Asian Law Center

Countries in Focus - Thailand

UW Faculty Travel to Bangkok and Tokyo For Seminars, December 2 & 4.

On December 2, 2013, UW Law, Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law, and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) hosted the “IP Policy and Technology Transfer Practice” seminar at Chulalongkorn University. Experts from Japan, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Russia spoke on topics such as international contracts, health law, taxation law, and TRIPS. Speakers included Prof. Sakda Thanitcul of Chulalongkorn (LLM '93; PhD '97), Prof. Toshiko Takenaka (UWLS, CASRIP director), Prof. Dan Laster (UWLS & PATH), Prof. Shamnad Basheer of National University of Juridical Sciences, India (UW Visiting Scholar 2012), Associate Dean Patricia Kuszler (UWLS), and Prof. Don S. Zang (UWLS, Asian Law Center Director).

On December 4, 2013, UW Law and Tokyo Medical Dental University co-hosted a seminar on "Globalization of Medical Science Industry and Technology Transfer Strategies." Topics  included: Licensing Genetic Material, Intellectual Property Issue in Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Technology Transfer System in Russia, and Training Licensing Specialists and Additional Values in Studying Abroad.

UW Law Welcomes Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students for the 2013-14 Academic Year

3 ALC LLM Students

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. 

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.

Dana Raigrodski and UW Women's Center Task Force Work to Prevent Human Trafficking

Dana Raigrodski

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.

Ma. Zaida Fresnido (LL.M. 2010) LL.M Paper on Trafficking in Persons Accepted to Two International Conferences

The Asian Law Center congratulates Ma. Zaida Fresnido (LL.M. 2010) on the acceptance of her LL.M paper entitled "A Comparative Analysis of the Philippine and Malaysian Legal Systems Against Trafficking in Persons" for presentation in two international conferences. The paper was accepted for presenation at the First International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD) scheduled to take place in Bagkok, Thailand in May 2011, and at the The 13th conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration scheduled to take place in Kampala, Uganda in July 2011.

Congratulations to Dr. Kanaphon Chanhom on Completing the Asian and Comparative Law Ph.D. Program

Kanaphon Chanhom

The Law School and the Asian Law Center congratulate Dr. Kanaphon Chanhom ((LL.M. ‘06, Ph.D. ’10)  on completing his Ph.D studies. Kanaphon’s dissertation is titled ‘Codification in Thailand during the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Study of the Causes, Process and Consequences of Drafting the Penal Code of 1908.’

Dr. Chanhom is a law lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, teaching Thai Legal History and Criminal Law. He has been instrumental in expanding the formal collaboration between the UW Law School and the Faculty of Law at Chulalongkorn.

Sakda Thanitcul (LL.M. '93, Ph.D. '97) Appointed Dean of Law at Chulalongkorn University

The Asian Law Center warmly congratulates Associate Professor Sakda Thanitcul (LL.M. '93, Ph.D. '97) for his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Law at Chulalongkorn University. Dean Thanitcul took office is September 2009 and we look forward to further working with him and colleauges at Chulalongkorn, a partner law school with the UW School of Law.

Dr. Orakanoke Phanraksa (LL.M. '00, Ph.D. '05) Continues to Advance Technology Transfer in Thailand

Dr. Orakanoke Phanraksa

Following completion of the Ph.D. program in 2005, Dr. Orakanoke Phanraksa applies in practice the expertise she developed when writing her doctoral dissertation titled Uniformity of the Patent Policy in Technology Transfer in Thailand: To What Extent Can the Bayh-Dole Act Concept be Adapted for the Thai Technology Transfer System? Dr. Phanraksa returned to Thailand and continues to advance technology transfer in Thailand as a technical officer with the Technology Management Center of the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand. She is also working on an antitrust research project with another UW PhD alumnus, Prof. Sakda Thanitcul of Chulalongkorn University.

Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law and UWLS Formalize Relationship

Agreement with Chulalongkorn Law School

In October 2007, we welcomed Associate Dean Somrieng Mekkriengkrai and Professor Mattaya Jittirat of Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law to the UW Law School, when our two institutions executed an agreement to formalize our existing academic collaboration. The UW Law School graduated from our LL.M. and Ph.D. programs in Asian and Comparative Law several talented scholars from Chulalongkorn, including Dr. Sakda Thanitcul (LL.M. ’96, Ph.D. ’97) who directs Chulalongkorn’s LL.M. Program in International Business Law. Amongst our current Ph.D. cohort is Kanaphon Chanhom (LL.M. ’06), who served as a lecturer in Chulalongkorn─his Alma mater.

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