STAFF & SCHOLARS
ALEXIS AGLIANO SANBORN
Alexis received her Bachelors Degree in East Asian Studies and Japanese from UC Santa Barbara in 2008, and in 2013 graduated from Harvard University's Regional Studies of East Asia Program. She has worked and studied in Japan prolifically, living in rural Shimane and Yamanashi Prefectures, Tokyo and Nagoya. She comes to USALI via the Asia Society where she worked in the Executive Office. Her research interests include food culture, history, trade, agriculture and society. Her graduate work and continuing studies focus on the Japanese school lunch system. To learn more about Alexis, visit her website here.
ELIAS ("ELI") BLOOD-PATTERSON
Program Manager & Research Scholar
Elias Blood-Patterson received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2014. As a student, he performed research on international maritime disputes and sovereignty in the Antarctic Ocean and South China Sea. On graduation, he worked as the Robert L. Bernstein Fellow for International Human Rights at the New York-based NGO, Human Rights in China. Elias joined the US-Asia Law Institute as a research fellow in 2015, where he has worked on issues of criminal procedure and legal ethics; since 2016 he has also served as program manager for the institute. His current research interests include Chinese criminal procedure, the use of technology to assist judicial decision-making, and international law as a tool for interstate dispute resolution.
Kelsey Haskins began research at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute in 2017. She received her Master of Arts degree in International Development from Nagoya University and continued her doctoral work on Turkey’s Kurdish minority policy. She studied and worked in Japan for fourteen years. From 2009 to 2013, she was a member of the inaugural faculty that launched the Global Gateway Program at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, which was created to promote study abroad and international exchange. Kelsey is fluent in Japanese and has served as a translator for the Japanese Ministry of Education, Aichi Prefectural Police, the Center for Asian Legal Exchange, and international law firms based in New York. Her current research focuses on gender and discrimination in contemporary Japan.
Allen Clayton-Greene received his LL.M degree from New York University School of Law in 2014, and his combined B.A./LL.B (Hons) degree from The University of Melbourne in 2007. After graduation from the University of Melbourne, Allen worked as a litigation attorney with Australian law firm, Allens Arthur Robinson. In 2012, Allen was awarded an Australian Government Endeavor Executive Award fellowship, through which he undertook field work in China with Walmart, and research with Beijing-based consulting firm China Policy. Upon graduation from NYU School of Law, Allen was a visiting scholar with the US-Asia Law Institute and as China Law Officer with Human Rights in China. Allen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and his research interests include Chinese criminal law and procedure, digital and cyber-security, Constitutional law and international human rights law.
YUAN ("AMY") GAO
Amy is a recent LL.M. (15') graduate from Columbia Law School. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. degree in Law from Peking University Law School, from which she also received her LL.B degree. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she spent a year as a visiting scholar with U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she focused mainly on comparative law studies and judicial reforms. In August 2015, after obtaining her LL.M. degree from Columbia, she joined U.S.-Asia Law Institute as a Research Scholar. Her research interests include criminal law, criminal justice, evidence, constitutional protection of procedural rights, law development and its implementation. She is currently working on various institution projects, related to labor law, and criminal justice issues.
Masiyiwa-Bernstein Human Rights Fellow
Adam Gordon received his JD from the New York University School of Law in January 2018, and joined the U.S.-Asia Law Institute as a Masiyiwa-Bernstein Human Rights Fellow upon graduation. While in law school Adam focused on international law and global governance, and was a member of NYU’s three-person team which took second place in the ICRC’s Pictet Competition on International Humanitarian Law. Adam previously worked for the UN Security Council Campaign division of Global Affairs Canada, as well as the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in Kabul. His research interests include extradition agreements, human rights pressure in state-to-state interaction, and China's role in international institutions and governance. In addition to his JD he holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Mina joined U.S.-Asia Law Institute in July 2017 and is a current student at Graduate School of Arts and Science studying International Relations with a Concentration in International Law. She interned at International Law and Treaty Team at The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea and The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. Mina has a strong interest in rule of law, legal systems and conflict resolution through international law in East Asian region and is fluent in both Korean and English. Prior to coming to NYU, Mina studied Economics and Political Science at CUNY Baruch College.
Chao Liu received her LL.M. degree from NYU School of Law in 2010. Prior to joining the Institute as a Research Scholar in 2011, she worked for one year as a legal intern in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. Ms. Liu assisted in investigations involving mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and accounting fraud. Ms. Liu has four years of working experience in China. Previously, she worked for two years as a legal assistant in a prominent Shanghai law firm specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the law firm, she was a business consultant at the Council of Great Lakes Governor's Office in Shanghai. Ms. Liu received her LL.B degree from Shanghai University School of Law, graduating in the top 1% of her class. Her writing has appeared in Law360.
