Asian Law Center
Countries in Focus - China & Hong Kong
The Asian Law Center has long been at the forefront of research and teaching on China. We maintain strong ties with partners in China and Hong Kong and collaborate on innovative projects. The Asian Law Center’s commitment to China continues to grow through faculty, research projects and publications and partnerships with alumni and institutions in China.
Asian Law Lecture: China’s Rural Land Reform: An Old Issue for a New Leadership
On April 23, 2015, Li Ping, spoke on China's land reform.
Li Ping is senior attorney for LANDESA’s China team and a leading authority on land-related law in China. He has assisted the Chinese government in drafting laws and regulations governing farmers’ land rights, and provided consultancy to international development organizations.
Li Ping recapped the pre-1949 evolution of the Chinese Communist policies on rural tenure reform : from private ownership to collectivization, then de-collectivization, leading to the Household Responsibility System in the early 1980s under which farmers were given functional land use rights under collective ownership. In the post-1980s, a gradual strengthening of household rights to land and weakening of collective ownership led to the general framework of China’s present-day rural land system.
Under this framework, he discussed the issues facing the China's new leadership: land takings regime reform, collective ownership vs. farmers’ entitled property rights, perpetualizing such entitlement rights, bifurcation of farmers’ rights to facilitate land transactions, corporate land acquisition, and women’s land rights. Co-hosted by the Asian Law Center and Sustainable International Development Law Graduate Program
RACE, IMMIGRATION & CITIZENSHIP: Professor Robert Chang interviews Author Eric Liu
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, we had profound and thought-provoking discussions between Professors Eric Liu and Robert Chang. Robert Chang, Director of the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, interviewed author Eric Liu on his recent book: “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream,” touching on the Chinese immigrant experience, and recent issues in race-based police incidents and immigration policy.
Asian Law Lecture: Charlene Barshefsky
On November 17, 2014, Charlene Barshefsky, former US Trade Representative, lectured on Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future, to a large audience in Room 138 of the Law School.
Ambassador. Barshefsky was US Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001, and acting as deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic WTO Agreement.
Asian Law Lecture Series: Professor Qi Zhang
On February 5, 2014, the Asian Law Center hosted Professor Qi Zhang, Executive Director of the Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Sociology at Peking University Law School. He spoke on the topic of "China's Guiding Cases: Re-evaluating Their Validity and Authority" to an audience of professors, Visiting Scholars, students, and local attorneys. Professor Zhang explained the current method of how guiding cases are chosen and utilized in China, and examined the necessity of revising that method.
Professor Zhang has been a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Hokkaido, and Heidelburg. His research interests include the judicial system, jurisprudence, comparative law, study on Western philosophy of law, torts, and comparative legislative systems of China and the United States.
Asian Law Lecture Series: UW President, Michael Young
UW School of Law and the Asian Law Center welcomed President Michael Young to present for the Asian Law Lecture on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. President Young's lecture was entitled "Japanese Attitudes Towards Contracts: An Empirical Wrinkle in the Debate." President Young has a distinguished record as an academic leader with broad experience in public service and diplomacy. He was also Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law for more than 20 years at Columbia University, where he served as director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies and the Center for Korean Legal Studies.He has published extensively on a wide range of topics, including international trade law, the Japanese legal system, international environmental law, international human rights and freedom of religion.
Spotlight on China Week at UW Law, November 12-15.
UW Law & the Asian Law Center were pleased to host several talks related to law in China last week.
On November 12, 2013, Ms. Guo Jianmei, one of China’s preeminent public interest lawyers, met with students to provide insights into the NGO climate in China, and to examine both the existing legal structure and potential developments that could benefit civil society and China as a whole. Ms. Guo has fought for women’s rights in China for more than 17 years; handling legal aid and public interest litigation cases on behalf of women, researching rights protection, and preparing draft laws to protect and promote women’s rights in China.
On November 14, 2013, Professor Zhu Jingwen, who conducts research at Renmin University of China, gave a speech titled "Behind More Litigation: A Data Analysis in China - Positive & Negative Impacts," as part of the Asian Law Lecture Series. Using data drawn from 1981-2011, Prof. Zhu analyzed trends in China's legal system such as number and types of cases tried in courts compared vs. the number mediated, increases in the numbers of judges and lawyers, and rates of judicial corruption.
On November 15th, 2013, students, faculty, and professionals prticipated in an all-day conference on "Contending Perspectives on the Rule of Law in China" at the UW Law School. The conference featured scholars, practitioners and advocates from around the United States and China. The conference considered key aspects of the rule of law in China, assessed the regime’s ability to manage calls for greater adherence to the rule of law, and ultimately addressed the question of whether the ruling party can be constrained by law.
The National Bureau of Asian Research organized the conference in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the University of Washington School of Law, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program, and the Severyns-Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics.
Professor Tay-Sheng Wang Delivers the Second Lecture in the Asian Law Lecture Series
On October 15, 2013, Professor Tay-Sheng Wang, Visiting Scholar at UW Law and UW LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92, presented a lecture on the topic of "Translation, Codification and Transplantation of Foreign Laws in Taiwan." Professor Wang is a Lifetime Distinguished Professor at National Taiwan University and a recipient of the Asian Law Center Lifetime Achievement Award.
