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.

Stephen Orlins, President of the National Committee on US-China Relations, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, March 12, the US-Asia Law Institute welcomed Mr. Stephen Orlins as the featured speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch series talk. Mr. Orlins has been the president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations since 2005.  Prior to that, he was the managing director of Carlyle 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.

Barton Beebe, John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the NYU School of Law, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, March 5, USALI welcomed Barton Beebe, John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the NYU School of Law, as our speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch. Professor Beebe specializes in the doctrinal, empirical, and cultural analysis of intellectual property and has published work on shanzhai,sumptuary law, and intellectual property law in modern China.  In addition, we were also pleased to welcome Mark Cohen, senior counsel at the US Patent and Trademark Office, and one of our leading experts in IPR in China.  Mr. Cohen provided comments and participated in the lunchtime discussion.

Barton Beebe has been the Anne Urowsky Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He has also taught courses at the Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriete Intellectuelle at the Universite de Strasbourg, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, and the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. In 2007, Professor Beebe was a special master in the case of Louis Vuitton Malletier v. Dooney &Bourke, Inc., No. 04 Civ. 2990 (SAS) (S.D.N.Y.).  His published works include Intellectual Property law and the Sumptuary Code, 123 Harvard Law Review 809 (2010), and An Empirical Study of U.S. Copyright Fair Use Opinions, 1978-2005, 156 Pennsylvania Law Review 549 (2008).

Professor Beebe received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University, and his B.A. from the University of Chicago.  He clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Mark Cohen rejoined the USPTO as Advisor to the Under Secretary and Director and later as Senior Counsel, China in 2012, after serving as a visiting professor at Fordham Law School (2011-2012). Prior to that time he served in such functions s: Director, International Intellectual Property at Microsoft Corporation; Of Counsel to Jones Day’s Beijing office, Senior Intellectual Property Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (2004- 2008), general counsel to a mid-sized pharmaceutical company in Europe (1998-2000) and as a Fulbright Professor in Eastern Europe (1993-95). In total, he has 30 years private, public sector, in-house and academic experience in China and transition economies, with a principle focus on technology trade and monetizing intellectual property.

Owen Nee, Global Professor of Law from Practice at NYU Shanghai, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, Feb. 12, the US-Asia Law Institute hosted Owen Nee as our weekly lunch speaker. Mr. Nee is Of-Counsel at GreenbergTraurig,  Global Professor of Law from Practice at NYU Shanghai, and one of the first lawyers to practice law in China during the Post-Mao era.

Owen D. Nee, Jr. focuses on foreign investment transactions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He has created more than 100 joint ventures in China and established more than 150 subsidiaries for foreign investors.

Owen’s career is a series of “firsts” in China, including the documentation of the first equity joint venture in China, the automotive joint venture between General Motors Corporation and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, now the largest automobile manufacturer in China; the first limited recourse project financing; the first U.S.-PRC petroleum contract; the first mining concession; and the first syndicated loan to China, among others.

Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, February 19, USALI welcomed Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, as our speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch.

Ezra Vogel was a professor at Harvard from 1967 to 2000.  He succeeded John Fairbank to become the second director of Harvard’s East Asian Research Center and second chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies, director of the Fairbank Center and the founding director of the Asia Center, and director of the East Asian Studies undergraduate concentration from its inception in 1972 until 1991.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Vogel has taught courses on Japanese society, Communist Chinese society, and industrial East Asia. From fall 1993 to fall 1995, Dr. Vogel took a two-year leave of absence from Harvard to serve as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council in Washington.

Among his publications are: Japan As Number One, 1979, which in Japanese translation became a best seller in Japan, and Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, 2011, which in Chinese translation became a best seller in China. He has lectured frequently in Asia, in both Chinese and Japanese.

Dr. Vogel received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University.

Natalie Lichtenstein of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Speaks at USALI

On Monday, February 2, USALI welcomed Natalie Lichtenstein, a Professorial Lecturer in China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), as our speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch. Ms. Lichtenstein  has been an observer of Chinese legal development since the 1970s.  She worked on the 1979 normalization of US-China relations and bilateral claims settlement as a lawyer at the US Treasury Department and  is also the Chief Counsel for the Multilateral Interim Secretariat for the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

After the PRC took up representation of China at the World Bank in 1980, Ms. Natalie Lichtenstein joined the Bank’s legal department, advising on lending operations in China and other countries for most of the next 20 years.  She served as Chief Counsel, East Asia in the 1990s, and then in senior positions from 2000-2010, specializing in the Bank’s institutional governance issues and reforms.  In her last assignment, she led the work on reforms to enhance voice and participation of developing countries in the World Bank Group.   As a result of those reforms, China has become the third largest shareholder in the World Bank.

