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VIETNAM: A Country Not a War

Ambassador Michalak

On May 4, 2015, Michael Michalak, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam spoke on Vietnam: A Country not a War.

Vietnam has come a long way from the Doi Moi (reform and opening) policies of the 1980’s. He addressed how Vietnam is integrating into the 21 Century global economy and preparing to be a leader in South East Asia. At the same time there are domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges which Hanoi must work on if it is to realize it full future potential within ASEAN and Global Society.

Ambassador Michalak retired from the Foreign Service at the end of 2011 after over 30 years of service. A career Foreign Service Officer with extensive knowledge and experience in Asia, was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam on August 10, 2007 and served there until March of 2011 when he took on the position of Special Advisor to the Private Sector Host committee for APEC 2011 USA.

Asian Law Lecture: China’s Rural Land Reform: An Old Issue for a New Leadership

Li Ping

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

Asian Law Lecture Series: Hate Speech Regulation in Japan

Prof. Shigenori Matsui

On April 7, 2015, Professor Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia School of Law) spoke on whether Japan should adopt legislation banning hate speech.

Although hate speech against Burakumin existed in the past, the Japanese government has been reluctant to enact a hate speech ban, or civil rights legislation granting administrative and civil remedies for private acts of discrimination. However, the escalation of hate speech by right-wing groups against resident Koreans has triggered a debate on this subject. Some members of the legislatures are pushing for a ban, and an increasing number of local assemblies are passing resolutions calling for national ban on hate speech. Professor Matsui explored the reasons behind the reluctance of the Japanese government to ban hate speech, what kind of ban should be introduced, and how it would stand up against “freedom-of-expression” challenges.

Asian Law Lecture: The Origins of Property Rights: from Monkeys to Modern Society

Professor Masanobu Kato

On February 20, 2015, Professor Masanobu Kato gave a lecture on the origins of property rights.  He is professor at Nagoya Gakuin University Faculty of Law and also Of Counsel at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.  He was here at the special invitation of UW President Michael Young.

Professor Masanobu Kato is considered to be one of Japan’s leading civil code scholars. His works in Product Liability, Torts, Unjust Enrichment and Financial Leasing Contracts are regarded as definitive treatises in Japan. In addition, he has authored books and articles in commercial law, civil procedure, international transactions, intellectual property, labor, administration, tax, environmental, American, and Chinese law. Professor Kato is also well known for authoring a series of five civil code textbooks entitled: “Contemporary Civil Code System of Japan," and is planning to release the sixth and final volume “Family Law.”

RACE, IMMIGRATION & CITIZENSHIP: Professor Robert Chang interviews Author Eric Liu

Eric Liu and Robert Chang

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.

Transpacific Conversation on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia: Recording Available

Two special panels were organized on Thursday, December 4th by Professor Clark Lombardi. These panels consisted of leading scholars in Asian comparative law who spoke on constitutional law issues in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
These  are now available at the above link with a UW NET ID.

Prof. Daniel Foote's Japan Law Lecture Available

Professor Daniel H. Foote's October 21 lecture is now available at the above link. 

Asian Law Lecture: South Korea-The World's Most Wired Nation: A Real-Life Case Study on Digital Rights and the Internet.

Sang Jo Jong

On November 25, 2014, Professor Sang Jo Jong (Seoul National University; UW Law Visiting Professor & Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law) gave a lecture for the Asian Law Center.

South Korea is the world leader in Internet connectivity with the world's fastest average internet connection speed. But because its cyberspace is very active and developed, Korea has struggled to determine what distinguishes cyberspace from the off-line world. Join us as Professor Jong discusses his real-life case study on censorship, personal information & privacy concerns, and other issues facing Korea which may have implications for other nations as well.

Professor Jong was visiting UW Law during Autumn Quarter 2014 and taught Comparative Korean Law. Professor Jong graduated from Seoul National University and also studied at the London School of Economics, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1991.

Asian Law Lecture: Charlene Barshefsky

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 Center Fall Welcome & Reception

The Asian Law Center held its Fall Welcome Reception and announced its Autumn schedule of lectures, the second year of the Asian Law Lecture Series.

Dr. Hilary Soderland & Director Don S. Zang Visit Taiwan

Dongsheng Zang

In March 2014, Dr. Hilary Soderland, Ph.D. program director and Asian Law Center Director Don S. Zang visited Taiwan.  Dr. Soderland, met with seven Ph.D. alumni in Taipei to receive their input and feedback. Professor Zang taught "Law and Society in Modern China" at National Taiwan University for the 2014 Spring Semester.

Asian Law Lecture Series: Professor Qi Zhang's Lecture Now Available

Professor Qi Zhang's February 5 lecture is now available through the above link. Please log in with your UW Net ID.



President Michael Young's Asian Law Lecture Now Available

President Young's lecture on "Japanese Attitudes Towards Contracts: An Empirical Wrinkle in the Debate" is now available at the above link.

Sustainable International Development Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Prof. Prosterman

On February 6, 2014, the University of Washington School of Law’s Sustainable International Development Law program celebrated its 20 year anniversary , looking back at what was accomplished and looking forward to where the innovative program is heading. Professor Roy Prosterman, who founded the SID Program, was honored at the event.  UW Law was also pleased to welcome back Yoichi Shio (c/o '04, SID LLM) for the event. Mr. Shio is the Director, Law and Justice Division, Governance Group, of Japan International Cooperation Department (JICA).

Asian Law Lecture Series: Professor Qi Zhang

Prof. 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

President 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.

LLM Students Participate in Career Workshops

On October 23, 2013, Professional Development Coach, Amy Kosterlitz (J.D., P.C.C.) gave LL.M. students advice on identifying their strengths, drafting compelling cover letters, and networking with employers.

Colleen Yamaguchi (JD, MBA) Leadership & Professional Development Coach, also met with LL.M. students on November 22. She spoke on "Cross-Cultural Dynamics in the Art of Connecting," to provide tips on how international students can become comfortable and accustomed to networking in an effective and polite manner.


Professor John Haley Lecture Available

On November 26, Professor John Haley's November 26 lecture is now available at the above link. Please log in with your UW Net ID to view the video.

Dr. Teilee Kuong's Lecture Now Available

On November 21, Dr. Teliee Kuong's November 21 lecture recording is now available at the above link. Please log in with your UW Net ID to view the video.

Asian Law Lecture: Prof. John O. Haley on "The Village Paradigm: Is It Still Viable?" 11/26 at 3:30 p.m.

John Haley

On November 26, 2013, Professor John O. Haley gave a lecture titled The Village Paradigm: Is It Still Viable? In Authority without Power: Law and the Japanese Paradox (1991), Prof. Haley reintroduced the notion of the Japanese village, but raised the question whether the village paradigm remains viable given recent political, economic, and legal change.

Professor John O. Haley served as Director of the Asian Law Center from 1974 to 2000. He is one of the nation's outstanding international and comparative law scholars. In 2012 Professor Haley was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun (3rd Class) from the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the discipline of Japanese law and education to Japanese legal professionals and academics.

Professor Tom Schoenbaum's Asian Law Lecture Video Now Available

Professor Tom Schoenbaum's September 26, lecture recording is now available at the above link. Please log in with your UW Net ID to view the video.

Rule of Law and Constitutionalism in Myanmar within the ASEAN Context, 11/21/13 at 3:30 p.m., William H. Gates Hall, Rm. 447

The Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, Asian Law Center, and UW Law Global Affairs welcomed Dr. Teilee Kuong as he presented preliminary findings of a three-year research project into Myanmar’s constitutional turn to democracy and the rule of law since 2008. Dr. Kuong is an Associate Professor at Nagoya University Center for Asian Legal Exchange, Japan.

The presentation touch upon : (1) The nature of constitutional reform in 2008; (2) the characteristics of the Constitutional Tribunal created under the 2008 Constitution; and, (3) Promising development of the democratic game and some ongoing challenges to the current process of constitutionalizing the rule of law in Myanmar. The speaker compared the Myanmar Constitutional Tribunal to the Constitutional Council of Cambodia and constitutionality review bodies in other Southeast Asian countries. The third sub-topic was discussed based on the speaker’s personal analysis, comparing Myanmar's situation, to that of its neighboring countries. 

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.

Consul General Young-wan Song Speaks at Global Mondays.

Song, Young-Wan

On November 18th, 2013, the Korean American Law Student Association, Asian Law Center and UW Law Global Affairs hosted Young-wan Song, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle as part of the "Global Mondays" Lecture Series.

Mr. Song, who has served as a member of the UN Sanction Panel on North Korea, spoke on the topic of “Two Koreas and the United States” regarding legal and diplomatic issues in the Korean Peninsula. The lecture outlined the legal aspects and effects of bilateral and international efforts for the denuclearization of North Korea, focusing on sanctions on North Korea imposed by the U.N. Security Council.

Spotlight on China Week at UW Law, November 12-15.

Prof. Zhu Jingwen

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.

UW Hosts Study Tour for Seven Deans from Law and Shari’a Faculties Representing Seven Universities in Afghanistan

The University of Washington School of Law’s Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (LESPA), hosted a study tour for seven deans from Law and Shari’a faculties representing seven universities in Afghanistan. For most participants, this was their first trip to the United States. At UW the group observed classes and met with law school faculty, attended presentations highlighting institutional development, and visited the Tulalip Tribal Court to observe the Law School’s Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic. The group also traveled to New York and Washington DC for meetings at the United Nations, the Embassy of Afghanistan, US government officials, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.

Funded by the US Department of State-INL, LESPA has worked to support legal education in Afghanistan since 2004. In addition to hosting Visiting Scholars, LLM and PhD students from Afghanistan at the Law School, LESPA runs many programs in Afghanistan through its Kabul office. LESPA is currently working with 25 Law and Shari’a faculties at 17 universities throughout Afghanistan and is currently funded into 2017.

WSBA International Practice Section Hosts The 2013 Foreign Lawyers Reception


The annual Foreign Lawyers Reception was held at the law offices of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP on November 5, 2013. The Foreign Lawyers Reception is organized by the International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association  as a meeting point for international law students and local attorneys.

Deans Naoya Katayama & Hajime Yamamoto Visit UW Law; Sign MOU; Deliver Asian Law Lecture


On Monday, October 28th, 2013, UW Law was honored to host Dean Naoya Katayama,  Vice-Dean Hajime Yamamoto, and Professor Gerald McAlinn from Keio University Law School (Tokyo). First the Keio Deans visited Dean Kellye Testy, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Keio and UW Law. UW Law is pleased to strengthen its ties to Keio Law and looks forward to future collaborations. 

In the afternoon, Vice-Dean Yamamoto delivered a lecture on "Modernity and its problématique for Japanese Constitutional Theory," covering a broad range of issues that have faced Japan since it began modernizing during the Meiji Revolution and adopting some, but not all, ideas behind Western constitutionalism. Because the current ruling conservative party in Japan wants to revise the 1945 constitution, Vice-Dean Yamamoto stressed that  human rights and respect for individual autonomy must be made paramount in any reconstruction of the constitution.

Mr. Benjamin Aritao Jr., SID LLM 2014, On "Providing Livelihood to Human Trafficking Survivors."

Global Mondays Logo

On October 28, 2013, we heard from two speakers about their advocacy initiatives on behalf of women.

"Providing Livelihood to Human Trafficking Survivors"
Mr. Benjamin Aritao Jr., Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development

Two years into practice, Benj, his brother and two friends put up a social business called “The Paper Project, Inc.” (TPPI). TPPI provides livelihood to women escaping prostitution and human trafficking in the Philippines. TPPI enjoyed tremendous success as a business and is giving decent work to a growing number of women who are otherwise not qualified for any employment available from the general job market.  

