USALI hosts 10-12 outstanding research scholars each year. Our visiting scholars, who are funded by external sources,  include judges, prosecutors, lawyers, legal journalists, and legislators, as well as academics. Scholars are able to audit classes at NYU while pursuing their own research goals and contributing to Institute projects. Our bi-monthly Visiting Scholar Workshop Series provides an opportunity for visiting scholars to share their work with experts from various fields. 

Are you interested in becoming a Visiting Scholar at USALI? Learn more about the program here.

2018 - 2019 Visiting Scholars

huang jiade.JPG


Mr. Jiade Huang is a criminal lawyer and member of the Chinese Innocence Project (CIP) - XIYUANWANG, the first non-governmental organization aiming to redress criminal case grievance in China. He has helped other lawyers successfully promote the re-vindication of many unjust criminal cases, such as the Chen Man murder case in Hainan (2016, death penalty case). At present, he and his colleagues are struggling to promote the redressing of wrongful convictions, such as the Chen Guoqing robbery case in Hebei (1994, death penalty case). He obtained his LL.B. from the School of Law at Beijing Normal University (2013). At USALI, his main research interests are wrongful convictions and the defense of death penalty cases.




Ms. Weijing Huang is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law, where she also obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in law in 2014 and Master’s Degree in Procedure Law in 2016. Her current research focuses on criminal procedure law and the judicial system. She has been working as a research assistant at the Sun Yat-sen Reform of the Judicial System Research Center since 2016, where she has participated in a number of empirical research projects focusing on the evaluation and improvement of judicial reform in China, especially in Guangdong Province. During her time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, she will focus her research on judicial confidence in China since 1978.


Jiade Huang Headshot


Zhe Huang is an immigration lawyer in New York and a researcher of Chinese property law. She received her S.J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2015. Her research at Wisconsin focused on the social responsibilities of property rights on state-owned and collective-owned land in China. Her work has appeared in several U.S. and foreign journals. She received her LL.M. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School in 2010. Her research interests at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute are the nature of migrant workers’ status and the right to live and work.





Jie Meng is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Procedure Law at Renmin University of China in Beijing, where she previously obtained her Master’s degree. She is also a research assistant at the Center for Criminal Justice and Reform at Renmin University, participating in several projects, such as “Reducing the Application of Pre-trial Detentions in China” and “Promoting Effective Safeguards During Criminal Pre-Trial Detention.”  Her research focuses on criminal pre-trial procedure and Chinese juridical reform. Ms. Meng was also invited to visit the National Chung Cheng University (CCU) as a visiting scholar. At USALI, she will conduct research on the standardization of criminal investigation of unjust, false and erroneous cases.




Minah Kim has worked as a public prosecutor in South Korea since 2005.
She graduated from Pusan National University and was appointed as a public prosecutor of Korea in 2002. After being a prosecutor, she worked at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office. She is an expert in prosecuting white collar crimes such as corporate financial crimes and political bribery and has handled a wide range of corporate crimes including ‘the LIG commercial paper fraud case’. During her time at USALI, she will conduct research on corporate crimes between the United States and South Korea.


Takayuki Obata.jpg


Takayuki Obata is a practicing attorney who specializes in juvenile delinquency, criminal defense, family and labor law. Having worked eight years as a Tokyo attorney, Takayuki has won administrative lawsuits which have been reported on throughout the country. During his time at USALI, Takayuki will study foster care and family reintegration in the United States, which is an extension of his work as a member of the Committee on Children’s Rights at the Saitama Bar Association. In preparation for his time abroad, he has been deepening his understanding of social services through research, attending sessions at institutions and organizations, participating in symposia, and interviewing specialists.




Dr. Sun Ping is an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Rule of Law at East China University of Political Science and Law. Dr. Sun graduated from the Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2009, where he received a Ph.D. in constitutional law. His current research centers mainly on defamation law and freedom of speech, the social credit system and data protection, human dignity and personhood in constitutional law. As a grantee of the 2018 – 2019 U.S.-China Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, he will conduct research on what China can learn the impact of the First Amendment in defamation law.




Xiao-yu Sun has been a Lecturer at China’s Southwest University of Science and Technology School of Law since 2014. Dr. Sun has studied law for 14 years, and has engaged in professional research for 7 years. She assisted with research for the National Social Science Fund’s project on diagnosing existing problems in China’s Criminal Procedure Law through empirical research and wrote one chapter in the book they later published. Using the same research method, Dr. Sun has published a number of papers and a monograph. Today, Dr. Sun continues her research, focusing on criminal procedure law in China, especially the protection of defendants’ rights and confession withdrawal. Sun Xiao-yu received her LL.M. and LL.B. from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 2009 and her Ph.D. from Sichuan University in 2013. Dr. Sun also serves as Deputy Secretary-General in the Criminal Law Branch of the Mianyang Law Society.

photo sheng.jpg


Ching-sheng Tsai received his Master’s degree in law from the National Chengchi University in 2007, and has been a prosecutor in Taiwan for nine years. He specializes in criminal law and criminal procedure. As a prosecutor, he focuses on criminal investigations, primarily intellectual property rights crimes, drug trafficking, food safety fraud cases, health insurance scams, and financial crimes. He directed hundreds of police and government officers to investigate the “Fraud in Fukushima Food Importation” case and the “174 people for health insurance scam.” At the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, he will continue his research on financial crimes, particularly insider trading and law enforcement, including the trend of recent judgments and rulings of the SEC concerning insider trading in the United States.

Head Shot (Hikaru Tokunaga).jpg


Ms. Hikaru Tokunaga is a Professor of Law at Dokkyo University, in Saitama, Japan. She has been teaching criminal procedure law for about 15 years. She received her LL.B., M.A. in Law, and Ph.D. (Law) from Hitotsubashi University. Her main research interest is the appropriate usage of scientific knowledge in criminal trials from the perspective of preventing wrongful convictions. She has been researching the standard of admissibility of scientific evidence (including psychological), defendant’s right to consult experts and to test samples independently, as well as the issues of sample preservation and chain of custody. She has written numerous papers on these topics comparing the Japanese system with that of the US. She has been a board member of the Japan Society for Law and Psychology since 2013 and a board member of the Innocence Project Japan since 2017.



Xiaoguang Wang is a discipline inspector at Zhoushan Supervisory Committee (est. May 2017) and is responsible for anti-corruption cases in China. He graduated with an LL.B. in 2008 and an LL.M. in 2011 from Southwest University of Political Science and Law. From August 2011 to May 2017 he served as a prosecutor in Zhoushan People's Procuratorate, focusing on crime investigation. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Procedure Law at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai. He has received many honors, such as Sterling Civil Servants, the Order of Commendation, and Academic Researcher. During his time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, his research will focus on interrogation and wrongful convictions.


Shu XIE.jpg


Shu Xie is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), specializing in criminal procedure law and evidence. He has published more than 40 articles and commentaries in journals or newspapers, 15 of which were published in the Chinese Social Science Citation Index (CSSCI). His recent articles were granted First Prize in the 9th China Jurist Forum’s Article Contest, First Prize in the 8th China Youth Law Forum’s Article Contest, and Third Prize in the 4th and 5th Youth Outstanding Achievement Award of Criminal Procedure Law. Additionally, Shu Xie was invited to visit the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Kaohsiung as a visiting scholar. During his time at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, his research will focus on the evidence rules of Mainland China and the United States.