Retired in 2010, she continues to teach Law & Society in China as a Professorial Lecturer in China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.   She has also taught Chinese law as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School in 2010 and 2012, and at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1982-86.  She has published occasional articles on Chinese law since 1978.  Her more recent lectures include presentations at Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, Hopkins-Nanjing Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, Tsinghua Law School and Beijing Jiaotong Law School.

In addition, Ms. Lichtenstein has consulted on Chinese legal development for several international organizations.  Her work includes a review of the five-year EU-UNDP Governance for Equitable Development Project in China, and a report on Asian Development Bank Technical Assistance for Legal Development in the People’s Republic of China since 1994.   She is an individual member of the National Committee on U.S. China-Relations.

Ms. Lichtenstein received her A.B. degree (East Asian Studies) from Harvard University in 1975 and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.  She studied at Tunghai University in Taiwan, China, on an Oberlin College program (1973-4).


Young Joon Kim of Milbank Tweed Speaks at USALI

On Monday, January 26, USALI hosted  Young Joon (YJ) Kim, a partner in the Hong Kong office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and Mccoy, at the Institute’s weekly lunch. Mr. Kim is a leading corporate lawyer. His practice is highly diverse and concentrates on large- scale, cross-border project financing, aviation finance, and M&A transactions in and around the Asia-Pacific region.

Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times Speaks at USALI

On December 1, 2014, USALI welcomed journalist Andrew Jacobs for the Institute’s final installment of this semester’s weekly lunch series.  Since 2008, Mr. Jacobs has been based in Beijing covering China for the New York Times.  During the lunch, Mr. Jacobs spoke about the challenges facing foreign journalists in China, specifically with regard to visa renewal and freedom of expression. He also touched on his recent work, which includes coverage of Ilham Tohti, a Uighur economist who was recently sentenced to life for separatism-related charges,  and Pu Zhiqiang, a civil rights lawyer and well-known human rights defender who was arrested in June 2014 following his attendance at a gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1989 student-led protests in Tiananmen Square.

Mr. Jacobs began writing for the New York Times in 1995, and over the years has reported for a number of desks, including National, Business, Culture and Styles.  In 2002, he was part of a team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize in the public service category for their coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks in Manhattan. In 2010, The Society of Publishers in Asia awarded him and several other Times writers a Feature Writing prize for “Uneasy Engagement,” a 10-part series that explored China’s growing influence in the world; in 2009, the Society also cited his coverage of the government’s crackdown on dissent during Beijing Olympics. In 2011, he and a group of Times reporters were finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award for their reporting on Google’s clash with the Chinese government over censorship issues.

Arthur Kroeber, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center, Speaks at USALI

On November 6, USALI hosted Arthur Kroeber, non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center and expert on China’s political economy, as the guest speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch.

Arthur R. Kroeber focuses on China’s political economy and its engagement with global economic institutions. He is managing director of GaveKal Dragonomics, an independent global economic research firm, and editor of its journal China Economic Quarterly. Mr. Kroeber is based in Beijing, where he has lived since 2002.  Before joining Dragonomics, he worked for 15 years as a financial journalist and economic analyst in China, Taiwan and India. He has written for Foreign PolicyEconomistFar Eastern Economic ReviewFortune and Wired and is a contributor to the opinion pages of Financial Times,Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Mr. Kroeber is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the Fernand Braudel Institute of International Economics and the board of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business at Indiana University.

Dan Zhou, Lawyer and LGBT Rights Advocate, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, October 23, the US-Asia Law Institute held a lunch talk with Mr. Dan ZHOU, expert on anti-discrimination law and LGBT issues in China and an attorney at the Shao Gang Law Office in Shanghai.

Born in January 1974, Mr. Zhou is a practicing lawyer based in Shanghai, China. As one of the few Chinese LGBT people who have ever come out to the local, national and international media, he is a pioneering advocate for full and equal recognition of LGBT people’s rights and people with HIV/AIDS in China. He has been working toward these goals through consulting services, public education, and public policy and legal advocacy over the past decade. In addition, in 2009 he published Pleasure and Discipline: Jurisprudential Imagination of Same-sex Desire in the Chinese Modernity, a ground-breaking monograph in the Chinese language on the dynamics of same-sex desire, law and modernity in China.

Mr. Zhou has been profiled in TIME Magazine,  Southern People Weekly (Nan Fang Ren Wu Zhou Kan), China Daily, and the South China Morning Post. He is frequently asked to speak on LGBT rights issues at classes, workshops, seminars and symposia in China, the United States, Germany, and other countries.