"Empowering Refugee Women in South Africa"
Mary Tal, iLeap Fellow

Mary  is the Founder and Project Director of Whole World Women Association, a non-profit organization in South Africa that unites refugee women in a support group that struggles for equality and justices. Mary is dedicated to raising awareness and making social change for women, especially refugee women.

Mie Murazumi, Associate Director, Visits Tokyo & Taipei Alumni.

Mie Murazumi

Mie Murazumi, Associate Director of the Asian Law Center, JD c/o '01, visited Tokyo and Taipei on October 8-16, 2013. Her visit was a follow-up to the 2012 visit, in which she was accompanied by Associate Dean Pat Kuszler.

In Tokyo, Mrs. Murazumi met with ALC alumni in several of Japan's top firms, and also spoke to interested associates about the LL.M. programs at UW Law.

While in Taipei, Mrs. Murazumi met with students at National Taiwan University. She was also pleased to be able to reunite with our Ph.D. alumni who are working in universities and law firms.

Our staff and faculty travel worldwide on a regular basis.

Yoshimochi Taniguchi, ALC LLM 2012, Publishes Article in The Richmond Journal of Global Law & Business

Mr. Yoshimochi Taniguchi

Mr. Yoshimochi Taniguchi, who graduated from the Asian & Comparative Law LL.M. program in June 2012, has published an article in the University of Richmond's Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business. The article is titled "Deepening Confidence in the Application of CISG to the Sales Agreements Between the United States and Japanese Companies" and is a revised version of Mr. Taniguchi's LL.M. paper, which was supervised by Dr. Dana Raigrodski.

The paper is available in the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, Spring 2013 (Vol. 12, No. 2). It is also accessible as a free PDF through the above link.

John Haley's Festschrift Addresses Available Through Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

John Haley

On October 19, 2012, the Asian Law Center and UW School of Law were very honored to host the John Haley Festschrift Conference in Seattle. Then UW faculty traveled to Tokyo in order to attend the second festschrift conference hosted by the University of Waseda on October 22, 2012.

Professor John Haley delivered addresses at each conference. These addresses are now available in the June 2013 (Vol. 22, No. 3) issue of The Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal. The first address is a retrospective on the Asian Law Center, and the second is on the topic of The Role of Courts in "Making" Law in Japan: The Communitarian Conservatism of Japanese Judges.

If you would like to view these articles, please visit the PacRim website. The Asian Law Center thanks the PacRim editorial staff for their outstanding work.

Students Attend the Second LLM Job Search Strategies Workshop

Students in Classroom

On October 18, 2013, over fifty LL.M. students took part in the second "LL.M. Job Search Strategies Workshop" offered by the The Center for Professional and Leadership Development (CPLD) at UW Law.  With guidance from CPLD coaches, the students practiced writing cover letters, explored online job search tools, and learned about the importance of deepening their relationship building for networking purposes.

During the first workshop on October 4, the students worked on revising their resumes, worked on their "elevator speeches," and also learned about the Symplicity program.These workshops are only one of many great opportunities available to our LL.M. students. 

Professor Tay-Sheng Wang Delivers the Second Lecture in the Asian Law Lecture Series

Professor Wang

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.

ALC Welcomes Professors John Haley, Tom Schoenbaum, and Tay-Sheng Wang

Profs. Rombauer, Haley, Wang, Schoenbaum

On October 11, 2013, the Asian Law Center held a reception to welcome back Professor John Haley, former director of the ALC, Visiting Professor Schoenbaum, and Professor Tay-Sheng Wang, recipient of the ALC 50th Anniversary Life-Time Achievement Award.  

The Asian Law Center and the Pacific Rim Journal Students Co-Host Student Mixer

PacRim Logo

On October 4, 2013, the Asian Law Center (ALC) and the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal hosted their annual LLM & JD student mixer.  Fifty-seven students (an equal balance of LLMs and JDs) enjoyed Vietnamese cuisine as they discussed their unique legal backgrounds and interests.

Professor Tom Schoenbaum Gives Asian Law Lecture

Schoenbaum 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

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. 

Record Number of LLM Students and Visiting Scholars Complete the Summer Institute in Transnational Law & Practice.

Transnational Group

On September 13,  2013, over 60 incoming LLM and Visiting Scholars successfully completed the annual, intensive two-week Summer Institute in Transnational Law & Practice, a program specifically designed to introduce international law students and attorneys to the structure, culture and thinking of the American Legal System.

Participants of the program received a foundation in three areas--Introduction to the American Legal System and Practice, Legal Skills and Methodology, and Legal English. Sample topics include the U.S. Constitution; branches of government and sources of law; criminal and civil court systems and procedures; alternative dispute resolution; the common law system and introduction to contracts, property and torts; how to read and brief case law; and persuasive legal writing and argumentation.

Asian Law Center Celebrates Milestone 50th Anniversary

ALC 50th Logo

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.

Asian Law LL.M. Student, Wasima Badghisy, Selected to Carry Banner at 2013 UW Graduation

Wasima Badghisy

Each year, UW chooses four graduate students who exemplify excellence in learning, teaching, mentoring and/or research to carry the banner at commencement. This year, Wasima Badghisy, a 2013 graduate of the Asian Law LL.M. program at the UW School of Law was chosen as one of the four.

Ms. Badghisy is an instructor on the faculty of Law and Political Science at Herat University in Afghanistan. Prof. Badghisy is the first woman from post-Taliban Afghanistan to earn an LL.M. degree from a major U.S. law school. She is a participant in the University of Washington School of Law’s Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (UW-LESPA) which has delivered capacity-building programs for Law and Shari’a faculties at universities throughout Afghanistan since 2005.

After graduation, Prof. Badghisy intends to return to Herat University and resume teaching.

Asian Law Center Congratulates The Class of 2013 LLM & PhD Graduates, & Visiting Scholars

ALC 2013 LLM Graduates

On June 5,  2013, the UW Law Graduate Programs held its annual 2013 LL.M. & Ph.D. Students & Visiting Scholars Recognition Event & Reception. Students in Asian & Comparative Law, Global Business Law, Sustainable International Development Law, Intellectual Property Law & Policy, Health Law, and the PhD in Law program were joined by their families and also the Visiting Scholars to celebrate their achievements, with class photos, awards, and speeches.

On Sunday, June 9th, the UW Law School Commencement Ceremony was held in Meany Hall. Over 100 LLM & PhD students took part in the ceremony with the JD class of 2013.

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

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

Madam Annette Lu Hsiu-lien

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.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Nimer Sultany Examines the Constitutionalization of Sharia in Post-Authoritarian Arab Regimes

On April 4th, 2013, we hosted a guest lecture by Dr. Nimer Sultany entitled “The Sharia Clause: Islamic Law, Democracy, and Constitutionalism in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring.” (Olson Room, Gowen Hall, 12 pm to 1:30 pm).  The lecture was co-sponsored by the Asian Law Center in honor of its 50th anniversary; the Law, Societies & Justice Program; the Middle East Center; the Program on Values in Society; and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell.

Dr. Sultany examined the constitutionalization of sharia in post-authoritarian Arab regimes, specifically in Egypt and Tunisia. A sharia clause would empower judges to review the validity of legislation on the basis of Islamic law. Thus it raises for the first time the potential counter-majoritarian effect of judicial intervention. Dr. Sultany advocated for a pragmatic, consequentialist-style analysis that takes into consideration prudential and normative arguments for or against the inclusion of sharia law in the emerging Arab constitutional orders. Ultimately, he argued that it is preferable to reject a sharia clause because enacting such a clause is more likely to produce bad effects, and concludes by calling for a Weberian consequences-driven ethics of responsibility.

Nimer Sultany is a post-doctoral fellow at the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo Law School. His current work examines the constitutionalization of religion in post-Arab Spring constitutionalism. He graduated from Harvard Law School's Doctor of Juridical Science (SJ.D.) program, where his doctoral work focused on progressive constitutional and political theory. He has law degrees from the College of Management (LLB), Tel Aviv University (LLM), and the University of Virginia (LLM). He worked as a human rights lawyer in Israel, and then headed the Political Monitoring Project at Mada al-Carmel - The Arab Center for Applied Social Research. His publications include: "The State of Progressive Constitutional Theory: The Paradox of Constitutional Democracy and the Project of Political Justification" (Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review); Citizens without Citizenship: Israel and the Palestinian Minority (Mada, 2003); 'The Legacy of Justice Aharon Barak: A Critical Review" (Harvard International Law Journal Online); and (with Nadim Rouhana) "Redrawing the Boundaries of Citizenship: Israel's New Hegemony" (Journal of Palestine Studies).

UW President Young Visits Asia

UW President Michael Young

UW President Michael K. Young will make his first international trip on behalf of the University.  The President’s three-city tour will begin in Taiwan March 28 and wrap up April 9 in Tokyo, with a stop in Seoul on April 3. He is looking forward to visiting with our many alumni and friends in Asia.

Congratulations to Soipan Tuya (SID LL.M. '10) on her Election to the Kenyan Parliament

Soipan Tuya ((SID LL.M. '10)

In the just concluded national elections, Soipan Tuya (SID LL.M. '10) was elected to the Kenyan parliament in a landslide victory.  Following her graduation from the LL.M. program in Sustainable International Development Law, Soipan has been serving as Landesa's land and gender specialist in Kenya as part of The World Justice Project.  Soipan worked with Landesa on a project to reform and revitalize customary law dispute resolution mechanisms among the Maasai community. Her victory in the elections confirms the project was a huge success.

Asian Law Center Welcomes Back Prof. Dan Foote During Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration

As part of the Asian Law Center's 50th Anniversary celebration this year, we welcomed back Professor Dan Foote for a reception and public lecture on March 7.  Prof. Foote's lecture, entitled "The Saiban’in System and Criminal Justice Reform in Japan,"
addressed the broad range of reforms to the criminal justice system in Japan with a special focus on the introduction and impact of the Saiban'in system.

Professor Foote (University of Tokyo; Affiliate Professor UW Law) served as the UW Law’s Dan Fenno Henderson Professor of East Asian Legal Studies from 1988 to 2000, specializing in Japanese Law.  He has served on numerous advisory committees for the Japanese government and the Japanese Association of Law Schools.  As an expert on U.S. and Japanese legal systems and education, Prof. Foote has been heavily involved in Japan’s introduction of U.S. style legal education, and has closely followed the criminal justice reforms, including the Saiban’in system, a lay participation system frequently referred to as the Japanese-style jury.

Professor Foote has been co-teaching a cutting edge course on international contracting, in which Tokyo University law students in Japan and UW Law students in Seattle negotiate and draft legal documents in a simulated cross-border business transaction.  Prof. Foote will return to UW Law as a Visiting Professor during the 2013-2014 academic year.

UW Law students participate at Waseda Law School’s 2013 Transnational Program on Gender Equality in Society

Elisabeth Smith (2L) and Lauren Guicheteau (3L) traveled to Tokyo to represent the University of Washington School of Law at the Waseda Law School’s 2013 Transnational Program on Gender Equality in Society, which took place March 4-8. Professors and students from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and the United States and spent a week engaged in cross-cultural communication on gender. The professors included Kyoko Ishida (Ph.D. '06), Waseda University; Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania; Ute Sacksofsky, Frankfurt University; Chao-ju Chen, National Taiwan University; Hyunah Yang, Seoul National University; and Cynthia Bowman, Cornell University.

At the end of the week the students participated in a presentation competition in which each group presented a policy recommendation to promote gender equality in society. These groups consisted of representatives from the various countries in order to further the participants' understanding of gender issues from a global perspective. Elisabeth Smith’s team, which was selected as the winner of the competition, wrote a model law on paid parental leave and public childcare, while Lauren Guicheteau's team discussed changing the Japanese Koseki system to reduce discrimination against women and LGBTQ individuals.

