Program Coordinator

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.

Program Manager

Eli is a graduate from New York University School of Law (J.D. 2014). As a student, Eli performed research on international law and sovereignty, publishing on international custom and treaty law. After graduation, he worked as the Robert L. Bernstein Fellow for International Human Rights at Human Rights in China. Eli joined the US-Asia Law Institute as a research fellow in Fall 2015, where he has worked on issues of criminal procedure and legal ethics, and from Fall 2016, he also serves as program manager for the institute.

Faculty Advisor

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.

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Research Scholar

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.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Alvin Y.H. Cheung's research interests include the implementation of "One Country, Two Systems" in Hong Kong and Macau, China's approach to international law, and the relationship between trade policy and intellectual property.  Alvin holds degrees from NYU (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2014) and Cambridge (M.A. 2011), and has worked in Hong Kong as a barrister and as a lecturer in Law & Public Affairs at Hong Kong Baptist University. Alvin has written and presented extensively about Hong Kong for both academic and lay audiences. In addition to being a contributor at ICONnect, his writing on Hong Kong has appeared in publications such as ChinaFile, the South China Morning PostThe DiplomatOpinio JurisWorld Policy Journal, and China Rights Forum. He has also been quoted by Al-JazeeraDPA, and theAssociated Press.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

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 and regional dynamics resulting from Chinese perspectives on international law and Chinese policy choices concerning regional disputes.  His active research studies include the details and dynamics of the maritime disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea and their regional and global implications for security.  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.

Faculty Advisor

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. 

Research Scholar

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.

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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.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Dan Guttman is a teacher, lawyer and has been a public servant.  Following 2004-6 years as China Fulbright scholar he has worked with colleagues at Peking, Tsinghua, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Nanjing and Fudan Universities developing courses, programs, books/articles on environmental governance, law, public management, U.S./China relations, and taught at NYU Shanghai and Duke Kunshan universities.  He was Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Human Radiation Experiments, Commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, special counsel to Senate investigations of government management, and UNDP China and EU China foreign expert on environmental law. He has represented cities, states, citizens, and workers in energy, environment, civil rights, antitrust and whistleblower litigation, and is of counsel to Guttman, Buschner and Brooks. He co-authored The Shadow Government, a seminal study of government “contracting out,” shared in journalism awards, testified many times before Congress and other public bodies, is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration and Board member of Shanghai Roots and Shoots.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Aaron Halegua is a practicing lawyer and consultant. He is also a researcher fellow at NYU Law School’s Center for Labor and Employment Law. His interests include labor and employment law, dispute resolution, legal aid and access to justice, labor trafficking, labor issues involving “One Belt, One Road” investments, and corporate social responsibility and supply chains in the United States, China, and internationally. He is also the author of the report Who Will Represent China's Workers? Lawyers, Legal Aid, and the Enforcement of Labor Rights (2016). Aaron has consulted on labor issues in China, Myanmar, Malaysia, and elsewhere for Apple, the Ford Foundation, International Labor Organization, International Labor Rights Forum, Asia Foundation, and American Bar Association. He has been quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Economist as well as been invited to speak in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. 

Faculty Advisor

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.


Faculty Advisor

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.

Program Assistant

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.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Myung-Soo Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and holds a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) and Doctoral Degree (S.JD) from Harvard Law School in public international law and conflict resolution. Her current research interests include legal issues concerning North Korea’s economic development and engagement with the international community, public international law issues related to the establishment of rule of law and the advancement of human rights, and comparative legal analysis involving East Asian countries. Ms. Lee has held many prestigious positions over the course of her career. She was a McArthur Scholar and Research Fellow at the Program on Non-Violent Sanctions at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and collaborated with the Harvard Negotiation Project/Conflict Management Group. Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Master’s Degree in International Law from Korea University.


Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Margaret Lewis is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on China’s legal system, with an emphasis on criminal justice.Professor Lewis has been a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a Delegate to the US-Japan Leadership Program. She will spend the 2017-18 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan University.

Research Scholar

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.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2016-2017. He received his LL.B degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago. Professor Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession and published many articles in leading law and social science journals (in both English and Chinese). He is the author of two books in Chinese: The Lost Polis: Transformation of the Legal Profession in Contemporary China (Peking University Press, 2008) and The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2011). His first English book (with Terence C. Halliday), Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work, will be published by Cambridge University Press in December 2016.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Dr. Xiaonan Liu is a professor and the Director of the Constitutionalism Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law. Through this position, Xiaonan has conducted research and coordinated on cooperative projects on equality and nondiscrimination with International Labor Organization, Ford Foundation, Yale Law School China Law Center, and other foreign universities. She was also the team leader on a number of research projects that focused on gender equality and the condition of legal education in China. Xiaonan teaches anti-discrimination law, gender and law, and jurisprudence. Xiaonan holds an LL.M from Yale Law School, as well as an LL.B., Master of Law and Ph.D. from Jilin University School of Law.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Carl Minzner is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. His research focuses on Chinese law and governance, particularly judicial reform, social unrest, and state-society relations. He previously served as an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and Senior Counsel for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  He is currently completing a book manuscript on the direction of legal and political reform in China.

Research Scholar

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.

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

Eva Pils  is Reader in Transnational Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London, where she teaches human rights, public law, and law and society in China. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her scholarship focuses on human rights, authoritarianism, and law in China. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press, and is author of China's human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance (Routledge, 2014) and of Human Rights in China: a social practice in the shadows of authoritarianism  (Polity, forthcoming, 2017). For a complete listing of recent publications see here.

Faculty Advisor

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.


Research Scholar

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.