal Procedure Reforms in China” (Oct. 5-7, 2008) and a guest lecturer for the “Criminal Justice and Empirical Theory: An Applied Workshop for Junior Scholars from China” (May 3-11), both hosted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Visiting Scholar Workshop Series: Lu Jun

On February 10, 2016 Lu Jun gave a presentation as part of our Visiting Scholar Workshop series. His summary is below as follows: 

Current Gender Equality Litigation in China: New Progress and New Challenge


Since 2012, there has been great progress on gender equality litigation in China. The first-ever lawsuit against employment discrimination against women was filed in 2012 and then the second, third and forth ones emerged in 2014 and 2015. On LGBT rights, a mile stone lawsuit against discrimination was filed in 2014 and then five others were brought to court by LGBT community in the next two years. LGBT community’s desire of fighting for its rights by legal means is continually expanding. However, Chinese civil society has also had to confront some new challenges. The most complicated one is the implication that Two-child policy brings to women’s employment opportunity.  

Norman Ho Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, February 4 Assistant Professor Norman Ho spoke at USALI. Norman P. Ho is an assistant professor of law at Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”).  His research focuses primarily on the areas of Chinese legal history (from Chinese antiquity up to the 12th century A.D., with an emphasis on the history of Chinese legal thought), legal theory, comparative jurisprudence, and Chinese law.  Prior to joining STL, Norman practiced law in the law firms of Slaughter and May and Morrison & Foerster LLP.  Based in Hong Kong, his practice focused on a wide range of capital markets, private equity, and M&A transactions, as well as U.S. securities law compliance matters. He also previously taught legal theory as a lecturer in the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Norman received his A.B. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he received the Howard L. Greenberger Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Comparative Law.

At the lunch he spoke of his childhood growing up in New Jersey, his experience learning history and Chinese language at Harvard, and his experience working at Peking University. During his talk he discussed the life and culture of teaching in China, the developments of the law school and more. 

Phyllis Chang Speaks at USALI

On January 28, Phyllis Chang spoke at USALI. She was born in New York, and grew up in the New York suburbs. Her undergraduate period spent at Dartmouth College "made her a feminist" - as she attended the school during the process of transitioning to a co-ed system in the late 1970s. Later, she lived and worked in Beijing from 1994 to 2015, and was one of the first foreign students to study law at Peking University. After receiving her J.D. law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Chang was a Jervey Fellow at Columbia Law School from 1986-88.  As part of her Jervey Fellowship, Ms. Chang spent 1986-87 at China Renmin (People’s) University doing research on Chinese contract law and the Chinese legal profession.  Ms. Chang practiced corporate law in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California from 1988-1993, before discovering the non-profit world in 1994 and joining the Ford Foundation.  From 1994 to 2000, she was the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer for Law, Rights and Governance in China.

Chang discussed the foundation of China Law and Development Consultants (“CLD”), a Hong Kong firm established in 2000 to support non-profit development work in China. CLD focuses on programs to promote rule of law, citizens’ rights, governance reform, and development of the emerging NGO sector in China. In addition, CLD provides consulting services to foreign donors and foreign non-profit organizations that are conducting programs in China or considering doing so.


Sharon Hom

On January 21, Sharon Hom, the Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC) visited USALI to discuss her career and life. She came to the United States when she was only five years old, originally born in Hong Kong. Her career began in New York, where worked with homeless in the 1970s.

Hom also discussed her years teaching law, training judges, lawyers, and law teachers at eight law schools in China over a fourteen-year period in the 1980s and 1990s. She also discussed her experiences as a Professor of Law at City University of New York School of Law. 

Currently, Sharon runs HRIC’s human rights and media advocacy and strategic policy engagement with NGOs, governments, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. She has testified on a variety of human rights issues before key E.U., U.S., and international policymakers, including think tanks and government bodies, and participated in five of the E.U.-China Human Rights Legal seminars since 2004. 

Autumn 2015 Guest Speakers

September 9, 2015. Frederic Delano Grant, Jr.

Boston College Law School, and Ph.D. (2012), Leiden University, is a Boston, Massachusetts lawyer who has written extensively about the business and legal history of China’s maritime foreign trade, including his most recent: The Chinese Cornerstone of Modern Banking: The Canton Guaranty System and the Origins of Bank Deposit Insurance 1780-1933

September 11, 2015. Professor Bill Alford

William P. Alford is a scholar of Chinese law and legal history. His books includeTo Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization(Stanford University Press 1995), Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia (Harvard East Asian Legal Studies 2007), 残疾人法律保障机制研究 (A Study of Legal Mechanisms to Protect Persons with Disabilities) (Huaxia Press 2008, with Wang Liming and Ma Yu’er), and Prospects for the Professions in China(Routledge 2011, with William Kirby and Kenneth Winston).

Professor Alford is the founding Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability which provides pro bono services on issues of disability in China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vietnam and several other nations. He served from 2005 to 2014 on the board of directors of Special Olympics International (which serves individuals with intellectual disabilities in more than 180 nations) chairing its Research and Policy Committee and serving on its Executive Committee. In 2008, Special Olympics honored him for his work for persons with intellectual disabilities in China.

September 17, 2015. Professor Paul Pickowicz

Paul Pickowicz is one of the country’s leading historians of modern China with 15 books to his credit.  A true interdisciplinary scholar, his work has investigated the impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese peasants, the history of Chinese cinema, Cold War propaganda strategies, rural protest and Chinese soft-power initiatives.  His book “Chinese Village, Socialist State” (co-authored with Edward Friedman and Mark Selden) was called “by far the best book on the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on peasant life” by The New York Review of Books.

September 28, 2015. Dennis T. C. Tang

Dr. Te-Chung Tang (“Dennis T. C. Tang”) is the Honorable Justice, Constitutional Court (Judicial Yuan), Republic of China (Taiwan).  Before he assumed his post in the judicial branch on October 1, 2011, Dr. Tang served as Distinguished Research Professor and Founding Director of the Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica in Taiwan from July 2004 to September 2011, and has served as Professor of Law at the Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University (joint appointment) since 1989.  He specializes in constitutional, administrative and environmental law, and has taught in these fields since 1989. In addition, Dr. Tang has served as legal consultant or commissioner for various government agencies, including the Commission on Government Reorganization of the Executive Yuan (the Cabinet), the Commission on Statutes and Regulations of the Ministry of the Interior and of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Administrative Appeals Commission of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defense, etc.  He is also a member of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) International Commission on Environmental Law. Dr. Tang has numerous publications in Chinese, including Dialogic Constitution: Constitutional Dialogue (3rd ed., 2015), Separation of Powers Revisited (4th ed., 2014), and Treatise on the Administrative Procedure Act (2nd ed., 2003).

October 1, 2015. Professor Onuma Yasuaki

October 10, 2015. Professor Rowena He

Born and raised in China as a member of the "Tiananmen Generation," Dr. He moved to Canada in 1998, where she received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Today she teaches at Harvard University, where her seminars on the Tiananmen uprising have earned her a Certificate of Teaching Excellence for three consecutive years. Her book manuscript Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of Struggle for Democracy in China is coming out in paperback and hardcover simultaneously in April 2014 (Palgrave- Macmillan). Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and she has been interviewed by The Boston Globe, NBC, the CBC, the BBC, and various other international media.

October 15, 2015. Thomas Kellogg

Thomas Kellogg is director of the East Asia Program at the Open Society Foundations. He is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School. At the Open Society Foundations, Kellogg focuses most closely on civil society development, legal reform, and human rights; he also oversees work on a range of other issues, including public health, environmental protection, and media development.

Kellogg has written widely on legal reform in China, and has lectured on Chinese law at a number of universities in the United States and China. He has also taught courses on Chinese law at Fordham and Yale Law Schools.

Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Kellogg was a senior fellow at the China Law Center at Yale Law School; prior to that, he worked as a researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. He is a 2003 graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and a 1996 graduate of Hamilton College.

October 29, 2015. Professor Margaret K. Lewis

Professor Margaret Lewis’s research focuses on China’s legal system with an emphasis on criminal justice. She joined Seton Hall Law School as an Associate Professor in 2009.

Professor Lewis is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Her recent publications have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Virginia Journal of International Law.

Most recently before joining Seton Hall, Professor Lewis served as a Senior Research Fellow at NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she worked on criminal justice reforms in China. Following graduation from law school, she worked as an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Diego. After clerking, she returned to NYU School of Law and was awarded a Furman Fellowship.

Professor Lewis received her J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was a member of Law Review. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University and also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

November 2, 2015. Professor Guo Zhiyuan

Guo Zhiyuan 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 Law and Society Studies. She is Deputy Director of the Center for Criminal Law and Justice, CUPL, Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College, US and Chinese University of Hong Kong, she is also a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. Guo was appointed as Guanghua Visiting Scholar at NYU School of Law from 2008-2009 and as Sohmen Visiting Scholar at Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University in 2011. She was just appointed as Fulbright Research Scholar for 2015-2016 and now is visiting Stanford Law School. Prof. Guo has published extensively on academic journals in both Chinese and English languages. Her research interests include exclusionary rules of evidence, Plea Bargaining, Effective Counsel, and Criminal Mental Health Law.

November 16, 2015. Judge Wenny Huang

Judge Huang was appointed as an appellate criminal judge of the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch in September 2015. From 2009 to August 2015, Judge Huang served as a presiding judge of the Taiwan Kaohsiung District Court, where she was in charge of felony cases with a particular focus on cases involving corruption, murder, and financial crimes. She also handled panel trials and reviewed judgments. In her early career, following graduation from National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Law, she served as a prosecutor for five years and as a judge for seven years. Judge Huang holds an LLM degree in Intellectual Property law from George Washington University School of Law.

November 23, 2015. Professor Tong Zhiwei

Tong Zhiwei is a professor of law at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai, where he serves as the director of the Center for Rule of Law in China. He serves as the vice president of the Constitutional Law Society of China and has been the editor-in-chief at the journal Legal Science Monthly 《法学》. He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies. Prior to joining ECUPL, he was a professor of law and acting dean at Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Law.

Aside from his academic career, he is also an active commentator on a range of social issues related to Chinese laws and politics. Professor Tong has published extensively on constitutional questions, including On the Structure of the State (Wuhan University Press, 1997), Legal Rights and Constitutional Government (Shandong People’s Publishing House, 2001), and  Constitutional Law (Tsinghua University Press, 2008), and he continues to be an active participant in debates over socialist constitutionalism. Professor Tong is a leading public intellectual in China and has articulated his support for judicial independence and the limitation on state power in articles and papers he wrote about the ‘Chongqing Model’ and Bo Xilai’s ‘Smash the Black’ anti-crime campaign. Professor Tong received his PhD and master’s degree in law from Wuhan University and diplomas in Comparative Studies of Political System from Fudan University and Jinzhou Teachers’ College.

November 30, 2015. Professor Shitong Qiao

Dr. Shitong Qiao is assistant professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches comparative property law, comparative land use, law and development and Chinese law. Before joining HKU in 2014, he taught at New York University School of Law as a research fellow and Peking University School of Transnational Law as a visiting faculty member. Dr. Qiao holds degrees from Wuhan University (LL.B.), Peking University (LL.M.), and Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.), where he was awarded the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund fellowship, the Kauffman Summer Student Fellowship, and the Streicker Fund fellowship.

Dr. Qiao's current research focuses on property and social norms, with broad academic interests in law and development (in particular urbanization), law and economics, and law and globalization. In his research and teaching, he endeavors to integrate law and social sciences theories with on-the-ground observation of and participation in law and development in China. Dr. Qiao has presented his research at various forums, including the highly selective ones such as the American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting (twice), the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop of the American Society of Comparative Law, the Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum, and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center Economic Governance and Social Preference Workshop. Dr. Qiao’s publications appear in American Journal of Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Journal of Law and Society,Iowa Law Review, Fordham Urban Law Journal, China Reform (中国改革), among others.

Dr. Qiao passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is a member of 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.


Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, April 23, USALI welcomed Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch and the author of China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, as the featured guest at the Institute’s weekly lunch series.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, the Hopkins-Nanjing Program, and Oberlin College, Dr. Richardson is the author of numerous articles on domestic Chinese political reform, democratization, and human rights in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Vietnam. She has testified before the European Parliament and the US Senate and House of Representatives. She has provided commentary to the BBC, CNN, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Dr. Richardson is the author of China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence (Columbia University Press, Dec. 2009), an in-depth examination of China’s foreign policy since 1954’s Geneva Conference, including rare interviews with policy makers. Dr. Richardson now serves as the China Director at Human Rights Watch.