Anita Ramasastry Appointed New IHRB Senior Research Fellow

Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry, UW Law Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate LL.M. Program on the Law of Sustainable International Development, has been appointed as Senior Research Fellow of The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB).  Professor Ramasastry will be working with IHRB on projects spanning the areas of information and communication technology; trade and investment; and business activities in Myanmar.  Professor Ramasastry has been an active collaborator in past IHRB activities, including consultations regarding conflict, land, and the ICT sector, utilizing her vast experience in the field of business and armed conflict, as well as anti-corruption policies and practices.

Jeffrey Riedinger, UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Brings Wealth of Expertise in Asia

Jeffrey Riedinger, UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs

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.

IP Scholars from India Visit UW Law

In November 2012, the University of Washington School of Law featured three visiting professors from India. These professors spent a short research period at UW School of Law and in Seattle as part of a Microsoft-funded program. The three professors-- Dr. Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan from the University of Delhi, Yogesh Pai from National Law University in Mandore, India, and Abhinandan Bassi from Rajiv Gandhi National University in Punjab, India--spoke to the law school faculty at a special event. The general theme was Current Topics in Comparative IP Law: A View from India.

In January 2013, Dr. Srikrishna Deva Rao, Professor and Registrar at National Law University, Delhi, visited us as well for a brief research period.

Professor Anita Ramasastry presentes at the UN Human Rights Council’s Forum on Business and Human Rights

Professor Anita Ramasastry presented on December 4 and 5, 2012 at the UN Human Rights Council’s first annual Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. On December 3, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable held a launch event for a report titled Human Rights Due Diligence – What States Can Do, co-authored by Professor Ramasastry and Professor Olivier de Schutter, a leading European human rights professor.

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.

UW School of Law and National Taiwan University School of Law Co-host Graduate Student Research Workshop in Seattle

UW School of Law successfully hosted a graduate student research workshop on November 15th with National Taiwan University (NTU) School of Law. Three graduate students from NTU and three students from UW School of Law presented their papers, which were then commented by faculty members from both schools. Dean Shieh Ming-Yan led a group of four faculty members and students from NTU visited UW on NOvember 14 and 15. Dean Shieh met with Dean Kellye Y. Testy and the two deans renewed a cooperation agreement between the two law schools. The day-long student presentations event was the first this kind in recent years. UW Professors Kathryn Watts, Mary D. Fan, Jonathan Kang and Clark Lombardi, Don S. Zang and Dr. Dana Raigrodski attended the students presentations and commented on the papers. UW students Jessica Montgomery (J.D./LLM), Linda Yanti Sulistiawati (PhD Candidate) and Tau-Chou Paul Chang (PhD Candidate) presented their papers. Students on both sides enjoyed the engaging comments and substantive discussions. The event was led by Professor Don S. Zang, Director of Chinese Legal Studies and Dr. Dana Raigrodski.

Japan's newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun features the Work of IPNW on Post-Conviction DNA Testing Leading to Exonoration

Yoshiomi Morishita, a news reporter at The Yomiuri Shimbun, the Japaneses newspaper credited with having the largest newspaper circulation in the world, wrote an editorial featuring the work of the Innocence Project Northwest, University of Washington School of Law (IPNW) on post-conviction DNA testing leading to exonoration.

Mr. Morishita visited the law school to interview Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie, IPNW Director, and law clinic members Anna Tolin, Lara Zarowsky and law student Brian Ferrasci-O'Malley. Mr. Morishita also went to Yakima to interview IPNW client Ted Bradford.  Mr. Morishita’s story appeared in The Yomiuri Shimbun on November 6, 2012, in conjunction with the Tokyo High Court’s November 7th decision in the Mainali case. Mr. Mainali is likely to have his 1997 murder conviction overturned on the basis of post-conviction DNA testing. The prosecutors have conceded that Mr. Mainali is not guilty.

The connection to The Yomiuri Shimbun was brought about through Professor Kana Sasakura of the Faculty of Law at Konan University, who was a visiting scholar at the law school last year. She worked with IPNW throughout the year and was a tremendous asset to the IPNW. Kana hopes to start an innocence project in Japan.

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.

David E. Merrell (LL.M. '09, Ph.D. expected 2013) Wins Honorable Mention in the Religious Freedom Writing Competition

David Merrell

David E. Merrell (LL.M '09) won an Honorable Mention for his paper submitted to the 3rd Annual Religious Freedom Student Writing Competition sponsored by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. The paper stems from David's entry on “Central Asia," published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law, edited by Jonathan Brown. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. David also co-authored with John Schoeberlein an additional entry entitled “Islam and Politics in Central Asia and the Caucasus,” forthcoming in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics, edited by Emad Shahin. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012.

David is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Asian and Comparative Law at the UW School of Law, focusing his research on community-based dispute resolution methods in Central Asia, including Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Law School he was a practicing attorney specializing in construction law and business transactions, and also taught comparative law as a Fulbright Scholar in the Kyrgyz Republic and construction law as visiting professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Asian Law Center Hosts Professor Shamnad Basheer of Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata India

Professor Basheer, who is visiting the UW Law School as part of the UW Law Asian Law Center Microsoft China/India collaboration, presented a lecture entitled “Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceutical Patents in India”as part of our Global Mondays series. Prof. Basheer discussed a momentous recent development where the Indian patent office issued the ever-compulsory license in a highly contentious pharmaceutical patent case. He reviewed the Natco case, where an Indian generic manufacturer succeeded in its application for a compulsory license in respect of Bayer’s patent covering an anticancer drug, and argue that Compulsory license can go a long way to ensure access to cheaper drugs.

Shamnad Basheer is the first Ministry of Human Resource Development Chaired Professor in Intellectual Property Law at The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata India. He regularly consults to government and Parliamentary committees on IP policy issues and legislations.

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.

In Memoriam - Professor Emeritus Richard O. Kummert

As we grapple with the sudden loss of Professor Emeritus Richard O. Kummert on April 17, 2012, we remember his lasting contributions to generations of students, to the Asian Law Center and to the Law School. Since arriving at the law school in 1964, Professor Kummert has held various positions, but his first love has been teaching. He has been an integral part of the Asian Law Program (now Center) from the very beginning. His support for innovative curriculum, beginning with the first offering of Japanese/U.S. Business Corporation Law with Professor Misao Tatsuta in 1968, is a key reason for the UW Law School’s increased visibility around the word. “For a long time," said Kummert, "we were the only place in the country with programs in Marine Affairs and an Asian Law Center…They put the UW on the map.”  We will miss him dearly.

U.S. Government Provides Grant to UW Law for Legal Educators Support Program for Afghanistan

The State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on April 9, 2012 announced a $13 million grant to the University of Washington Law School’s Asian Law Center to continue an innovative legal education program for Afghanistan. The Legal Educators Support Program - Afghanistan (LESPA) provides graduate education opportunities to Afghan law deans, professors, and other professionals who will return to Afghanistan to continue as legal educators in universities. This grant will fund the University of Washington program for an additional five years into 2017. The program, formerly known as the University of Washington Afghan Legal Educators Program (UW-ALEP) commenced in 2004.

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.

Prof. Zang Discusses Global Legal Education

Prof. Dongsheng Zang spoke at a Global Legal Education Forum on a panel discussing Globalizations, Crisis, and Legal Education on Mar. 23-25, 2012 at Harvard Law School.

Prof. Ramasastry Speaks at Business and Human Rights Conference at Irish Centre for Human Rights

Prof. Ramasastry participated in a panel discussing Corporate Accountability for Overseas Activities on Mar. 24, 2012, as part of a Business and Human Rights Conference at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

Prof. Ramasastry also gave a lecture at Lewis & Clark College on The Future of Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations in the United States: Kiobel, the Ruggie Framework and other Emerging Trends.

Soipan Tuya (SID LL.M. '10) and Landesa Work on Land Rights for Women in Kenya

Soipan Tuya

In March 2012, Soipan Tuya (LLM '10) was a featured speaker at the Landesa Annual Seed the Change Luncheon celebrating International Women’s Day. Following her graduation from the LL.M. program in Sustainable International Development Law, Soipan has been serving as Landesa's land and gender specialist in Kenya as part of The World Justice Project. Soipan will explain the importance of land rights for women in Africa and how Landesa's work is contributing to greater peace and security in this country.

Soipan also discussed women, land and ownership on an interview with KUOW (NPR). Throughout much of the developing world, women cannot own land. Without secure rights, a series of cascading problems occur, from decreased health to increased domestic violence. These issues are part of an even larger problem: Billions of people in the developing world don't have legal claim to the land they depend on. Some countries are trying to change. Kenya's new constitution promises equal rights and protections for all. As a Maasai tribal member, Soipan wants to own a parcel of land in her native village and she is using the law to prod the male elders in her village in a new direction.

Professor Winn Leads ALC and LTA Collaborations in China and in India

Professors Winn and Zhang in Beijing

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.”

Prof. Clark Lombardi Writes on Islamic Review in Afghanistan

Prof. Clark Lombardi wrote a position paper on Islamic review in Afghanistan for the U.S. Institute for Peace. Prof. Lombardi's paper "Challenges and Opportunities of Islamic Review: Lessons for Afghanistan from the Experiences of other Muslim Countries" discusses "Shari`a Clauses" in the constitutions of Muslim countries. The paper grew out of a keynote address Prof. Lombardi gave in Kabul at a conference on Afghan constitutionalism in September 2011.

Jonathan Franklin to Represent the Asian Law Center and the Law Technology and Arts Group in India

Jonathan Franklin

Jonathan Franklin, an Associate Law Librarian at UW Law, will be traveling to India to speak at the International Conference on Access to Legal Information & Research in Digital Age at National Law University, Delhi, from 29th February to 2nd March, 2012. The purpose of the ICALIRDA-2012 is to come up with a vision for the next generation of law libraries and legal information to the researchers/scholars, faculty and students. UW Law is taking part in the conference as part of our Microsoft China/India collaboration.

UW Law Hosts Distinguished Japanese Scholars for a February 2012 Lecture Series

Professors Goodman Taniguchi and Matsui

Join UW Law and the Asian Law Center in welcoming esteemed Japanese law scholars Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi (Emeritus Kyoto U, former WTO Judge), Professor Shinichi Ago (Kyushu U; former ILO Officer), Professor Shigenori Matsui (U British Columbia) and Professor Carl Goodman (Visiting Professor, UW Law) for a week-long series of lectures:

February 22 - Civil Litigation in Japan
Professor Shigenori Matsui, Director, Japanese Legal Studies, University of British Columbia
Professor Matsui will revisit the state of Japanese civil litigation and talk about the small numbers of litigation, the reasons for it, and various hurdles for civil litigation in Japan.

February 23 - The Experience of a Japanese WTO Trade Law Judge
Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi, Emeritus, Kyoto University; Former WTO Judge
Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi will share from his experience as a member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body from 2000-2007.

February 27 - The Ozawa Prosecution and Japanese Democracy
Professor Carl Goodman, Visiting Professor, University of Washington School of Law
Recent changes in Japan's criminal law have affected Japanese politics. Professor Goodman will discuss legal and political concerns arising from the trial of former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa.

February 28 - The Application of International Labor Standards in Asia and the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility
Professor Shinichi Ago, Kyushu University Faculty of Law
Professor Shinichi Ago, who served many years as a Legal Officer with the International Labor Organization, will discuss the general attitude of Asian countries towards international labor standards as well as the role of CSR.

Prof. Winn Presents a Paper on Buying Fairness: Certification Marks and Self-Regulation in Global Markets

Prof. Jane Winn presented her paper on Buying Fairness: Certification Marks and Self-Regulation in Global Markets at the Intellectual Property Workshop at the University of Michigan School of Law on Feb. 23, 2012.