His research has focused on Taiwanese-centered legal history, and during the lecture he discussed how Taiwan's laws have evolved under the influence of Japanese colonial rule as well as Chinese rule. German law and American law have also influenced Taiwanese law, as different generations of Taiwanese legal academics have studied abroad and also interpreted these laws into Chinese. Prof. Wang also discussed the role of traditional customs in Taiwan's law.
The next Asian Law Lecture is scheduled for October 28, when the Vice-Dean of Keio University Law School, Hajime Yamamoto, will speak on Japanese constitutional theory.
Professor Tom Schoenbaum Gives Asian Law Lecture
On September 26, 2013, Professor Tom Schoenbaum, Visiting Professor at UW Law and Research Professor at George Washington University Law School, delivered a lecture entitled “Territorial and Maritime Disputes Between Japan and China: Is Compromise Possible?” Professor Schoenbaum explained the historical and legal claims of Japan and China, and then proposed an innovative compromise to resolve the disputes.
The audience included many Visiting Scholars, PhD and LLM students, faculty members, and also members of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. After the lecture, there was a lively Q&A session, followed by a reception.
UW Law Welcomes Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students for the 2013-14 Academic Year
On September 16, 2013, we welcomed the new incoming LLM & PhD students and Visiting Scholars with a reception after their all-day orientation. An estimated 150 students and scholars gathered in the William H. Gates Hall Galleria.
For the 2013-14 year, 50 are enrolled in the Asian Law Center's (ALC) Asian & Comparative Law LLM, Global Business Law LLM, and Sustainable International Development Law LLM program. The ALC is proud to announce that its LLM students represent 16 countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Krygzstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Uganda, USA, and Zimbabwe. Our students also come from diverse working backgrounds such as law lecturers & faculty, firm attorneys and managers, prosecutors, NGOs, small practice and/or business founders, and journalism.
Asian Law Center Celebrates Milestone 50th Anniversary
During the 2012-13 Academic Year, the Asian Law Center celebrated its bicentennial anniversary . We began with two back-to-back October conferences in Seattle and in Tokyo honoring former Asian Law Center Director Professor John O. Haley. In March, we welcomed back Professor Dan Foote for a public lecture on the saiban’in system and criminal justice reform in Japan. In May we celebrated Professor Roy Prosterman, as well as the the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program, with a panel discussing emerging legal challenges to inclusive development in Myanmar (Burma).
Our year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Asian Law Center culminated in a special event on June 13, 2013, at the Four Seasons Hotel. The celebration, led by Dean Kellye Y. Testy and ALC Director Jon Eddy, recognized the lifetime achievements of five of our distinguished alumni throughout Asia:
• Tasuku Matsuo M.C.L. '69
• C.J. Kim Ph.D '72
• Liu Guoyuan LL.M. '82
• Erman Rajagukguk LL.M.'84, Ph.D '88
• Tay-sheng Wang LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92
Each of the honorees emphasized how much the faculty, staff, librarians, and their peers meant to their education and propelled them to where they are today. It reminded us, reflected Dean Testy, of the enormous influence that our faculty members have on our students' lives and, in turn, the influence our students have on our world.
Founded fifty years ago, with just one faculty member, the ALC is now an international hub of legal thinking. The impact of the program is felt around the globe, with multiple generations of graduates serving as leaders in business, government and academia.
The Law, Technology & Arts Group and the Asian Law Center Host Global IP Week
The Law, Technology & Arts Group, CASRIP, in collaboration with the Asian Law Center will host the 2013 Global IP Week from May 3-10. Key events include: A presentation on Russian Patent Law and Practice on May 3; The IP and National Innovation Strategies in Asia-Pacific Conference on May 4, bringing together scholars from Germany, Japan, Korea, China and the United States; A lecture on patents and trade secret protection in Germany, on May 6; And a May 8 lecture on Chinese experiences and lessons in Implementing IP Strategy. The closing event for the 2013 Global IP Week is a conference entitled "The Future of Green Technology: Policy Consideration for Obama's Second Term," organized by Professor Don S. Zang. Scholars from China, Canada, Germany and the United States will discuss (a) the energy strategies in China, Canada, and their impacts on the United States; and (b) the role of patent law in promoting green technology.
Associate Dean Kuszler Lectures in China
Associate Dean Pat Kuszler gave three genomics-focused lectures during her visit to China on April 21-25, 2013. At the prestigious World DNA and Genome Day conference in Nanjing, Kuszler presented a lecture entitled Love, Marriage and Babies in the Genomic Age, as part of a panel on ethical, legal and social issues in genomic research. Kuszler also visited Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing and met with Vice Dean Weixing Shen, Ph.D., health law, and law and science students to discuss genomics and global health. At Shandong University Law School in Jinan she gave a lecture entitled Who is Family? Redefining Legal Parenthood in the Age of Genomics and Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Former Vice President of Taiwan and Human Rights Advocate, Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, to Deliver Lecture at UW on April 5
We were honored to host Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, Vice President of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008 and current president of Taiwan Alliance for Green 21. Madam Lu delivered a lecture entitled “A New Perspective on the Asia Pacific" at UW on Friday, April 5, at the Burke Room inside the Burke Museum. In her talk, Madam Lu presented her proposal for resolving the military crisis over the Diaoyutai Island territory, claimed by Taiwan, Japan, and China, as well as highlight new strategies for improving foreign relations in the Asia-Pacific region.
