Professors Charles Booth and Carole Peterson of the University of Hawaii Speak at USALI

On Tuesday, November 26, Professor Jerome Cohen met with University of Hawaii professors Carole Petersen and Charles Booth to discuss their lives and careers in Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Hawaii. Professor Petersen is the Director of the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Prof. Booth is the Founding Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law at the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. Both of them are members of the University’s Center for Chinese Studies.

Speaker Profiles:

Carole J. Petersen (BA, Univ. of Chicago 1981; JD, Harvard Law School 1984; Postgrad. Dip. in the Law of the PRC, Univ. of Hong Kong 1994) is a Professor in the Richardson School of Law and the Director of the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She is also a member of the University’s Center for Chinese Studies.  From 1991 to 2006, Petersen taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong where she also served as Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law (2001-2004) and was active in the Women Studies Research Centre. Her books include: Academic Freedom in Hong Kong (co-authored with Jan Currie and Ka-Ho Mok, 2006); Human Rights in Asia (co-edited with Randall Peerenboom and Albert H. Y. Chen 2006); and National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong’s Article 23 Under Scrutiny (co-edited with Fu Hualing and Simon N. M. Young, 2005).  Professor Petersen has a special interest in the impact of international human rights treaties on domestic laws and policies in the Asia Pacific. Her recent publications in this field include: Population Policy and Eugenic Theory: Implications of China’s Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 8 China: An International Journal 85-109 (2010); Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Hong Kong: A Case for the Strategic Use of Human Rights Treaties and the International Reporting Process, 14(2) Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal 28-83 (2013); and The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Using International Law to Promote Social and Economic Development in the Asia Pacific, 35(2) University of Hawaiʻi Law Review (2013).

Charles D. Booth (BA, Yale 1981; JD, Harvard Law School 1984) is a Professor of Law, the Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar, and the Founding Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law at the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. He is also a member of the University’s Center for Chinese Studies. Professor Booth previously taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong (1989-2005), where he served as Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (2000-05). He conducts research on comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law, Hong Kong and Chinese insolvency law reform, and the development of insolvency and commercial law infrastructures in the Asia Pacific and Europe. He co-authored the Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2010), the Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2009), and A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (2010). He co-developed and co-directs the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Professional Diploma in Insolvency Course. He is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He has consulted on insolvency and commercial law reform projects for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the EBRD, the OECD, the ABA-UNDP, the IDLO, and the International Insolvency Institute. He has worked on projects in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mongolia, Vanuatu, and Eastern Europe. He was in the drafting group that produced the Report on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons for the World Bank (2012) and is the Insolvency (Bankruptcy) Expert for an IDLO/EBRD Commercial Law Training Program in Mongolia.