Guest Speaker Dr. Yukyong Choe Discusses the Reforms to the Korean Legal Profession

UW Law Asian Law Center and the Center for Korea Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies hosted Dr. Yukyong Choe (JSD, UC Berkeley)  on februray 22, 2012, for a lecture entitled "Agencies, Roles, and Their Choices: Reform of the Korean Legal Profession from 1995 to 2007."  Dr. Choe shared from her comparative doctoral research examining the ways in which Northeast Asian countries including Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan have adopted or considered adopting U.S.-style legal education as a revolutionary remedy to dissolve chronic problems of the pre-reform sys­tems. Especially in Korea and Japan, reform of the legal professional training system underwent a profound transformation. Yukyong Choe's research traced a wide range of agencies and stakeholders that were involved in the reform of the Korean legal professional training system from 1995 to 2007, to reveal sharper conflicts among them than in Japan. She also highlighted the growing role of Supreme Court judges as beneficiaries under the new system.

Professor Tae-Ung Baik Presents "Criminal Process in the Democratic People Republic of Korea: The Origin of Human Rights Violations"

UW Law Asian Law Center and the Center for Korea Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies hosted Professor Tae-Ung Baik from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law on February 15, 2012, for a public lecture entitled "Criminal Process in the Democratic People Republic of Korea: The Origin of Human Rights Violations."

Dr. Baik, former Director of the Korean Legal Studies Program at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and legal advisor to the South Korean Delegation to the 56th United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, attempts to gauge the seriousness of human rights violations by looking into the criminal process in North Korea. By comparing the written law of criminal procedure to how the procedure is actually practiced, Professor Baik provides a better understanding of North Korean criminal process and human rights practice.

UW Afghan Legal Educators Program Runs Highly Successful Program in Herat for 7 Afghan Universities

31 faculty members and 33 students from Albironi, Balkh, Herat, Kabul, Khost, Kunduz and Takhar universities recently participated in an 8 week Academic Legal English program in Herat, Afghanistan run by the UW Afghan Legal Educators Program under sponsorship from the US Department of State-INL. Project Director Prof. Jon Eddy (UW J.D. ‘69) and Project Manager Alice Stokke traveled to Herat for the graduation ceremony which was also attended by US and Afghan officials. The Academic Legal English program works with participants from both the Shari’a and Law and Political Science faculties at Afghan universities. Implemented by Mark Hough (UW J.D. ‘71) and Patti McLaughlin, teaching staff also included several local instructors as well as Prof. Laurel Oates from Seattle University School of Law and Craig Edelman. In addition to improving their English skills, participants studied substantive law topics, competed in a moot court and enjoyed field trips to some of Afghanistan’s cultural highlights in Herat.

Steven Kim (J.D. ’00) Chosen by South Korea to Help Revamp Justice System

Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kim has been invited by the South Korean government to spend six months in Seoul teaching Korean prosecutors trial practice skills and lecturing on the American criminal justice system in anticipation of the country's adoption of a grand jury system.

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.

Global Mondays Lecture on Rule of Law Projects in Liberia and in Afghanistan

On January 23, 2012, Sheila Weirth, LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, shared from her experience as a U.S. attorney serving as an international legal advisors for rule of law projects in support of the justice sectors in Liberia and in Afghanistan. After graduating from law school at the University of Washington, Sheila served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Seattle for King County from 1991-2006. In 2006 she moved to Monrovia, Liberia, as an International Legal Advisor with a Justice Sector Support Program. She worked with the Liberian Ministry of Justice, the US government, the UN, and other NGOs to help rebuild the criminal justice system of Liberia. In 2009 Sheila moved to Afghanistan where she was a Justice Advisor in Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat.

Professor Ramasastry in Johannesburg at International Conference on Business and Human rights

Professor Anita Ramasastry spoke on The "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework: Charting a Future or Taking the Wrong Turn for Business and Human Rights? in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her topic was Putting the Business and Human Rights Agenda in Context: Lessons from the Anti-Corruption Sphere.

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.

Global Mondays Lecture on Law, Development, and Microtrade

On January 9, 2012, Professor Yong-Shik Lee, Director of the Law and Development Institute and Visiting Professor at Seattle University Law School, presented a lecture entitled "Microtrade as a Way for Developing Countries to Escape Poverty" as part of UW Law's Global Mondays Series. Author of Reclaiming Development in the World Trading System (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Safeguard Measures in World Trade: The Legal Analysis (Kluwer Law International, 2007), and Economic Development through World Trade: A Developing World Perspective (Kluwer Law International, 2008), Professor Lee has published widely in the areas of international trade law and economic development. His recent work has been focused on the impact that domestic and international legal systems, particularly the legal framework for international trade, has on economic development.

Trade-based economic development policies and the export-driven development strategy have been a vehicle for successful economic development and escape from poverty for some developing economies in East Asia. However, in the absence of essential factors such as political stability, organized government support, educated workforce, availability of foreign markets, and financial resources in many developing countries, it is difficult to pursue successful trade-based development policies to break the circle of poverty. Professor Lee suggests "microtrade," defined as international trade of small quantities of locally-produced products produced on a small scale, as an alternative way to provide those living in the least developed countries with income sufficient to reduce or eliminate poverty.

Professor Anita Ramasastry Speaks at the Libya Transparency Roundtable Held in Tripoli

In December 2011, Professor Anita Ramasastry presented on “Licensing & Contracts in post-Gaddafi Libya” as part of an invited team of international experts who met to discuss the future of Libya’s oil concessions, to ensure transparency of oil revenues to protect citizens and to safeguard Libya’s oil revenues are used to help grow the economy. The Roundtable brought together 40-50 representatives of Libyan governments and state institutions, Libyan civil society organizations, academic community and international experts in order to stimulate a free-flowing and focused discussion that generates concrete and viable recommendations for the Transitional Government and civil society in Libya.

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.

Professor Louis Wolcher Delivers Keynote Speach in Human Rights Conference in Iran

Professor Louis Wolcher will be the keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Human Rights and Cultures to be held November 24-26, 2011 in Tehran, Iran.

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.

Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit honors Ramasastry

Professor Ramasastry

Professor Anita Ramasastry has been named among the 150 next generation leaders from 30 countries in the Asia Pacific region who will participate in the Asia Society’s sixth annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, held in New Delhi on Nov. 18 to 20, 2011.

Indonesian Ambassador to the U.S. Visits UW Campus on October 17

Please join the UW Southeast Asia Center, the Center for Global Studies and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies will host Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesian Ambassador to the U.S., during his visit to the UW Campus on October 17, 2011. Ambassador Djalal is a well-known government spokesman, diplomat and author of five best-selling books. He served as presidential spokesman for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from 2004-2010, making him the longest serving presidential spokesperson in Indonesia’s modern history.

Djalal, who holds a doctorate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, will speak about the compatibility between Islam and democracy and discuss issues of common concern for Indonesia-U.S. bilateral relations.

Dean Testy and Faculty Return from a Successful Visit to Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei

Tokyo Sept 2011 Alumni and Friends Dinner

Dean Kellye Testy, Director of the Asian Law Center Professor Jon Eddy, and Professors Yong-Sung (Jonathan) Kang and Clark Lombardi recently returned from a very successful trip to Asia – Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. In addition to connecting with alumni and friends, Dean Testy and our faculty joined colleagues from our partner schools for the Second East Asian Law and Society Conference and visited top law firms in Korea and National Taiwan University.

Dean Testy observed that "the Law School's engagement with Asia is critical for our future, and this trip was a “home run” on all counts: alumni and donor engagement, academic partnerships, jobs and other opportunities for our students, and scholarly opportunities for our faculty."

Professor Emeritus Roy Prosterman Honored with Global Hero Award for Lifetime Achievement

Global Washington will honor Professor Roy Prosterman as the inaugural recipient of the Global Hero Award for his lifetime of service on behalf of the world's poor. The Global Hero Award honors an outstanding leader from the state of Washington who has contributed significantly to global issues and made a great impact in the world. The award ceremony will take place on November 1st at the Global Washington Annual Conference.

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."

UW Law Professor Joel Ngugi Appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Kenya

Professor Joel Ngugi was recently appointed a Judge of the High Court of Kenya. Under Kenya’s new Constitution, the High Court has unlimited original jurisdiction in criminal and civil matters and is the court of first instance on constitutional issues. Professor Ngugi, who is a Kenyan native, has already been involved in the on-going legal reforms in Kenya as a scholar writing on important issues facing the country, as an activist involved in human rights work and as a lawyer. Prof. Ngugi is taking a leave of absence from UW to take up the appointment and plans to continue his involvement with UW through providing externship, independent studies, and international legal research opportunities for students who are interested in international, comparative and human rights law.

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.

UW Law to Strengthen Legal Education in Indonesia

UW Law will serve as the US educational partner for a recent four year USAID award to The Asia Foundation in support of Indonesia’s justice system, “Educating and Equipping Tomorrow’s Justice Reformers” (E2J). The E2J program will leverage and strengthen the capacity of Indonesian institutions, particularly law schools and civil society organizations (CSOs), to cultivate and develop a generation of lawyers, public servants and scholars who are well-versed in the knowledge and skills needed to foster and sustain justice sector reform. Illustrative law school activities include curriculum development and reform, policy-oriented legal research, legal clinics, advanced legal education methodology, internship and externship opportunities within the justice sector, and international exchange and degree programs.

UW Law will partner with The Asia Foundation to provide training to increase capacity in these Indonesian law school activities and strengthen collaboration between law schools, CSO’s and justice sector institutions, particularly in the areas of curriculum reform and clinical legal education. In addition to conducting trainings Indonesia, a select number of qualified project participants will enter the UW Law LLM program.

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.

Yong-suk Yoon (LL.M. '90) Discusses the Opening of Korea's Legal Services Market

Yong-suk Yoon, a Senior Partner with the Seoul based law firm of Lee & Ko and an alumnus of the LL.M. program in Asian and Comarative Law ('90), discussed in a recent interview the opening of Korea's legal services market under the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement which took effect in July 2011. Yoon, who specializes in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, commented that Korea has been preparing for this for some time. Lee & Ko, for example, has been sending lawyers to study abroad and train at top law firms in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Korean law firms, such as Lee & Ko, are similarly expanding their services into China, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

UW Selected for The U.S. Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity

The UW is one of six U.S. institutions that will be working with six Indonesian universities to help them build the capacity to provide high-quality study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates. The U.S. Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity will pilot new study abroad programs and will seek feedback from administrators and students to improve the programs' success in meeting students' needs. The initiative is sponsored by The Institute of International Education's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education.

In 2009, UW was represented by Professor Taylor, who joined a delegation of University Presidents, Vice Provosts and Center Directors representing more than 20 universities and colleges in the U.S. to Indonesia to prepare for expanding education programs under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. The delegation met with senior officials at the Indonesia Ministry of Education, Indonesian universities, the U.S. Embassy and American Indonesia Exchange Foundation (Fulbright Commission).  

UW Conducts Summer Afghan Legal Educators Training Program in Kabul

In summer 2011 the University of Washington Afghan Legal Educators Program (UW-ALEP) conducted an Academic Legal English program (ALE) program to provide almost 30 law and Sharia professors and students from Nangarhar and Khandahar Universities a short term opportunity to increase legal and English skills, understand the value of English as a vehicle towards accessing legal information, and to strengthen the relationship between the University of Washington and universities in the south and east of Afghanistan.

Six Afghan Legal Educators Complete LL.M. Program

In 2011, six UW-ALEP participants successfully completed the LL.M. degree program at the University of Washington School of Law. Participants represent Albironi, Nangarhar and Kabul Universities. The State Department confirmed the program’s success by awarding an additional $1 million. These supplemental funds enable us to bring additional LLM students and visiting scholars and continue to develop innovative programming.