The lecture was co-sponsored by the Asian Law Center, in honor of its 50th anniversary, and by the China Studies Program in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Madam Lu is a writer, politician, and antinuclear activist. A graduate of National Taiwan University, University of Illinois, and Harvard University, Lu rose to prominence as the founder of feminist movement in Taiwan. Later, she became a leader in an opposition movement calling for democracy and an end to the Kuomintang authoritarian rule. On December 10, 1979, she delivered a speech at an International Human Rights Day rally (known as the “Kaohsiung Incident”), and charged with “violent sedition” and sentenced to prison by a military court. Lu was released in 1985 after 1,933 days of imprisonment. In 1993, Lu was elected as a member of Taiwan’s national parliament and in 1997 she was elected as the Magistrate of Taoyuan County. In 2000, she was elected the first female Vice President. In 2004, she was re-elected after being struck by a bullet on the eve of the election. After her retirement in 2008, Lu established the International Federation of Business and Professional Women-Taiwan. She is currently involved in two national campaigns: the “Less Meat, Less Heat” Campaign to combat climate change and a movement to halt construction of Taiwan’s 4th Nuclear Power Plant.
Jeffrey Riedinger, UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Brings Wealth of Expertise in Asia
Jeffrey Riedinger (J.D. '80), professor and dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU), has been named vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington. The UW Office of Global Affairs oversees the university's multiple activities in the global arena including study abroad, exchanges for students and faculty with universities in other countries, and support for international research and centers the UW has established abroad.
Riedinger was also appointed faculty with the UW School of Law. An expert on the political economy of land reform and sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, he has conducted research in East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, the Middle East and South Asia. One ongoing project involves colleagues from the UW, universities in Beijing and Landesa conducting surveys of China's rural families to provide evidence-based recommendations to the Chinese government to enhance long-term land-use rights for farmers. Riedinger has also conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress and their staff, World Bank, non-governmental organizations and private foundations.
Professors Dongsheng Zang and Jane Winn present at Peking University School of Law
Professors Dongsheng Zang and Jane Winn presented at Peking University School of Law in early December. Professor Winn addressed Law and Technology of Commerce in China: Consumer and Business Perspectives and Professor Zang presented The Reluctant Policy-maker: The Supreme People’s Court, State-led Innovation and the Doctrine of Equivalents in China.
Professor Jane Winn Presents on E-Payment Services in China and the UnionPay Case to the American Chamber of Commerce in China
On November 29, 2012, Professor Jane Winn presented to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in China(AmCham China). Last year a WTO panel ruled on a US-PRC electronic payment services dispute reagrding UnionPay, the dominant provider for clearing and settlement of RMB-denominated electronic payment services in China. Professor Winn shared her insights on the specific WTO provisions at issue, as well as highlighted larger issues such as using e-payment service providers as competing “national champions,” the public and private dimensions of global payment networks, and the emergence of a new global commercial law based on technical standards, contracts and harmonized business processes.
Festschrift Conferences in honor of Professor John Haley (Asian Law Center Director, 1974-2000))
During the 2012-13 Academic Year, the Asian Law Center will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary . We begin with two back-to-back October conferences in Seattle and in Tokyo honoring former Asian Law Center Director Professor John O. Haley.
UW School of Law and the Asian Law Center are pleased to honor Professor Haley by bringing together distinguished scholars and Asian Law Center alumni and friends to discuss current topics in Asian law and specifically law in Japan in two Festschrift Conferences entitled “Law in Japan and its Role in Asia: Between East and West”. The first conference will take place at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, on Friday October 19, 2012. Following a keynote address by Professor Haley, distinguished Asian Law scholars from around the world will discuss the role of courts in law in Japan and elsewhere in Asia, as well as current topics in Asian law ranging from environmental law in China to corporate finance and insolvency in Japan.
The following Monday, on October 22nd, Professor Haley, joined by UW School of Law Dean Kellye Testy, Associate Dean Pat Kuszler and Asian Law Center faculty and staff Jon Eddy, Toshiko Takenaka, Clark Lombardi, Dongsheng Zang, Jonathan Kang and Mie Murazumi will participate at a second conference co-hosted with Waseda University Faculty of Law in Tokyo. At Waseda, eminent academicians and members of the judicial bench and practicing bar will further expand on the role of courts in Asia, and particularly on judicialization in Asia.
Professor Haley is one of the nation's outstanding international and comparative law scholars and is widely credited with having popularized Japanese legal studies. In 1969, Haley received a fellowship from the University of Washington and was in one of the first classes to graduate from the Asian Law Program. After working for several years in law firms in Japan, he joined the law faculty at the University of Washington, where he remained for nearly 26 years, directing the Asian and Comparative Law Program from 1974 to 2000. Professor Haley’s numerous scholarly works span issues ranging from international trade policy and comparative law to Japanese land-use law, Japanese and East Asian business transactions, and Japanese law and contemporary society. On June 19, 2012, Professor Haley was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the discipline of Japanese law and education to Japanese legal professionals and academics.
Professor Jane Winn to present at the University of Hong Kong
Professor Winn will present a talk titled "The US-PRC UnionPay WTO Dispute: Bringing the Back Office Front & Center" on Oct. 5, 2012.
The WTO Panel ruling in favor of the US in the US-PRC Electronic Payment Services dispute became final in September 2012 when China declined to appeal. The dispute involved China’s policy of excluding foreign companies such as Visa and MasterCard from participating in the back office functions of clearing and settlement for electronic payment services in China. This presentation will consider the larger issues raised by the China UnionPay dispute and will highlight the degree to which private self-regulatory organizations have become de facto regulators in global markets, and how technological innovation and national cultures shape the strategic responses of different governments to those developments.
Ph.D. Candidate Amy Zhe Peng's Article Cited by the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
The Asian Law Center congratulates Amy Zhe Peng, Ph.D. candidate, on the publication of her article "A Panacea for Inequitable Conduct Problems or Kingsdown Version 2.0?" The article was cited by the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit in the case of Myspace, Inc. v. Graphon Corp.
East Asian Law Library Featured in FCIL Publication
Neel Kant Agrawal, a lawyer with the UW Law Librarianship Program, has published a feature article on the East Asian Law Department (EALD) of the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library. The article reviews the rich history and the circumstances that led to the development of EALD, which is well known and highly regarded for its wide-ranging collection of legal materials on China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The EALD supports the Law School’s long-standing research interest amongst faculty, students and staff in the legal systems of East Asia, as well as supports the needs and interests of patrons from the UW community, Seattle, Washington state, regional, national, and even international constituencies seeking information about the legal systems of East Asia.
"The rich history of EALD," writes Neel, "is a clear illustration of how law libraries have adopted to the globalization of the law and legal education." As research on East Asia continues to expand, EALD is uniquely positioned to advance critical discourse and foster long-lasting relations between key legal scholars in the U.S. and East Asia.
Professor Winn Leads ALC and LTA Collaborations in China and in India
UW Law's Asian Law Center and the Law Technology & Arts Group have been developing several technology and teaching methodology related initiatives in China and in India, facilitated by a gift from Microsoft. On November 28, 2011, Professor Jane Winn co-chaired a workshop on IPR Teaching Methods and Materials with Professor Zhang Guangliang of Renmin University School of Intellectual Property Law in Beijing. Earlier in November, Zhang spent 3 weeks in Seattle as a visiting scholar.
In February 2012 we host Dr. Qian Wang from the School of Intellectual Property at East China University of Political Science and Law, and Professor Shamnad Basheer from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciencesin Kolkata India is expected to visit UW Law for several weeks in April 2012.
In March 2012, Professor Winn will help run a workshop for Indian IPR law faculty on “Innovations in IPR Teaching Methods and Materials” that will be held at the National Law University in Delhi. In April 2012, Professors Winn and Dongsheng Zang will convene a workshop for IPR law faculty in China on “Teaching IPR in China using PRC Judicial Decisions.”
Spotlight on China Lecture Series
UW Law and the Asian Law Center hosted a week-long series of lectures highlighting law and policy issues in China:
On January 30, 2012, Professor Daniel Abramson from the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning, discussed transitional property rights in China. In his lecture entitled “Evolving Property Rights in China in Relation to the Politics of Urban Planning and Development” Professor Abramson examined planning law and property rights law in China as well as the way that China's cities are at once preserving their history and modernizing.
A February 3 lecture focused on China and the global crisis. Dr. Li Guo, Law School Professor and Assistant Dean at Peking University, presented a lecture entitled “A Tale of Two Countries: How China and the US are Weathering the Financial Crisis,” in which he doscussed the legal aspects of the current financial crisis as it relates to the United States and to China.
On February 6, our second Microsoft Visiting Scholar, Dr. Qian Wang from the School of Intellectual Property at East China University of Political Science and Law, discussed social media websites and copyright infringement in China. Dr. Wang, who served as an IP expert adviser for various government agencies and courts as well as for the amendment of PRC copyright law, focused on video sharing websites in China, many of which are infringing copyrights and have been the focus of several interesting judgments.
Dana Raigrodski and UW Women's Center Task Force Work to Prevent Human Trafficking
The UW Women’s Center has been involved in anti-trafficking work on a national and international scope for more than 15 years. Dana Raigrodski, Assistant Director of the Asian Law Center, is representing UW Law on the human trafficking task force. The task force’s work is a collaboration between all the stakeholders: academics, activists, NGOs, policy makers, and the business community. It focuses on the root causes of trafficking in the era of globalization and on researching and mapping the use of trafficked labor in addition to sex trafficking. The mission of the task force is to develop a better understanding of the ongoing field of trafficking and the industries that support it. To that end, Raigrodski is chairing the task force committee on continuing legal education, which is putting togtether a training on "Human Trafficking: Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility" for legal and business professionals on May 11, 2012. The task force will also convene an international conference on Human Trafficking on January 11-12, 2013.
Stan Barer (J.D. '63), Seattle Pioneer in U.S.-China Trade Relations, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award in Beijing
Stan Barer, Seattle pioneer in U.S.-China trade relations, received a prestigious lifetime achievement award in Beijing in December from the Western Returned Scholars Association, thirty two years after he played a key role in the beginning of ocean trade between China and the United States. Barer, 73, is considered a senior figure in the Seattle trade community who has for decades been at the center of developing business links between Washington and China. His 1979 legal interpretations cleared the way for U.S. cargo vessels to sail to Shanghai in May 1979, and that brought the Chinese vessel Liu Linhai to Seattle that June.
Visiting Scholar Dr. Guangliang Zhang Examines Intellectual Property Enforcement in China from the Perspective of International Companies
Dr. Guangliang Zhang, Associate Professor at Renmin University of China Law School and Visiting Scholar at UW Law, devoted his November 21st, 2011 Global Mondays Lecture to IP issues in China. He examined IPR enforcement through the experience of companies such as Apple and Schneider Electric, and offered insights for international companies involved in IPR litigation in China.
Professor Zhang, an expert on IP law, served as a judge and acting chief judge of the IP Tribunal at Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court from 1994 to 2007. He visited UW as part of the UW Law Microsoft China/India collaboration.
Dean Testy and Faculty Present at the 2nd East Asian Law and Society Conference
Dean Testy and several Asian Law Center faculty presented on diverse topics during the 2nd East Asian Law and Society Conference which took place at Yonsei University on September 30th and October 1st, 2011. Dear Testy presented on "The Promises and Perils of Shareholder Primacy" during a plenary session on law and markets in East Asia; Prof. Eddy and Prof. Taylor addressed global efforts to promote rule of law; Prof. Lombardi presented on "Judicial Discovery of Islamic Law in Asia"; and Prof. Kang examined law and morality on Korean jurisprudence. Michelle Kwon (Ph.D. Candidate) presented a paper examining the regulatory dynamics between the Suprme Court of Korea and the Korean Commercial Arbotration Board.
Professor Zang Presents at Tsinghua University Law School
Professor Zang gave a presentation at Tsinghua University Law School (Beijing) in a workshop hosted by the Environmental Law and Natural Resources Center on September 20, 2011. The workshop focused on "Regulation of China's Renewable Energy in the Context of Globalization."
Launch of Cape Town Convention Academic Project
Starting July 2011, the Asian Law Center is playing a key role in the Cape Town Convention Academic Project. UW Law has launched the Project, a joint undertaking with the University of Oxford Faculty of Law, to facilitate the study of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The Convention develops and harmonizes laws applicable to secured transactions involving high value equipment including aircraft, railway rolling stock, and satellites. It will have a major impact on Asia including in China, India and Singapore.
The Project includes the creation of a comprehensive database of materials on the convention, teaching materials to be used in law and business courses, and economic assessment of the convention. The database and journal are being established under the joint auspices of the Project and UNIDROIT.
Reference Librarian Trinie Thai-Parker Awarded Blakemore Freeman Fellowship to Study Mandarin Chinese at Tsinghua
Trinie Thai-Parker, a member of the Gallagher Law Library reference team, has been awarded a prestigious Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, which supports advanced level language study in an East or Southeast Asian country. She was selected for one of only 18 fellowships from a pool of 167 candidates. Trinie will be spending a year studying Mandarin Chinese at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies hosted by Tsinghua University. Trinie will also spend time in Beijing learning more about Chinese legal scholarship and publishing.
As the Blakemore Foundation noted, Trinie is exceptionally well qualified for this honor. Prior to joining the Gallagher Law Library, she spent four years as a foreign, international, and comparative law librarian at the Harvard Law School Library. While at Harvard, Trinie was seconded to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to assist in setting up its law library and provide research training and support to the Court. She has worked as an editor and translator at the Board of Foreign Trade, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan, and as a docent at Taiwan's National Palace Museum.
Chinese Judge Gao Zhiguo (LL.M. '87) Re-elected to UN Court for Law of Sea
Chinese judge (and LL.M. alumnus ’87) Gao Zhiguo was re-elected by an overwhelming majority as a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany) is the principal judicial body for law of the sea matters. Gao is the executive director of the China Institute for Maritime Affairs under the State Oceanic Administration.
UW Law to train Chinese IP Judges
UW School of Law to be education leader for Chinese IP judges. Prof. Toshiko Takenaka gave a comparative patent law talk at the Supreme People's Court of China on May 24, 2011. She discussed with Justice Xiangjun Kong, Director of Intellectual Property Tribunal, about collaborations between his court and UW Law, including a comparative IP law training for Chinese judges.
China Law Forum Connects Local Legal Practitioners and UW Students
The China Law Forum, convened by Professor Dongsheng Zang and the Asian Law Center, offers an opportunity for UW students to meet and hear from local legal practioners on a variety of current legal issues related to doing business in China.
Justice Kong Xiangjun of the Supreme People’s Court of China Discusses Intellectual Property Enforcement in China
UWLS was honored to host Justice Kong Xiangjun, Chief Judge of the Intellectual Property Tribunal (Tribunal No.3) of the Supreme People’s Court of China for a guest lecture in February 2011 on the recent progress in Chinese intellectual property enforcement.
Before joining the Intellectual Property Tribunal of SPC, Justice Kong, Ph.D. in Law, worked as an appellate court judge in Shandong Province, an official in China Industry and Commerce Administration, and as a judge in Administrative Law Tribunal of SPC. He is also a pioneer of legal studies in China and has been leading the drafting of several Intellectual Property related Judicial Interpretation. His extensive publications include books and articles in intellectual property law, civil and commercial law, corporation law, contracts, anti-competition, anti-trust, trade secret, WTO and legal theories. He is also an adjunct professor in top universities in China.
Prof. Zang Focuses on the Environment at a U.S.-China Commercial Relationship Policy Conference in Washington, DC
In December 2010, Prof. Dongsheng Zang joined leading experts for a policy conference held in Washington, DC, about the U.S. – China commercial relationship. The conference, convened by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. The forum provided attendees the opportunity to interact with senior Commerce Department officials and thought leaders on China’s economy, political landscape, trade networks, science and innovation policy, and environmental technologies as they examine the challenges in the U.S.-China relationship and policy options for addressing those challenges. Prof. Zang focused on the environmental sector, compared the development of clean energy technology in the U.S. and China and discussed areas for cooperation.
Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Police Power in China as Social Resource Theory
In October 2010, the Law School hosted Prof. Kam C. Wong from the Department of Criminal Justice, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Prof. Wong discussed a radically different theory of community policing: “Police power as social resource theory” (SRT), drawing upon Chinese political philosophy (“mass line”) and policing practice (“renmin jingcha”).
The SRT addresses three inter-related questions: Who are the police? What is the relationship of the police with the people? Why do people call the police? SRT (re)conceptualizes crime and police from the perspective of the people, not that of the state. From the people’s perspective crimes are personal problems, while problems are unmet expectations resulting from resource deficiencies and police are social resources make available to the people in solving their own problems. In terms of foundation SRT is a theory of the people, a theory of democratic governance, a theory of empowerment, and a theory of self-help.
A prolific scholar, Prof. Wong's recent books include The Impact of USA Patriot Act on American Society: An Evidence Based Assessment (N.Y.: Nova Science Publication, 2007), The Making of USA Patriot Act: Legislation, Implementation, Impact (Beijing: China Law Press, 2008) (in Chinese) and Chinese Policing: History and Reform (Peter Lang, 2009). He is now working on a book manuscript: “Police Reform in China” (Taylor and Francis, April 2011).
Rural China Legal Aid Project Coming to Successful Close
Our Empowering Rural Communities: Access to Justice in Rural China Project concluded in September 2010. Since 2007, the project has funded hundreds of new legal aid cases for rural citizens from Hunan, Inner Mongolia and Chongqing provinces and mentored and trained hundreds of local law students, lawyers, legal workers, judges and government officials. The project has also funded the first nationally available civil case Legal Aid Manual for China containing chapters on family law, personal injury law, labor law, land law and property law. Publication is expected later this year.
Wang Feiyue (VS '09) Promoted to Vice Dean of Zhongnan University Law School
The Asian Law Center congratulates Professor Wang Feiyue (Visiting Scholar '09) on his promotion to Vice Dean of Zhongnan University Law School. Dr. Wang specializes in criminal law and previously served as a judge in the Criminal Tribunal of the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court. As a Visitinbg Scholar at UWLS he conducted a comparative research of sentencing guidelines in the U.S. and in China.
Q.H. Charles Duan (LL.M. '90) Discusses Trade between Washington State and China
Q.H. Charles Duan (LL.M. '90), founder and managing partner of Duan & Duan in Shanghai, spoke to the Trade Development Alliance in Seattle and discussed trade and Chinese investment in Washington state. Opened as the first private law firm in China in 1992, Duan & Duan is now one of the most unique and well-known law firms in China. It is recognized as a pioneer and a leader in international legal services for both foreign companies entering China and PRC companies doing business abroad
Following his graduation from the University of Washington Law School LL.M. Program in Asian and Comparative Law, Charles became the first foreign-law consultant admitted by the Washington State Supreme Court. As managing partner at Duan & Duan in Shanghai, he has represented foreign and Chinese companies in some of the most high-profile cases of the past 15 years.
Duan, who is also a delegate to the People's Political Consultative Conference, a government advisory body, said he has been calling for more support for private companies in China, along with higher salaries and lower taxes to put more money into consumers' pockets and to stimulate demand.
Faculty Collaborations with Shandong University School of Law
UW Law has been collaborating with colleauges at Shandong University School of Law in Jinan City, Shandong Province, China. Both Professors Zang and Whiting visited the Law School, and in March 2010, Professor Dongsheng Zang gave a lecture entitled "China's Global Visions and Climate Change Negotiations" for students and faculty of Shandong Law School.
The Law School also hosted Professor Chi Deqiang as a Visiting Scholar during the 2009-2010 academic year, and in May 2010 we welcomed Law School Dean Qi Yanping during a brief visit to Seattle.
Professor Dongsheng Zang Presents "The Coming War with China on Carbon Tax?"
In May 2010, Professor Zang gave a talk to the UW International Legal Society entitled "The Coming War with China on Carbon Tax?". The talk addressed the the carbon tax under the WTO framework, the carbon tax and the Climate Bill in the United States and the resulting official response from China in recent months. Prof. Zang also discussed China's position on carbon tax at a Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, held at the University of Oregon School of Law back in February.
Professor Zang’s current work focuses on international trade law and a comparative study of Chinese law, specifically on the role of law and state in response to social transformation in China.