TRANG ("MAE") NGUYEN
Trang ("Mae") Nguyen (Nguyễn Thu Trang) is an affiliated researcher at New York University School of Law, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, and a visiting scholar at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Her research focuses on comparative Vietnamese and Chinese legal systems, including Vietnam and China’s local experiments, criminal justice and procedures, land and maritime border negotiations, and environmental litigation. Mae's academic work has been published in the New York University Law Review and by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mae earned a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a Mitchell Jacobson Law & Leadership Fellow and executive editor of the New York University Law Review. She is fluent in Vietnamese.
Chi Yin joined the Institute in 2013, and is currently focusing on China's recently revised Criminal Procedure Law. Ms. Yin previously served as a judge in the Intermediate Court of the greater Chengdu Municipality. The cases she tried included both appellate and first-instance criminal trials of white-collar, drug trafficking and violent crimes. Other work in the court included managing projects related to internal court reform, and editing an internal law review. She left the court in 2008 and moved to the U.S., where she pursued public interest law, volunteering with Colorado Legal Services and then interning with China Labor Watch. She received an LL.M. from NYU in 2013. She received her LL.B and Master’s of Law from Sichuan University, and has been a member of the Chinese bar since 2004.
Paulette Caldwell is an expert on race and civil rights with a concentration on discrimination in employment and public education law. She speaks and writes on a range of issues including critical race theory, the intersection of race and gender, disparate impact theory, and the fair governance of public schools. She is an honors graduate of Howard University School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the law review, and of Howard University College of Liberal Arts. Prior to joining the Law School in 1979, she served for a decade at the Ford Foundation and the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, specializing in real estate transactions and the corporate and tax representation of charitable and other nonprofit organizations. She has served as a consultant to and board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and is currently a member of the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Cynthia Estlund is a leading scholar of labor and employment law and workplace governance. Her current book-in-progress, A New Deal for China’s Workers?, takes a comparative look at labor rights, labor unrest, and labor law reform in China. In her previous book Regoverning the Workplace: From Self-Regulation to Co-Regulation (2010), she chronicled the current crisis of workplace governance in the US and charted a potential path forward. In her first book, Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy (2003), she argued that the workplace is a site of both comparatively successful integration and intense cooperation, and she explored the implications for democratic theory and for labor and employment law. Other writings focus on freedom of speech and procedural fairness at work; diversity, integration, and affirmative action; critical perspectives on labor law, and transnational labor rights and regulation.
Roderick Hills teaches and writes in public law areas with a focus on the law governing division of powers between central and subcentral governments. These areas include constitutional law, local government law, land use regulation, jurisdiction and conflicts of law, and education law. His publications have appeared, among other places, in the Harvard Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, theUniversity of Chicago Law Review, and the Supreme Court Law Review. Hills has been a cooperating counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and also files amicus briefs in cases on issues relevant to the autonomy of state and local governments and the protection of their powers from preemption. Hills holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale University. He served as a law clerk for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the state bar of New York and the US Supreme Court bar.
James Jacobs holds a JD (1973) and a PhD in sociology (1975) from the University of Chicago. Before joining the NYU Law faculty in 1982, he was a member of the Cornell Law School faculty. He teaches first-year criminal law and upper-year electives on criminal procedure, federal criminal law, and juvenile justice, as well as various specialized seminars, e.g. this year on cyber-crime and on regulation of vice. Jacobs has published 16 books and more than 100 articles. Among his books on other criminal justice topics are Can Gun Control Work?(2004); Hate Crimes: Criminal Law & Identity Politics (2000); The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity (1996); and Drunk Driving: An American Dilemma (1992). Jacobs was awarded a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship to write The Eternal Criminal Record, which Harvard University Press published in February 2015.
Frank Upham teaches Property, Law, and Development, and courses on comparative law and society with an emphasis on East Asia and the developing world. He is co-director of the US-Asia Law Institute and is the faculty program director for NYU Law Abroad in Shanghai. His scholarship focuses on Japan and China, and his book Law and Social Change in Postwar Japan received the Thomas J. Wilson Prize from Harvard University Press in 1987. Recent scholarship includes “Who Will Find the Defendant If He Stays with His Sheep? Justice in Rural China,” “From Demsetz to Deng: Speculations on the Implications of Chinese Growth for Law and Development Theory,” “Creating Law from the Ground Up: Land Law in Post-Conflict Cambodia,” and “Resistible Force Meets Malleable Object: The Story of the ‘Introduction’ of Norms of Gender Equality into Japanese Employment Practice.” Prior to moving to NYU School of Law in 1994, he taught at Ohio State, Harvard, and Boston College law schools.