Professor Yong Sung (Jonathan) Kang Teaches in Fordham-SKKU's Summer Institute in International Law

Professor Kang continues to teach at the Summer Institute in International Law held jointly by Fordham University Law School and Sungkyunkwan University College of Law  in downtown Seoul, Korea. Since 2010, Prof. Kang has been teaching a course on International Business Transactions to students from several countries and law schools.

Learning from Tradition: Tribal Justice and the Rule of Law Workshop

The collaborative work of the Asian Law Center and the Native American Law Center on dispute resolution and the rule of law spans from Afghanistan to the Pacific Northwest. During a two-day workshop in June 2011, practitioners and academics who have worked in Afghan rule of law efforts or Native American justice systems exchanged views about synthesizing western rule of law and traditional values of tribal societies.

Since 2007 the U.S. Department of State-INL-sponsored U.S. Afghan Legal Educators Program at UW Law has explored lessons learned from the US colonization of Native American peoples and attempted displacement of traditional justice systems by western adversarial models. Since the United States' abandonment of this effort forty years ago and its replacement with a policy supporting tribal self-determination, unique hybrid tribal justice systems have proliferated. In these systems tribal communities choose when to adopt an adversarial model and when to use traditional methods of dispute resolution. In Afghanistan, the Kabul government struggles to implement its authority throughout Afghanistan with western assistance and pressure to achieve rule of law on a western model. At the same time, a substantial majority of dispute resolution in Afghanistan occurs entirely outside the formal justice system.

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 Workshop Focuses on Recent Controversial Blasphemy Cases in Afghanistan

In June 2011 the UW School of Law Afghan Legal Educator’s Project and the UW Jackson School of International Studies, South Asia Center, with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, held a public workshop entitled "Who Defines Islamic Crimes in Afghanistan? Lawyers, Judges and the Interpretation of Uncodified Blasphemy Law."  The workshop allowed Afghans and American scholars of classical Islamic law, as well as students and visiting scholars at UW Law, to discuss the recent Afghan blasphemy cases that have been so controversial -- the cases of Abdul Karim, Parwiz Kambaksh and Ghaus Zalmai.

Professor Theo Myhre served as a U.S. Delegate to Vietnam, May 23-June 1, 2011

Professor THeo Myhre

Professor Myhre will work under the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative with legal leaders from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as part of a 10-day program that addresses potential reforms to Vietnam's legal system, including professional skills, professional standards and ethics, legal education, and fair trial standards.

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.

Professor Winn Lectures in India

Professor Jane Winn gave a public lecture on May 18, 2011 on "Certification Marks and Global Supply Chains" at the National Law School of Bangalore, India.

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.

Asian Law Center Hosts an International Symposium on the Japanese Legal Profession after the 2008 Financial Crisis and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

Visiting Professor Bruce Aronson

In May 2011, UW Law and the Asian Law Center hosted an international symposium on the Japanese Legal Profession after the 2008 Financial Crisis and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. The symposium, convened by Visiting Professor Bruce Aronson, brought together esteemed speakers from Tokyo including Hisashi Hara (Chairman, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu), Toru Ishiguro (Partner, Mori Hamada Matsumoto), Akira Kosugi (Managing Partner, Nishimura & Asahi), John Roebuck (Partner, Jones Day Tokyo), Shinichi Sugiyama (Partner, Harago & Partners), Toshiro Ueyanagi (Representative Partner, Tokyo Surugadai Law Offices), and Akihiro Wani (Managing Partner, Linklaters Tokyo). Professor Aronson will develop a law review article based on the proceedings of the symposium to be published in the winter issue of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal.

Professor Aronson, who also taught our course on Japanese Law in spring quarter, is an active Japanese law scholar with a wealth of practical experience in Japan. He spent the summer of 2010 at the Bank of Tokyo, and will be returning to Japan as a Fulbright Scholar next year, researching at Waseda Law School – a partner institution of UWLS.

Professor Emeritus Roy L. Prosterman, Landesa Senior Attorney Robert Mitchell (J.D. '87, LL.M. '93) and Dean Erman Rajagukguk (LL.M. '84, Ph.D. '89) Continued Collaboration on Land Reform in Indonesia

Professor Roy Prosterman

UW Law Professor Emeritus Roy L. Prosterman, founder and chairman emeritus of Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute), Landesa Senior Attorney Robert Mitchell (J.D. ’87, LL.M. ’93) and Dean Erman Rajagukguk (LL.M. ‘84, Ph.D. ‘89) continue to collaborate on land reform in Indonesia through Landesa's Indonesian office. One key goal is to give Indonesia’s poorest families a way to stabilize and supplement their incomes with small homestead plots.

As a result of Prosterman's leadership, Landesa has become an extraordinarily effective advocate for international land law and policy reform. UW School of Law School honored Professor Prosterman at a a special ceremony on May 5, 2011. Dean Kellye Testy and Bill Gates, Sr. spoke about Prosterman's legacy and leadership of demonstrating how law can and should be used as a tool to battle global poverty. Testy also presented Prosterman with a proclamation officially declaring May 5 as Roy Prosterman Day in King County.

Dean Rajagukguk has maintained strong ties to the UW Law School and faculty since his student days. In addition to his ongoing work with Professors Lev, Prosterman and Taylor, he is working with Beth Rivin, Research Associate Professor and Director of the UW Global Health and Justice Project, on legal issues around human rights and health.

Ph.D. and LL.M. Students Publish in the Jakarta Globe

We congratulate two of our students or their recent publications with the Jakarta Globe, one of the major English newspapers in Jakarta. Linda Yanti Sulistiawati, a Fulbright Ph.D. student at UW Law and a lecturer at Gajah Mada University School of Law, published an article entitled "Our Learning Curve to Survive Is Steep" (05-05-2011) about Indonesia's challenges in confronting climate change. Akhmad Safik, a USAID-Indonesia Forecast Scholar and LL.M. student at UW Law, published an article entitled "Rethinking Indonesia’s Property Acquisition Policies" discussing the government policy regarding land taking for public purposes (04-21-2011).

UW School of Law Tribute to Roy Prosterman

UW School of Law School honored Professor Emeritus and Landesa founder Roy Prosterman at a a special ceremony on May 5, 2011. Dean Kellye Testy and Bill Gates, Sr. spoke about Prosterman's legacy and leadership of demonstrating how law can and should be used as a tool to battle global poverty. Testy also presented Prosterman with a proclamation officially declaring May 5 as Roy Prosterman Day in King County.

Professor Beth Rivin Receives 2011-2012 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Work in Indonesia

Professor Beth Rivin

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) announced the selection of Professor Beth Rivin as a Fulbright Scholar for 2011-2012 in Indonesia. She will be hosted by Gadjah Mada University in Jogjakarta and will work at five other universities in Indonesia, including the University of Indonesia. Her focus will be teaching and capacity building in medical school bioethics education using multidisciplinary approaches.

Last year Professor Rivin presented at the 18th World Congress on Medicine and Law, “The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Promoting Human Rights in Indonesian Madrasah”, Zagreb, Croatia. She also has a forthcoming publication titled “Convention on the Rights of the Child: Promoting Human Rights in Islamic Day Schools in Indonesia.”

Korean Law Forum Offers Comparative Perspectives on Current Legal Topics in Korea

In January 2011, The Asian Law Center and the Visiting Scholars Program launched the inagural meeting of the Korean Law Forum. The forum meets regularly for a continuous discussion Korean Law.  Topics presented by visiting law professors and scholars to the UWLS include: Dr. Myungung Lee -- Justification for compensation legislation for the wrongly convicted; Prof. Jeawan Kim of Korea University -- Self control process in law firms to avoid conflict of interests; Prof. Daewoo Kwon  of Hanyang University -- Cooling-off rights of consumers in Korea, Germany and the U.S.;  and Prof. Dong Won Ko of Sungkyunkwan University -- The Korean experience and regulatory responses to the global financial crisis.

Law Students Participate in Comparative and vcross-Border Insolvency Law Conference at Waseda Law School

As part of the Law School's collaboration with Waseda Law School, Dean Kamata and Professor Furuya generously extended an invitation for several UW law students to participate at Waseda's annual Transnational Program, which for 2011 focused on Insolvency Law. Brian M. Sheehan and Marie Michelle Webster joined students and faculty from top U.S. and foreign law schools, for the week-long conference.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: The Coldest Peace -- The Current Korean Crisis in the Context of International Law

In the February 2011 installment of the Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series, guest lecturer Prof. Keun-Gwan Lee of Seoul National University School of Law explored ways for maximizing the constructive role of international law in resolving the persistence of the ‘coldest peace’ on the Korean peninsula. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Asian Law Center and the Korean Studies Program, Jackson School of International Studies.

The artillery attack on a small South Korean island (Yeongpyeong) by North Korea last November was part of the much bigger and more complicated picture known as the ‘Korean question.’ Prof. Lee's talk focused on the question of equitable maritime boundary between the two Koreas, the issue of current legal relations between them and its implications for a peace regime on the peninsula, and the lessons to be drawn from the German experience.

Dr. Keun-Gwan Lee is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, Seoul National University, teaching Public International Law, the History and Theory of International Law and the Law of the Sea, among others.  He has written extensively on wide-ranging subjects of public international law.

Ph.D. Student Linda Sulistiawati Blogs About Climate Justice Projects in Indonesia

Linda Sulistiawati, a PhD Student in Asian and Comparative law  and a Law Lecturer at the Universitas Gadjah Mada, collaborates with the UWLS Three Degrees Climate Justice Project and blogs about climate justice case studies in Indonesia. Linda's article introduces efforts to foster adaptation strategies in local communities in Indonesia. Specifically, two climate adaptation projects are focused on ensuring a sustainable livelihood for forest dependent communities and aim to increase the communities’ resilience in facing climate change impacts, especially with respect to crop resilience and food security.

Professor Jane Winn Presents at UNCITRAL Colloquium on Electronic Commerce

In February 2011, Professor Winn served as a moderator and presentated a paper entilted "Can Prudential Regulation Be Achieved by Means of Technology? Lessons from US Electronic Chattel Paper" at the e-commerce section of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. UNCITRAL held this colloquium to collect information about different projects that might make up its work agenda for the next few years.

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.

Recent Ph.D. Program Graduates in Asian and Comparative Law

Dr. Tomi Suryo Utomo (Ph.D. 2006) is a Legal Education Expert with the Asia Foundation E2J project in partnership with UW School of Law.  Previously on the faculty at Sanabadra University, Indonesia, his dissertation, titled “Indonesian Drug Policy and Patent Regulation After the TRIPS Agreement: Better Access to Essential Medicines?” focused on the protection of pharmaceutical patents in Indonesia and its impact on the public health sector.

Dr. Kurnia Toha (Ph.D. 2007) is currently teaching at the University of Indonesia. His dissertation, titled “The Struggle Over Land Rights: A Study of indigenous property rights in Indonesia” examined the Indonesian government's policy and regulation on land tenure, especially on communal land rights, in comparison to Malaysia and Australia.

Hendrianto's (Ph.D. 2008) dissertation is entitled "From Humble Beginnings to a Functioning Court: the Indonesian Constitutional Court, 2003 – 2008." Hendrianto’s dissertation centers on the struggle to construct judicial review in the Indonesian Constitutional Court during a transition period, and focus on the main contributing factors to the development of the Indonesian Constitutional Court into a functioning institution.

Melda Kamil Ariadno (Ph.D. 2011) is Assistant Professor of International Law and chairman of the Center for International Law Studies at the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law. In her dissertation entitled "What is the Indonesian Responsibility for High Seas Fisheries" Dr. Ariadno explored whether international law can impose certain rules on the high-seas fisheries of a country such as Indonesia that has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea but is not a party to international fisheries agreements.

MOU with National Autonomous University of Mexico Expands UWLS Collaborations in Latin America

In early 2011, UWLS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) law school and legal research institutes which will serve as a platform for shared scholarly projects and for exchanges of law students and law faculty. UNAM is Latin America’s premier research and teaching university. THe inaugural UWLS-UNAM project, a symposium on pro bono legal services,  will be held in May 2011 at UWLS.

The MOU was negotiated under the umbrella of the general MOU between UW and UNAM and it represents an important initiative by Dean Kellye Testy and UNAM’s representative in the Pacific Northwest, Lic. Jorge Madrazo. Professor Gregory Hicks represented the University of Washington School of Law in the negotiation and planning of the agreement and worked with our counterparts at UNAM in Mexico City.

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.

Prof. Zang Focuses on the Environment at a U.S.-China Commercial Relationship Policy Conference in Washington, DC

Prof. Dongsheng Zang

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: The Challenges of Establishing Effective Legal Institutions in Indonesia

In November 2010, UW Law and the The Asian Law Center hosted Melli Darsa, Eisenhower Fellow and Founder and Managing Partner of Melli Darsa & Co. Law Offices. Ms. Darsa,  Chairman of the Capital Market Committee on the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was a 2010 National Semi-finalist for the Chairmanship of the Indonesian Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK).

In her lecture, Ms. Darsa addressed the journey of Indonesia to become a true democracy in the midst of a reluctance to purge corruption from the main legal institutions. As an Eisenhower Fellow, Ms. Darsa has been exploring methods for empowering Indonesian institutions of law and studying programs that will help develop “the rule of law” and engender trust in legal institutions.

Prof. Kang to Present at SungKyunKwan University School of Law

Yong-Sung (Jonathan) Kang

On Oct. 29, 2010, Assistant Professor Jonathan Kang presented a paper entitled "Legal Confucianism" at a conference at SungKyunKwan University School of Law in Seoul, Korea. Prof. Kang will discuss history, interpretation, and perspectives on law and politics in East Asia.

UW School of Law Hosts International Conference Titled "Mobile Payments: Global Markets, Empowered Consumers and New Rules"

In October 2010, UWLS hosted an international conference on how cellular phones can boost access to banking in developing countries and increase revenue for domestic mobile-phone operators. More than two-thirds of the world’s population has a cell phone, creating tremendous new opportunities for innovation in the way consumers buy and sell goods and services around the world. The conference also explored how to protect consumers and generate competition in the cutting-edge market for mobile payments.

Dean Testy and Faculty Visit Alumni and Friends in Japan

Dean Testy with Mr. Matsuo and Asst. Dean Cox

Dean Kellye Testy along with Professor and Director of the Asian Law Center, Jon Eddy, Professor and Chair of Law, Technology & Arts Group Bob Gomulkiewicz, Washington Research Foundation/W. Hunter Simpson Professor of Law Toshiko Takenaka, as well as Assistant Dean for Advancement Stephanie Cox visited Japan in October 2010, where they were welcomed by many law school alumni in both Osaka and Tokyo. Dean Testy and her delegation were able to meet and greet many of our alumni who are practicing and heading up some of Japan’s major corporations and law firms. Also on the itinerary were visits to the Supreme Court of Japan, the Japan Patent Office and many of our friends at partner law schools.

Additionally, and with the support and help of Mr. Takamitsu Shigetomi (LL.M. '03) and Mr. Tomohito Ihara, the law school hosted two well-attended alumni reunion dinners, one in Osaka and one in Tokyo. We would like to thank Mr. Shigetomi and Mr. Ihara for their dedicated support of these two events. The dinners were a complete success due to their efforts.

The recent trip to Japan is one of several trips that will be made over the course of the next year. Future trips to China and Korea are planned for spring and fall of 2011.  

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).

UWLS and the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law Formalize Academic Exchanges

On October 13, 2010, the Law School and the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law formalized their long-standing relations in a collaborative agreement to further expand the exchange of faculty and students at the Masters and Ph.D. level. The UWLS, through the Asian Law Center, has welcomed many University of Indonesia candidates into its LL.M., Ph.D. and Visiting Scholar programs, several of whom have taken teaching and leadership positions at the University of Indonesia upon return.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Legal Considerations for US Businesses Operating in Asia

In October 2010, the Law School hosted Mr. Jörg Ahrens, Head of Financial Lines Claims (common law) for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Insurance, for a discussion of legal pitfalls US businesses can face when operating within Asian Pacific jurisd. Mr. Ahrens oversees Allianz’s large claim exposures in such jurisdictions as Australia, Canada and the UK, including the entire Asian market (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, India and China), and weathered some of the largest professional indemnity cases in the London market.

It has been anticipated that the 21st century will mark the rise of the Asia Pacific region as the economic/geopolitical center of the world, replacing the Western countries of Europe and North America. A new enthusiasm for deals has emerged especially in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea. These countries have been particularly strong in such industry sectors as telecommunications, satellites, broadband applications, oil, gas and banking. In an attempt to keep up with Asian Pacific businesses, Western companies have looked to develop new markets within this growing economic region. They are seeking to form new operations and ventures with Asian Pacific companies.

With the expansion of US companies into the Asia Pacific region, US businesses along with their directors and officers likely face liabilities doing business abroad in the context of civil actions as well as regulatory and law enforcement proceedings. Mr. Ahrens explored the legal pitfalls US businesses can face when operating within Asian Pacific jurisdictions? What regulatory issues must they be concerned with and what civil liabilities can they face? Also, what sorts of insurance coverage is available to protect US corporations along with their directors, offices, managers and employees?

Visit of Japan’s Supreme Court Justice Koji Miyakawa

ustice Miyakawa with former Dean Hjorth

On October 8, 2010, former Law School Dean Roland Hjorth welcomed Japan’s Supreme Court Justice Koji Miyakawa. Justice Miyakawa has had an illustrious career as a Japanese attorney specializing in environmental lawsuits, and also contributed to the crafting the new law school system adopted by Japan a few years ago. He was named Justice of the Supreme Court in 2008. Justice Miyakawa expressed his desire to foster the development of Japan’s new legal education system, and was eager to hear about admissions, course offerings, clinics, and career placement practices at the UW School of Law. After an exchange of information with Law School faculty and staff centered on legal education, Justice Miyakawa enjoyed a lunch discussion in Japanese with over ten Japan-specialist J.D. students and Japanese graduate students.

Rural China Legal Aid Project Coming to Successful Close

Students and Chinese Villagers

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.

Dr. Chulwoo Lee of Yonsei University Law School named the 2010-11 Garvey Schubert & Barer Visiting Professor of Asian Law

Prof. Chulwoo Lee

Professor Chulwoo Lee is currently a Professor of Law at Yonsei Law School and the College of Law, Yonsei University, Korea, both partner institutions of the UW Law School. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Professor Lee specializes in Asian sociolegal studies and has written extensively in the areas of law and social theory, social history of law, and citizenship studies; he is now the chief editor of the Korean Journal of Law and Society. Dr. Lee will teach Law and Society in East Asia (Winter 2011) and team-teach Comparative Korean Law with Prof. Kang (Spring 2011). He is also scheduled to be a speaker in the Korean Law conference to be held at the Law School later in 2011.

Dr. Dong Won Ko of Sungkyunkwan University Law School to Teach as a Visiting Fulbright Professor

Dr. Dong Won Ko is a professor at Sungkyunkwan University Law School in Korea, specializing in banking and financial law. Dr. Ko holds an SJ.D. from Duke Law School and currently serves as President of the Korean Banking and Financial Law Association. Dr. Ko has been selected by the Korean-American Educational Commission to receive a highly competitive Fulbright Lecturing/Research award for 2010-2011, allowing him to teach and research at a U.S. university. Dr. Ko has opted to come to the UW Law School and will teach International Banking Law (Winter 2011) and International Financial Law (Spring 2011).

Q.H. Charles Duan (LL.M. '90) Discusses Trade between Washington State and China

Q.H. Charles Duan

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.

UW Law Hosts Vietnamese Bar Leaders as part of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative

In August 2010, UW Law hosted a delegation of legal educators and Bar leaders from Vietnam, sponsored by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). During the first week of their visit, the delegation met with WSBA officers, judges and legislators, and the legal practice community. During the second week the delegates attended daily meetings and presentations by law school faculty and staff on various legal topics.

UW Law, ABA-ROLI and Ho Chi Minh City University of Law in Vietnam have been developing future collaboration on legal education and curricular reform in Vietnam. UW Law and HCML executed a collaborative agreement in order to pursue potential avenues and funding from both ABA and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education.

LL.M. Program Continues to Grow

In summer 2010, we graduated a strong LL.M. cohort of 30 students, nine of whom took the New York Bar Examination in late July. Starting September 2010, the newly-reconfigured LL.M. program will have three tracks to choose from, the Asian Law Track, the Global Business Law Track, and the Sustainable International Development Law Track. Students will have an increased selection of Law School courses for each track. We are expecting over 35 incoming LL.M. students from ten countries: Afghanistan, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Moldova, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States.

Additional Afghan Legal Educators Complete LL.M. Program

2010 LLM Graduates

In 2010, five UW-ALEP participants successfully completed the LL.M. program. Participants represented Balkh, Herat, Albironi and Nangarhar Universities. Each of these participants also received specialized clinical law training from the Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic.

Afghan Legal Educators Participate in Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic

NALC Tribal Criminal Defense Clinic

Since 2009, seventeen Afghan professors and recent graduates have participated in the Law School’s Native American Law Center’s Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic. Working directly with J.D. students on active cases under faculty supervision, participants gained firsthand knowledge of tribal laws and the relationship of tribal courts to our state and federal court systems. Afghan faculty also worked closely with UWLS clinical faculty to gain an instructor’s perspective and learn how to run law school-based legal clinics that can be replicated in Afghanistan. Our collaboration with NALC provides a unique opportunity for a dialogue between Native American tribal justice leaders and the Afghan legal community about analogous challenges faced by the Afghan legal system.

Law School Continues to Collaborate with the Constitutional Court of Korea

The Law Library at UW is widely recognized as one of the finest Korean law collections outside Korea, and continues to enjoy the support of Korean legal professionals. Chul-Yong Ha, Secretary General of the Constitutional Court of Korea, generously contributed on behalf of the Court several books to our East Asian Library Department in July 2010. The books, 11 volumes in total, include the published collections of major decisions of the Korean Constitutional Court.

Professor Yong Sung (Jonathan) Kang thanked the Court for its support in his recent visit, where he gave a presentation to members of the Constitutional Court of Korea.

Shin-Rou Lin's Ph.D. Work Nominated for the 2010 Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award

Shin Rou Lin

Congratulations to Shin-Rou Lin (LL.M. ‘03; Ph.D. ‘10) on completing the Asian and Compartive Law Ph.D. Program.  Shin-Rou's dissertation, entitled 'An Expensive Illusion? The Use of Isolation as a Tuberculosis Control Strategy in Taiwan,' has been nominated by the Law School for the 2010 Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award.

An alumna of the LL.M. Program in Asian & Comparative Law, Dr. Lin previously worked as attorney at law with Lexpert Law Firm in Taipei, then as project coordinator on ELSI research of Genomic Medicine. She has published articles on informed consent, the physician’s duty of confidentiality and vaccination policy in Taiwan, as well as served as adjunct lecturer on health care laws and regulations at Chang Gung University in Taiwan.

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.

Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau (J.D. '72, LL.M. '73), Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau (J.D. '72, LL.M. '73)

Sworn into office January 15, 2009, Toribiong is Palau's seventh president. He is a former ambassador of Palau to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and co-founder of the firm Toribiong and Coughlin. During his presidency, Toribiong has garnered publicity for offering to resettle a dozen Uighurs, Chinese Muslims who had been captured in Afghanistan and held in Guantanamo Bay, in Palau and forming an organization of Pacific Island states to protect the tuna industry. Toribiong is the first sitting head-of-state to receive a Law School Alumni Association Recognition Award.

Faculty Collaborations with Shandong University School of Law

Prof. Eddy and Dean Qi of Shandong Law School

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.

Afghan Legal Educators Discuss the Changing Legal Terrain in Afghanistan with the WSBA International Practice Section

ALE Presentation to WSBA International Practice Section

In May 2010, the International Practice section of the Washington State Bar Association hosted a CLE entitled "Afghanistan: A Changing Legal Terrain." Topics discussed included rule of law, how the legal systems (including Sharia law) differ from that of the United States, the existence of Afghan judicial independence, human rights (specifically the rights of women), and the investment situation in Afghanistan. A total of six panelists - Wahidullah Amiri, Hussain Ali Atefi, Mohammad Bashir Mobasher, Humayoun Rahimi, Mohammad Faridon Sorush, and Mohammad Ayub Yusufzai - formed a very informative and frank panel on the issues facing Afghanistan today.

ACLS International Workshop: Access to Justice in Rural China

Student and Chinese Woman

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.

Josep Borrell, former EU Parliament President, Presents on the EU After the Lisbon Treaty

Josep Borrell, former EU Parliament  President

Josep Borrell, who served as President of the European Union Parliament from 2004-07, visited the UW School of Law in April 2010  and discussed changes to the EU following the Lisbon treaty and the challenges ahead.

Borrell is currently the President of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, an international postgraduate teaching and research institute. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economic Sciences in 1976 and in 1983 became the Chair of Economic Analysis at the Madrid Complutense University. He has served in a variety of positions in the Spanish government and in the Spanish and European Parliaments. In 1984 he became State Secretary for Finance, and from 1991 to 1996 served as Minister for Public Works, Transport, and the Environment. From 1999 to 2004 Borrell was President of the European Affairs Committee in the Spanish Parliament. In 2002 he was elected as the representative of the Spanish Parliament in the 2004 European Convention to debate the future of the European Union.

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.

Toshitaka Kudo (LL.M '02; Ph.D. '09) Joins the Faculty at Keio University Faculty of Law

Toshitaka Kudo

Toshitaka Kudo (LL.M '02; Ph.D. '09) joined the faculty at Keio University Faculty of Law as a civil procedure law professor, starting April 2010.

Dr. Kudo's dissertation was entitled 'Changes to the Civil Procedure Law and Regulations Prompted by Specialized Litigation - The U.S. and the Japanese Patent Invalidation Procedures.' His project dealt with the new and important question of how challenges to patent validity have become an important industrial strategy in both Japan and the U.S. and the pressures that this trend exerts on both the court system and administrative agencies in both countries. Dr. Kudo argued for civil procedure reforms in both the U.S. and Japan to both align the different systems and to make greater use of best practice developments in those jurisdictions.

Improving Access to Japanese Databases

In March 2010, Rob Britt , the Acting Head and Japanese Legal Materials Specialist of the Gallagher Law Library
East Asian Law Department, attended the once-a-decade NCC “3D” (North American Coordinating Committee for Japanese Library Resources, 3rd Decade Planning Conference), and the Association of Asian Studies Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) annual conference at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

In a session titled “Promoting Collections and Access” Rob gathered participant’s opinions on ways to improve access to Japanese databases. A recommendation to funders and participants for the best strategic aims over the next ten years will come out of the process.

Law Students Participate in Public Health and Law Conference at Waseda Law School

As part of the Law School's collaboration with Waseda Law School, Dean Kamata and Professor Furuya generously extended an invitation for several UW law students to participate at Waseda's annual Transnational Program, which for 2010 focused on Health Law.  Kyle Gotchy, Geoff Hymans and Charlene Koski joined students and faculty from top U.S. and foreign law schools, for the week-long conference focused on healthcare, medical malpractice and bioethical mediation. Charlene and Geoff also earned the top awards for a student competition regarding solutions to a hypothetical medical malpractice case.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: The Origins and Implications of the Treaty of Lisbon on the EU

Visiting Professor Theo Bodewig of Humboldt University, Berlin discussed the origins and implications of the Treaty of Lisbon on the EU as part of the Law Through Global Eyes lecture series. The Treaty of Lisbon, which took effect in December 2009, amends the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, with a view to enhancing the efficiency and democratic legitimacy of the Union and to improving the coherence of its action. The Treaty also made the EU's human rights charter, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, legally binding.

Bodewig previously served as a Professor at the University of Munich Law School and as a Senior Research Fellow and Department Head at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law. He is widely published in the areas of Industrial Property Law and Copyright Law, Antitrust Law, the Law of the European Union and Comparative US-Law.

Professor Tom Cobb Appointed Visiting Professor at the Edouard Lambert Comparative Law Institute in France

Professor Tom Cobb visited the Edouard Lambert Comparative Law Institute at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 Faculty of Law, France in March 2010, teaching a course on "U.S. Evidence Law and the Jury." The Edouard Lambert Institute of Comparative Law, founded in Lyon in 1920, is named after its founder. Edouard Lambert, a pioneer in the field. It is part of the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 Faculty of Law--a partner institution with the UW School of Law.

Afghan Legal Educators Project Trains Afghan Jessup Moot Court Teams

Jessup Moot Cour Competition Opening Ceremony

In August 2009, the U.S. Department of State approved a supplemental grant for our Afghan Legal Educators Project to support training of an Afghan Jessup Moot Court at three Afghan universities; the successful team traveled to Washington DC in March 2010 to compete in the International Rounds and received the Spirit of the Jessup award from their peers. The grant continues to support study at the law school by Afghan students and professors as well as research and workshops in Afghanistan conducted by UW faculty.

Professor Yong Sung (Jonathan) Kang Joins Top Scholars to Discuss Asia's Growing Global Influence

In February 2010, Professor Kang joined top scholars from across the U.S. to discusse Asia’s potential to become the new global leader in the 21st century and what that may portend for human rights and economic development. The symposium entitled “The Asian Century?” was sponsored by the University of California Davis Law Review. Prof. Kang and other panelists explored how the rise of Asia may affect multinational corporations, intellectual property, human rights, gay rights, national security law and constitutional law, as well as U.S. attitudes toward Asia and how that affects the country’s relationship with Asian nations.

Congratulations to Professor Tay-sheng Wang (LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92) on the Publication of His New Book

The Asian Law center congratulates Professor Tay-sheng Wang (LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92) on the publication of his new book entitled "Kua jie de ri zhi fa yuan dang an yan jiu / 跨界的日治法院檔案研究 / 王泰升 主編 ; 王泰升". The book, written in Chinese, Japanese and English, offers interdisciplinary studies on the Taiwan Colonial Court records archives.

Taylor, Bergling and Ederlof Edited Book on "Rule of Law Promotion: Global Perspectives, Local Applications" Published

Rule of Law Promotion: Global Perspectives, Local Applications

Congratulations to Professor Veronica Taylor, Per Bergling (Umeå University) and Jenny Ederlöf (Umeå University) on the publication of "Rule of Law Promotion: Global Perspectives, Local Applications." The book, edited by Bergling, Ederlöf and Taylor, contains the proceedings of a 2007 conference in Umeå titled "The Rule of Law on the International Agenda." The contributors, including Asian Law Center affiliate professors Veronica Taylor, Anita Ramasastry and Hualing Fu (University of Hong Kong), are international scholars researching the legal and political dimensions of economic development, human rights, and security.

Legal and judicial reform, or "rule of law promotion", is - and is likely to remain - a priority for international organizations, aid agencies and national governments. The elasticity of the Rule of Law concept allows it to invoke in support of conflict prevention and peace-building, political transition and human rights, and promoting economic development. Operationally, rule of law project design and programming seem to be Converging worldwide. Yet, as rule of law promotion expands its geographic reach to new conflict zones and to Asia, diversity in local political, economic and social environments becomes more obvious. The volume explores what happens when a global rule of law promotion confront local realities, and with what results. The contributors explore local case studies ranging from Aceh, Cambodia and East Timor through Vietnam and the PRC, as well as studies of international rule of law promoters including the EU, the World Bank and the UN Security Council. The contributions highlight the increased complexity of the field, the proliferation of local and non-state actors involved in rule of law promotion, and the need for more accountability and good governance by international actors themselves.

Dana Raigrodski Explores the Development of a Mixed Legal System in Israel

Dana Raigrodski

Dana Raigrodski gave a presentation to the Washington State Bar Association International Practice Section, exploring the nuances and influencing factors that helped shape the Israeli legal system. Dr. Raigrodski argued that Israel's past experience as a colony and its post-colonial existence as an independent Jewish and democratic state played, and continue to play, a determinative role in shaping the legal system. Consequently, the Israeli legal system manifests characteristics of both common law and civil law traditions as well as innovative modern "Israeli" traits. She also touched on the progressive development of LGBT rights in Israel and the intersection of Israel's Jewish and democratic values.

The WSBA International Practice Section sponsors the Foreign Lawyers Host Program, which matches local attorneys and judges with foreign J.D., L.L.M. or Ph.D. students. The Program also features an annual Foreign Lawyers Reception; this year's reception on February 25th, 2010, at Williams Kastner, will feature keynote remarks by Paul Mutty, VP, Assistant General Counsel, Global Commercial, Starbucks. We thank the WSBA IPS for its continued collaboration and support.

Afghan Scholars Discuss the Role of Elders in Afghan Society

In February 2010, participants in the Afghan Legal Educators Program led a forum at the UW Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies entitled “The Role of Elders in Afghan Society,” to better explain the important role of the elders in Afghan society which is often inaccurately portrayed in American media. Wahidullah Amiri, Hussein Ali Atefi, M. Bashir Mobasher and M. Ayub Yusufzai, who are currently pursuing their LL.M degree in Asian and Comparative Law at the UW School of Law, shared from their own upbringing and family structure to demonstrate the cultural and social heritage of respect to the elders. This is a second such forum at the Ellison Center. In November 2009 the Afghan scholars shared from their experience with legal education in the U.S. compared to Afghanistan.

Professor Roy Prosterman Shares Key Findings From Landesa's Nationwide Survey on Farmers' Land Rights in China

Professor Roy Prosterman

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

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.

Jonathan Eddy to Head Asian Law Center

Professor Jon Eddy

Professor Jonathan (Jon) Eddy has been appointed incoming director of the Asian Law Center by Dean Kellye Testy effective January 1, 2010. Eddy, who has extensive experience in legal systems in transitional economies, is known internationally for his work on economic development, transitional legal systems and commercial law reform in Afghanistan, the Arabian Gulf, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, and China. He succeeds Professor Veronica Taylor, recently appointed as head of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Taylor will continue to serve as an affiliate professor and senior advisor to the Asian Law Center. In the coming year, the law school will launch an extensive global search for the next long-term faculty Director of the Center.

"Professor Eddy is an outstanding scholar, teacher, and administrator and, with his extensive in-country experience with Asian legal systems, he brings the right skill set to this important leadership role for the law school," Dean Testy said in announcing the appointment. "He enjoys tremendous support from his faculty and staff colleagues in the Asian Law Center, and we all appreciate that he has stepped up for this service as we advance the Center to the next level of excellence."

Professor Veronica Taylor Appointed Director of the School of Regulation at Australian National University.

Professor Veronica Taylor

Professor Taylor has been appointed as the Director of the School of Regulation (incorporating the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)) at Australian National University. She has also been appointed as the first Visiting Professor in Rule of Law at The Hague. The appointments take effect in early 2010. Professor Taylor will step down as Director of the Asian Law Center in January 2010, but will remain a member of the law faculty and senior advisor to the Asian Law Center.