ACLS International Workshop: Access to Justice in Rural China
In May 2010, the American Council of Learned Societies provided supplemental funding for the China project team to host an international invitational workshop. Scholars from four continents came together at UWLS to evaluate our project and to discuss best practices in promoting legal aid in China in particular and legal technical assistance in general. The workshop featured assessments by team members of all aspects of the project, including the national policy environment, the role of mediation and courts at the grassroots, the impact of the project on participating students, the provision of legal aid and rural legal services, and the impact of the legal-aid awareness program on rural households.
Lecture: "Accounting for Growth in China"
In April 2010, Professor Loren Brandt from the Department of Economics in the University of Toronto University presented on sources of economic growth in China, during a lecture hosted by the UW Department of Political Science, Asian Law Center, and Department of Economics . Professor Brandt has done extensive research on rural land rights and local public finance with the China Center for Agricultural Policy at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
China has achieved impressive growth over the last three decades. However, there has been debate over the sources of the growth. Prof. Brandt's research found only a modest role for the labor reallocation and capital accumulation, and identifies rising TFP in the non-state nonagricultural sector as the key driver of growth. The much less efficient state sector, which continues to absorb more than half of all fixed investment, is a drag. Moreover, if capital had been allocated efficiently, China could have achieved the same growth performance without any increase in the rate of aggregate investment. This has important implications for China as it tries to rebalance its growth.
Professor Roy Prosterman Shares Key Findings From Landesa's Nationwide Survey on Farmers' Land Rights in China
In February 2010, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) hosted Professor Roy Prosterman, Founder and Chair Emeritus of Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) and the UW School of Law LL.M. Program in Sustainable International Development, for a presentation entitled "Unleashing the Production and Consumption Power of China's 750 Million Rural Poor." Prof. Prosterman shared key findings of RDI's 2008 nationwide survey on farmers' land rights and the implications for China's future, arguing that providing secure land rights to China's rural population would provide a foundation for broad-based development and counter the global economic crisis by stimulating domestic consumption and production. The results of the survey were published in the NBR Special Report “Secure Land Rights as a Foundation for Broad-Based Rural Development in China” available at http://www.rdiland.org/PDF/PDF_Publications/2009_RDI_NBR_China_Survey.pdf
RDI recently received a $2.1 million donation, the largest gift it has ever received from an individual donor, for its work in rural China and in support of women's land rights. The three-year grant came from a philanthropist based in Asia will allow RDI to continue field research, policy work and program implementation in China and will help expand RDI's new Global Center for Women's Land Rights.
Jingjing Zhang delivers 2009 Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture: "Law and the Environmental Movement in China"
In May 2009, Jingjing Zhang, the Litigation Director of the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims in China and one of China's leading public interest lawyers, delievered the 2009 Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture entitled "Law and the Environmental Movement in China." Zhang, an outspoken environmental advocate, represents pollution victims in law suits and promotes public participation by helping communities organize public hearings on environmental rights and licensing processes. She has won milestone cases in the Chinese courts, including the first successful environmental class action suit in China, against a chemical company that discharged toxic substances in Fujian Province. Zhang also participated in a landmark suit against the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning and the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau; after the first-ever public hearing related to environment issues, she represented the community to sue the two government agencies.
Professor Dongsheng Zang Delivers Symposium Lunch Address on China’s Environmental Footprint in Africa
On April 16, 2009, Professor Zang delivered the lunch address at a symposium on Environmental Justice and Governance: African Perspectives in the Neo-Liberal Era. Professor Zang offered a critical analysis of China’s Environmental Footprint in Africa.
The symposium, hosted by the African Studies Program of the Jackson School of International Studies in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Washington, the Graduate School, the Program on the Environment, the University of Washington School of Law and the Asian Law Center, explored the inter-relations between the environment, peace, development, and legal and political governance technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Interdisciplinary panels will address environmental governance, democratic participation, and economic development in African countries.
Prof. Zang Explores China's Labor Relations
In March 2009, Professor Zang was invited to present on "New Developmental State and the Politics of Law in China's Labor Relations," at a conference entitled "Regional Powers, New Developmental States, and Global Governance: BRICSA in the New World Order," sponsored by Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
International Law and Regulatory Change Workshop: New Models for Japan and China
This public workshop, held at the University of Washington School of Law in January 2009, brought together Japan and China specialists to assess the role of international law and regulatory change in shaping the continuing economic transformation of these two Asian countries. The workshop featured case studies by Professors Saadia Pekkanen (Jackson School / ALC), Jane Winn, Dongsheng Zang and Veronica Taylor and commentary by leading international trade specialists Professor Henry Gao (Hong Kong U / NUS) and Amelia Porges (Sidley Austin, DC). The workshop was co-sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law Asian Law Center, University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies Japan Studies and China Studies Programs, University of Washington Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professorship, and The American Society of Law - International Economic Law Interest Group.
Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: The Changing Notion of Citizenship in China
On October 2, 2008, Eminent Prof. Zhang Jing of Peking University discussed her ongoing research on rapidly changing popular conceptions of justice in China and the changing notion of citizenship, focusing on three Chinese criminal law cases and the social discourse around them. The three cases show a historical development over the last several decades in China: a 1968 case during the Cultural Revolution, a 1979 case shortly afterward, and a 2005 case showing contemporary Chinese society. By comparing the social discourse around the three cases, Professor Zhang argues that there is an emerging notion of "citizenship" in contemporary Chinese society.