Margaret K. Lewis, Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law

Our guest speaker on Thursday, September 11 was Margaret K. Lewis, Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law (full bio below).  Professor Lewis is a leading expert on criminal justice in China and Taiwan and an affiliated scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute.

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 LawNYU Journal of International Law and PoliticsColumbia 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.

Joshua Rosenzweig, Independent Researcher and Translator, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, October 30th, USALI’s weekly lunch audience sat down with Joshua Rosenzweig, an independent researcher and translator based in Hong Kong. Mr. Rosenzweig has extensive experience in the human rights field. From 2002 to 2011, he was a researcher for the non-profit Dui Hua Foundation, where he developed the foundation’s comprehensive database of information about Chinese political and religious prisoners and authored more than a dozen volumes in its series of occasional publications. He is frequently sought out by the international media to comment on criminal justice issues and human rights developments in China, and his opinions have been featured in the Asia edition of the Wall Street Journal and South China Morning Post. His most recent publication is “Disappearing Justice: Public Opinion, Secret Arrest, and Criminal Procedure Reform in China” (China Journal, July 2013).

US-Asia Law Institute ABOUT USALI WHO WE ARE WHAT WE DO SCHOLARSHIP MEDIA Stéphanie Balme, Columbia University Law School Alliance Program Visiting Professor, speaks at USALI

On Thursday, October 9, the U.S.-Asia Law Institute welcomed Professor Stéphanie Balme as a guest speaker as part of USALI’s weekly lunch series. Professor Balme is a Columbia University Law School Alliance Program Visiting Professor and the head of the Sciences Po research group on Justice, Law and Society in China. She is a leading expert on Chinese law and governance (full bio below).

Columbia University Law School Alliance Program Visiting Professor this fall, Stéphanie Balme is a Sciences Po Paris faculty (PSIA Professor and CERI Research Fellow), where she runs the “Justice, Law and Society in China” research program. She is also a regular consultant for international organizations on projects related to rule of law, public policy or human rights in China. Balme is a former full-time Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing (2006-2012) and a Research Associate at Chinese University of Hong Kong (2003-2006). Her areas of teaching and research are: comparative constitutional law and constitutionalism, law and society, human rights, judicial studies and Chinese politics. Her latest publications include: “China’s Bureaucratic Rules of Laws” (in French, RFAP Oct. 2014) and an Ebook entitled, ”Judicial Practices in Original Version: Comparing France, China and the U.S.” (in French), LexisNexis, Oct. 2014 (with A. Garapon, Li Bin and D. Schimmel).

Wife and daughter of detained public interest lawyer Chang Boyang speak at USALI

On Wednesday, September 24, the US-Asia Law Institute held a lunch talk on the detention of Chang Boyang, a distinguished public interest lawyer and the co-founder and legal representative of Zhengzhou Yirenping, a well known non-profit organization that fights against discrimination in mainland China.  Mr. Chang’s wife Deng Guiqin, daughter Chang Ruoyu, and Lu Jun, a visiting scholar at USALI and the chief coordinator of the Beijing branch of Yirenping, spoke to the audience about Mr. Chang’s detention and hopes for his release. Professor Jerome A. Cohen moderated the event.

For a press release about the event published by Zhengzhou Yirenping, please click here.

Benjamin van Rooij, John S. and Marilyn Long Chair Professor for US-China Business and Law at University of California, Irvine

Our guest speaker on Thursday, September 18 was Benjamin van Rooij (full bio below), the John S. and Marilyn Long Chair Professor for US-China Business and Law at University of California, Irvine. Prof. van Rooij’s research interests include China’s compliance challenges, tax evasion by lawyers in China, and prosecutorial public interest litigation in environmental cases.


Benjamin van Rooij is the John S. and Marilyn Long Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law and academic director of the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law at University of California, Irvine. By affiliation he is Professor of Chinese Law and Regulation at the Faculty of Law at Amsterdam University and director of the Netherlands China Law Centre. Also he is honorary professor at Wuhan University School of Law and long-term visiting professor at Yunnan University School of Law. In 2010, he was visiting faculty at New York University School of Law as a member of the Hauser Global Faculty.
Prof. van Rooij’s research focuses on implementation of law in comparative perspective. Since 2000 he has studied the implementability of legislation, regulatory law enforcement and compliance, and rights invocation and legal empowerment. A central theme is how implementation of law can be improved in the context of emerging markets where weak enforcement and widespread violations of law create a vicious circle undermining compliance. Using insights from sociology of law, criminology, political science and social psychology he uses anthropological methods to study compliance behavior and motivations and public and private enforcement practices. He uses innovative fieldwork data both to seek improvement to persistent implementation problems as well as to reorient existing regulatory, criminological and socio-legal theories that so far have yet to adapt to data from countries such as China.