Susan Shirk, Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego, Speaks at USALI

On ThursdayApril 16USALI welcomed Susan Shirk as the week’s distinguished speaker. Susan Shirk is the chair of the 21st Century China Program and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego. She also is director emeritus of the University of California, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), and chair of the IGCC International Advisory Board.

From 1997-2000, Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. She served as the director of IGCC 1991–1997, research director 2000–2006, and director 2006–2011.

In 1993, she founded, and continues to lead, the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), a Track II forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Koreas.

Shirk’s publications include her books, How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC’s Foreign Trade and Investment Reforms; The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China; Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student Strategies in China; and China: Fragile Superpower. Her edited book, Changing Media, Changing China, was published in 2011.

Shirk served as a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, the Board of Governors for the East-West Center (Hawaii), the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group. As Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, Shirk assists private sector clients with issues related to China and East Asia.

Filmmaker Carma Hinton Visits USALI

On Tuesday, April 7, the US-Asia Law Institute held a special screening of the documentary film, The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Directed by Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton, this film examines China’s 1989 protest movement through the voices of the protesters involved.

Two days following the screening, on Thursday, April 9, at the USALI weekly lunch, Jerry Cohen sat down with Carma Hinton to discuss the making of the film, as well as Ms. Hinton’s unique upbringing in China. Carma Hinton was born in Beijing and lived there until she was twenty-one. Chinese is her first language and culture.

Together with Richard Gordon, Hinton has directed thirteen documentary films about China, including The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Small Happiness, First Moon, All Under Heaven, Abode of Illusion, and Morning Sun. Hinton is a scholar as well as a filmmaker. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and has held teaching positions at Swarthmore, Wellesley, Northeastern, and MIT. In addition, she has lectured widely on Chinese culture, history, and film at educational institutions both in the United States and around the world.

Her films have been shown in numerous film festivals worldwide, including New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and San Francisco. They have also been screened at the Film Forum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, among others, and broadcast on television stations around the world, including PBS, the BBC, and ARTE. Awards received include two George Foster Peabody Awards, the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award, the International Critics Prize and the Best Social and Political Documentary at the Banff Television Festival, and nominations for Best Documentary Feature by the National Film Board of Canada, the ABCNEWS VideoSource and Pare Lorentz Awards by the International Documentary Association, and a National News & Documentary Emmy Award.

Paul Reichler, Partner at FoleyHoag, Speaks at USALI

On ThursdayApril 2USALI welcomed Paul Reichler, a partner at FoleyHoag, as the week’s distinguished speaker. Mr. Reichler is one of the most prominent practitioners of public international law and is currently counsel to the Philippines in its arbitral proceedings against the People’s Republic of China over maritime jurisdiction in the South China Sea.

Paul Reichler “is one of the world’s most respected and experienced practitioners of Public International Law, specializing for more than 25 years in the representation of Sovereign States in disputes with other States, and in disputes with foreign investors. He belongs to a select group of elite lawyers with extensive experience litigating on behalf of Sovereign States before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in Hamburg,” (Chambers Global 2010).  

Among many other clients and cases, he was Counsel and Advocate for Nicaragua in the historic case of Nicaragua v. United States of America (1984-1986), regarding the illegal use of force in international relations, and for Uruguay in the landmark case of Argentina v. Uruguay (2006-2010), concerning international environmental protection and sustainable development.

He has particular experience representing and advising Sovereign States in land and maritime boundary disputes with neighboring States, including Nicaragua against Colombia in the International Court of Justice (2007-2012); Somalia against Kenya (ICJ, commenced in 2014); Bangladesh against Myanmar before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (2009-2012); Croatia against Slovenia (2011-present); and arbitrations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, including for the Philippines against China (2013-present); Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire (commenced in 2014); Mauritius against the United Kingdom (2010-present); Bangladesh against India (2009-present) and Guyana against Suriname (2004-2007). He served as Mediator, appointed by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, in the land and maritime boundary dispute between Guatemala and Belize (2000-2002).

He has also represented Sovereign States in disputes over transboundary environmental harm, including Ecuador against Columbia, Uruguay against Argentina, and Nicaragua against Costa Rica (in three separate cases) before the International Court of Justice.