Professor Zhang is Professor of Sociology at Peking University, and a senior research fellow at the Peking University Center for Civil Society Studies. She is among a very small handful of social scientists in China conducting empirical socio-legal research on civil society, legal mobilization, citizenship, and inequality in urban and rural China. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2003-4 she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Fairbank Center.
Center Hosts a Study Tour for Hunan Province Delegation
In October 2008, the Center, in collaboration with the University of Washington Office of the Provost, hosted an Open Government Information observation study tour for a delegation of 12 provincial and local officials from Hunan Province. Members of the delegation are involved in the establishment and implementation of Hunan Province’s open government system. The study tour was conducted by The Asia Foundation, in partnership with Hunan's Legislative Affairs Office.
Professors Zang, Whiting and Schumacher presented an overview of U.S. models of legal aid and clinical legal education. The delegation also met with counterparts at the Washington state, county, and city levels to gain an understanding of the elements of open government systems.
J. H. Jerry Zhu Awarded 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award
At the 2008 Alumni Recognition Banquet, the Law School presented Mr. J.H. Jerry Zhu (LL.M in Asian and Comparative Law 1982) with the 2008 Distinguished Alumni award in recognition of his civic, professional, and community service. In 1987, Zhu became the first Washington state bar member from mainland China, and three years later, the first Chinese national to make partner at a major American law firm. In 1994, Zhu opened the Shanghai office of Davis Wright Tremaine—the first American law firm allowed to establish a presence in Shanghai. AS an affiliate professor, Zhu taught Chinese law at the UW School of Law for nine years.
Mina Titi Liu Named 2007-08 Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law
In 2007, we welcomed to the Center Mina Titi Liu, formerly the Ford Foundation’s Law and Rights program officer in Beijing, China. Her research and teaching have focused on Chinese law and society, comparative criminal procedure and public interest law. At the Law School Ms. Liu co-taught “Law in Modern Chinese Society” with Professor Dongsheng Zang. Her public lecture as Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law, on International Disability Lawyering and Advocacy, was part of the groundbreaking international disability human rights symposium: “Framing Legal and Human Rights Strategies for Change: A Case Study of Disability Rights in Asia,” held at the Law School in April, 2008, which she has co-organized with Professors Paul Steven Miller and Veronica Taylor.
Fulbright Fellowship to Research in China Awarded to Professor Jane Winn
Professor Winn was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to spend the summer in 2008 in China researching the impact of information technology (IT) and globalization on commercial law with Song Yuping, a lecturer in law at Henan University of Technology (China). Song, a Visiting Scholar in 2005-06, and Winn will compare developments in commercial law in China to those in the United States and European Union. They have a co-authored an article titled, Can China Promote Electronic Commerce Through Law Reform? Some Preliminary Case Study Evidence.
Center Faculty Participate in UW China Initiative
Since 2006, Professors Taylor, Zang and Raigrodski have been working with the UW Global Affairs China team charged with examining opportunities for UW to establish a presence in China. Professors Zang and Raigrodski were part of the team coordinating the visit of Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong to the UW campus on August 22, 2007. During his visit to UW, Ambassador Zhou spoke to students, faculty and administrators about trade and economic cooperation. That same morning, UW President Mark Emmert announced the opening of UW’s new office in Beijing.
UWLS — HKU Partnership Formalized
In October 2006, Professor Taylor and Dean Knight made a reciprocal visit to our colleagues, Dean Johannes M.M Chan and Professor Hualing Fu at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, who visited with us at the UW in 2006. In 2007 the two schools formally partnered to exchange students and faculty and further collaborate on joint research projects. Professors Fu, Taylor and Whiting are now leading a three-year project to provide legal aid and enhance the rule of law in rural China. The project combines UW and HKU expertise in Chinese law, clinical legal instruction, and developmental assistance.
Empowering Rural Communities: Legal Aid and the Rule of Law in Rural China
In late 2006 The Asian Law Center was awarded a grant from for a three-year project to help promote and improve access to justice in rural China. The project, titled "Empowering Rural Communities: Legal Aid and the Rule of Law in Rural China", promotes immediate access to law for citizens in three of China’s poorest provinces, as well evaluate the country's current legal aid services. As part of the project, up to 100 Chinese county legal aid lawyers and law student interns will received training.
Professor Taylor and UW Political Science Professor Susan Whiting are the lead faculty and Professor Zang serves as the country expert for the project, begining January 2007. The on-site partners include the national law schools in Hunan and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR), some of the most under-resourced provinces of China, and the National Legal Aid Center, Justice Ministry (Beijing).
Professor Hualing Fu Named 2005-06 Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law
Generous support from the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer enables us to bring outstanding Asian Law scholars to the Law School each year. In 2006 we welcomed Professor Hualing Fu, Director of the Center for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Professor Fu taught “Human Rights Law in China” and engaged in the Center’s research program during Winter and Spring, 2006. In April 2006, Dr. Fu addressed friends and colleagues from Garvey Schubert Barer, the UW Law School, and the community in his lecture “The Myth of Prosecuted Lawyers: China's Relationship with Criminal Defense Attorneys”.