Fields of law studies include environmental law, land law, labor law, food safety law, and taxation.

Prof. van Rooij has served as an adviser to the Dutch Prime Minister, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment.nd Clevenger of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Samuel Estreicher, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law

Our speaker on Thursday, September 4 was Samuel Estreicher, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law, and Co-Director of the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University School of Law (full bio below).  Professor Estreicher is a leading expert and has published extensively on labor law, employment discrimination, and employment law.

Samuel Estreicher has published more than a dozen books, including a forthcoming Cambridge University Press book on access to civil justice; leading casebooks on labor law and employment discrimination and employment law; and authored more than 150 articles in professional and academic journals. After clerking for Judge Harold Leventhal of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, practicing in a labor law firm, and clerking for Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. of the US Supreme Court, Estreicher joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1978. He is the former secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, a former chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and chief reporter of the Restatement Third of Employment Law, sponsored by the American Law Institute. He is also of counsel to Schulte Roth & Zabel in its employment and employee benefits group. In addition, he maintains an active appellate and ADR practice. The Labor and Employment Research Association awarded him its 2010 Susan C. Eaton Award for Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner. In recent years, Estreicher has published work in public international law and authored several briefs in the Supreme Court and US courts of appeals on international issues. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Administrative Review Board of the Asian Development Bank in Manila in the Philippines. Estreicher received his BA from Columbia College, his MS in industrial relations from Cornell University, and his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review.

Eva Pils, Associate Professor at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Speaks at USALI

On April 7, Professor Jerome Cohen sat down with Eva Pils, a former student of Professor Cohen’s and current Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (full bio below), to discuss her background and current role as a scholar working on and with human rights advocates.

As a high school student, Professor Pils’ teachers thought that she would study literature or languages.  But she had another plan in mind: to study law. “I had grown up in a divided Germany,” Professor Pils told Professor Cohen. “History was as interesting as it was painful.” Beginning with her first degree in law at Heidelberg University to her Ph.D in Law from University College London, Professor Pils has examined law as a tool for advocacy, as well as the relationship between law and politics.

For the past decade, Professor Pils has documented the efforts of over two hundred human rights lawyers in China. Her book on the subject, China’s human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance, will be published later this year. Professor Pils’ interest in China was first piqued during the June 4th period. But it was only in 2003, while participating in an EU-China program in Beijing, that she became seriously interested in China’s nascent human rights movement. In 2003, Sun Zhigang, a native of Wuhan, died after a severe beating in a Guangzhou detention center where he was being detained for not having a residency permit in that city. The incident called Professor Pils’ attention to the “suffering inflicted on ordinary people under this system” and the simultaneous possibility for reform during the period.

Ten years later, Professor Pils  believes that the mood in China has changed. Following the Sun Zhigang Incident, many lawyers thought that China’s detention centers, such as re-education through labor (RETL) camps, would be abolished. RETL was finally abolished in 2013, but Professor Pils has noticed that Chinese human rights lawyers have largely stopped placing hope in the top-down, government-led legal reform process. At the same, time, she argues that there is a more and more vibrant and diverse bottom-up, civil-society-led movement challenging the Party-State’s human rights violations, amongst them the many systems of detention without judicial process, even as repression of rights advocacy, including detention of human rights lawyers themselves, is becoming more and more frequent. Professor Pils provided the audience with a detailed account of the recent detention of four human rights lawyers in Jiansanjiang in Heilongjiang Province in March 2003 when they attempted to visit their clients held in what is thought to be a “legal education center,” or an unofficial (black) jail, where Chinese citizens are unlawfully detained.

As a final note, Professor Pils encouraged students to “be part of a larger circle who are connected around the globe.” It is difficult to avoid becoming emotionally engaged, she admitted, but she plans on continuing the documentation of lawyers who now see themselves as “trying to overcome a pretty repressive, authoritative, and violent system.”

Eva Pils is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, currently on leave from her Faculty, and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics Law Department . She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing. Her scholarship focuses on human rights and China, with publications addressing the role and situation of Chinese human rights defenders, property law and land rights in China, the status of migrant workers, the Chinese petitioning system and conceptions of justice in China. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press. Her book, China’s human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance  is due to be published later this year. Eva was the founding (co-) director and is a member of CUHK’s Centre for Rights and Justice, and a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at NYU’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute.