Asian Law Center


Global Business Law

The Asian Law Center attracts students and scholars from the U.S. and abroad who seek to connect with leading cutting-edge legal and business expertise in Seattle. We build on our expertise of established and emerging markets, development and rule of law, and Islamic law to offer a sophisticated understanding of legal and regulatory systems which legal professionals need in a complex world of global business, trade and investment.

The Asian Law Center is playing a key role in the Cape Town Convention Academic Project. UW Law has launched the Project in July 2011 as 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 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.

The Center’s teaching program has led innovation in courses such as International Contracting, taught by experienced international practitioners Professors Chaffee and Guinee via real-time video links with the University of Tokyo, Japan. New courses address cutting edge issues for legal practitioners, such as climate regulation and IP law in India and China.

Center faculty maintain dynamic research agendas through extensive consulting for national and international agencies:

  • Professor Jonathan (Jon) Eddy continues to advise donor organizations and government agencies in Indonesia and the Arabian Gulf including USAID, AusAID and the US Department of Commerce.
  • Professor Jane Winn researches the impact of information technology and globalization on commercial law in China and India. She also presents to the e-commerce section of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), which is collecting information about different projects that might make up its work agenda for the next few years.
  • Professor Dongsheng Zang was amongst leading experts for a 2010 policy conference held in Washington, DC, about the U.S. – China commercial relationship. The conference, convened by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, focused on the challenges in the U.S.-China relationship and policy options for addressing those challenges in relation to China’s economy, political landscape, trade networks, science and innovation policy, and environmental technologies.
  • Professor Anita Ramasastry also works in the Arabian Gulf and serves as the principal law reform advisor to the Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce and as a special advisor to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Geneva, to an expert panel that addresses corporate complicity in international human rights.
  • Assistant Director Alice Stokke did fieldwork in Vietnam as part of the Center’s report on Investment Protection in Vietnam for the 2007 World Bank Doing Business Report.

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