In her position as leader of RegNet, Professor Taylor will direct an international think tank focused on improving understanding of private, public, and NGO governance through regulatory frameworks. Recognized as one of the world’s leading centers in sociolegal studies, RegNet is a key advisor to government in areas such as climate change, restorative justice, peace-building, policing and security and social inclusion, with a particular focus on Asia and the Pacific (

In the spring of 2010, Professor Taylor will be the inaugural Hague Visiting Professor in Rule of Law at the Van Vollenhoven Institute at Leiden University, a new, prestigious position funded by the City of The Hague and administered through the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law.

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.

Rajagukguk Legal Website

Alumnus Professor Dr. Erman Rajagukguk (LLM ’84, PhD ’89), Dean of Law at Al-Azhar University Jakarta and Professor of Law in the Graduate Program at University of Indonesia, has launched a website of Indonesian legal commentary and legal research resources: . In a country with improving, but limited, public legal information the Rajagukguk website will be a useful complement to the leading digital legal information portal, Hukumonline:

Miles Hawks (J.D. ’09) Join Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Tokyo Office

Congratulations to Miles Hawks (J.D., LL.M. ’09) who will join Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Tokyo office as an Associate this year. Miles joins UW alumni Mork Murdock (J.D. ’04) and Christopher Kodama (J.D. ’06), making this three UW Law School alumni in an international office of twelve. Miles, Mork and Christopher all completed their J.D.s with a concentration in Asian Law and with an emphasis on professional-level Japanese language. They are great ambassadors for the Law School.

Lombardi Leads Conference Entitled "Islamic Law in the Courts: Judicial Interpretation of Shari`a in Modern States"

Professor Clark Lombardi

In June 2009, the law school hosted a scholarly conference entitled "Islamic Law in the Courts: Judicial Interpretation of Shari`a in modern states." The conference was organized by Associate Professor Clark Lombardi and attended by leading specialists in Islamic law from around the world. The conference was underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York along with the Henry Luce Foundation's Program in Religion and International Affairs, a number of regional studies programs and centers based at the Jackson School and the University of Washington Law School's Ted Stein Memorial Fund. With its historic strengths in Asian and Comparative law and Development law, the University of Washington Law School has been a pioneer in the study of law in the Islamic world.

At this conference, experts from around the world (all specializing in different parts of the Muslim world) presented translations of a contemporary court case and an analysis of it. Panelists also discussed the methodological challenges of studying court cases, and some lessons that that the study so far has taught to scholars and policy makers. The goal of the conference was, ultimately, to seed the ground for a long-term, international, interdisciplinary study of Islamic law as it actually applies in the courts of Muslim countries. Such a project will have both theoretical implications for academics and policy implications for nations around the world.

Jungmihn Ahn (LL.M '07 ) Joins the Faculty at Hallym University Division of Law and Public Administration

Jungmihn Ahn

Follwing her graduation from the LL.M. Program, Jungmihn Ahn (LL.M '07 ) Joined the law faculty at Hallym University Division of Law and Public Administration. Dr. Ahn's comparative research and publications focus on the regulation of telecommunications and the broadcasting indutry in the U.S., Japan and Korea.

Jingjing Zhang delivers 2009 Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture: "Law and the Environmental Movement in China"

Zhang Jingjing, Litigation Director, Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims 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.

UW Law School Hosts Korean Constitutional Court President The Hon. Kang-Kook Lee

Korean Constitutional Court President The Hon. Kang-Kook Lee with Dean Hicks and Prof. Kang

In May 2009, the UW School of Law hosted the Hon. Kang-Kook Lee, president of Korea's Constitutional Court. President Lee delivered an address on the court entitled "The Korean Constitutional Court: History & Challenges," and discussed the establishment, jurisdiction and cases handled by the Korean Constitutional Court.

The Korean Constitutional Court, established in 1988, recently hosted an International Symposium in celebration of its 20th anniversary which brought together the heads of constitutional organs of thirty countries and six regional commissions. President Lee has had a long and distinguished career in the judiciary, including serving as a Justice on the Korean Supreme Court and as the Minister of Court Administration. He has been serving as the President of the Korean Constitutional Court since 2007.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Legislating Equality in Korean Education: The Politics of We-Hwa-Gahm?

On May 6, 2009 (115 William H. Gates Hall, 12:30-1:20pm), Professor Ilhyung Lee from the University of Missouri School of Law examined efforts in Korea to pursue equality in the education system. The Korean Constitution provides for equality before the law. Prof. Lee encouraged an examination of the extent to which Korean law, instead of merely providing for a general anti-discrimination protection, seeks affirmatively to effect equality, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. His focus in this presentation was on efforts to effect equality in a critical and important aspect of Korean life and society -- education. In the education setting, egalitarian policies designed to level the playing field for all Koreans seem to reflect the Korean desire to avoid “incongruity” or “disharmony” resulting from unequal positions, or we-hwa-gahm. The discussion encouraged further attention to the relationship between law and societal norms in the Korean setting.

Professor Ilhyung Lee is Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law at University of Missouri School of Law, specializing in Comparative Constitutional Law, Cross-cultural Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Arbitration, and intellectual property law (Trademarks and Copyright). Professor Lee previously held positions with Cravath, Swaine & Moore (New York) and Kim & Chang (Seoul, Korea), as well as clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Parliamentary Assistance and Institutional Reform in Indonesia -- From Rubber Stamp towards a Representative Legislature

In April 2009, Dr. Frank Feulner, Asian Law Center Research Fellow, addressed parliamentary institutional development and reform in Indonesia. There are only few studies of how the core democratic institutions in Indonesia actually work, and attention and support to parliamentary development remains small. Dr. Feulner argued that strong legislatures contribute to stronger democracies and shows how legislatures can be assisted in their efforts. Based on first-hand experience, he portrayed the changes in the Indonesian parliament since the fall of the authoritarian Suharto regime and the current challenges, and highlighted the entry points for parliamentary development assistance, particularly to further norms and standards for democratic standards.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Seeking Justice Through International Institutions -- A Look at the Efforts of Japan’s NGOS Before the UN Human Rights Committee

Professor Lawrence Repeta

On April 22, 2009 (117 William H. Gates Hall, 12:30-1:20pm), Lawrence Repeta, Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor of Asian Law, described the work of Japanese NGOs, especially the role played by the national bar association, and the significance of UN treaty monitoring in Japan.

Can Japan deliver real guarantees for the fundamental human rights proclaimed by its laws? Recent developments suggest cause for hope. In the latest round of an ongoing battle to enforce international norms in Japan, lawyers and activists presented a powerful case before the UN Human Rights Committee. Their work led to October 2008 comments from the Committee criticizing Japan’s failures to take action to remedy several longstanding human rights problems.

An alumnus of the Law School, Professor Repeta teaches at Omiya Law School, Japan, and has practiced law and conducted research in the United States and Japan since 1979. He is also the founding director of Information Clearinghouse Japan, an NGO devoted to promoting open government in Japan. The focus of his advocacy and research is transparency in government, and he is an expert on matters of privacy, security and freedom of information.

Afghan Legal Educators Program Hosts Dean and Professor from Kabul University Shari’a Faculty

Dean Mohammad Gran and Prof. Lutforahman Saeed of the Shari’a Faculty of Kabul University

Dean Mohammad Gran and Prof. Lutforahman Saeed of the Shari’a Faculty of Kabul University visited the University of Washington School of Law for two weeks in April 2009 under the auspices of the Afghan Legal Educators Project. They met with faculty members from the Law School and other UW departments and attended courses. They also met with faculty in the UWLS clinical law program about the possibility of establishing clinical law programs in Kabul. Dean Gran delivered an address to approximately 70 people at the University of Puget Sound on Islamic Law and Women's Rights in Afghanistan, co-sponsored by the UPS departments of Religion; Spirituality, Service and Social Justice; Politics and Government; and Gender Studies. Prof. Saeed addressed students in Prof. Clark Lombardi’s Contemporary Islamic Legal Systems class on the topic of Customary Law in Afghanistan. They also visited Federal Court in Seattle where they observed a pro se litigant trial and traveled to Olympia where they met with legislators and observed legislative proceedings.

Professor Dongsheng Zang Delivers Symposium Lunch Address on China’s Environmental Footprint in Africa

Professors Zang and Lombardi

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.

Pioneer Cohort of Female Legal Professionals from Afghanistan Joins Afghan Legal Educators Program

WA Governor Gregoire and visiting Afghan women legal educators

In April 2009 the Afghan Legal Educators Program brought to the U.S. a cohort comprised solely of female legal professionals from Afghanistan for a two week study tour at the University of Washington School of Law followed by several days in Washington, DC.

In Seattle they attended several short courses taught by UWLS faculty in a variety of subjects, visited local and federal courts, and observed tribal court and met with tribal court officials (coordinated by the Law School’s Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic). They spent two days in Olympia observing legislative sessions and meeting the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Supreme Court justices, legislators and other state officials. The cohort also had many opportunities for informal interaction with UW faculty, staff and students as well as members of the community and local bar, including a reception hosted by Fenwick & West LLP.

In Washington, DC the women toured the Capitol, the Supreme Court and enjoyed a private meeting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They attended a tea hosted by Said T. Jawad, the Ambassador of Afghanistan and met with several officials at the Library of Congress on the topic of publicly accessible web-based research resources.

Supporting the Next Generation of Legal Scholars in Taiwan

Since our first Ph.D. graduate from Taiwan more than three decades ago (David M. Huang, Ph.D. ‘75), rising stars in Taiwanese law continue to engage in important research and pursue their doctoral degrees with the Asian Law Center. We acknowledge with thanks the supportive role played by Associate Dean Tay-sheng Wang (LL.M. 1990, Ph.D. 1992) at National Taiwan University in identifying and encouraging young scholars of promise.

Among our current Ph.D. cohort, four candidates are from Taiwan. Judge Tao-Chou (Paul) Chang examines the politics and performance of Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Court; Chuan-ju (Ariel) Cheng is writing about the contemporary indigenous self-government movement in Taiwan and possible legal models for its success; Shin-Rou Lin is conducting empirical research on the Taiwanese government’s public health policy in relation to infectious disease and forced hospitalization; and Hsin-Yang Wu focuses on official language legislation in modern states from a human rights perspective, especially with regard to language rights and equal protection of minorities, indigenous peoples, and immigrants.

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.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: An Introduction to the Electronic Financial Transaction Act of Korea and the Liability of Financial Institutes for Unauthorized Electronic Financial Transaction

On March 3, 2009, Professor Gyung –Young Jung from Sungkyunkwan University School of Law, Seoul, Korea, offered an overview of the Electronic Financial Transaction Act of Korea and discuss issues concerning the liability of financial institutes for unauthorized electronic financial transactions. Prof. Jung specializes in commercial law including corporations, insurance law, negotiable instruments, and financial law. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in law from Seoul National University. A well accomplished scholar, Professor Jung sits on several journal editorial boards, is the VP for Korea Payment & Settlement Association, is the Commissioner of the Ministry of Justice Electronic Negotiable Instrument Dispute Settlement Council and is a member of the Ministry of Justice Legislative Committee for Special Act of Commercial Law.

Japanese Partnerships on Sustainable Development in Asia

The Center is actively engaged in important partnerships in Japan with lawyers and legal institutions supporting legal reform in Asia. A number of Asian Law Center Japanese alumni are now leaders in the fields of Asian law, development and legal technical assistance in Japan, including Judge Masahiro Iseki (ret) (LL.M. ‘70), Professor and attorney Toshiro Ueyanagi (LL.M. ’90) and Japan International Cooperation Agency lawyer, Yoichi Shio (LL.M. '04).

In 2008 the Center expanded key partnerships with colleagues at Kobe University and with the Center for Asian Legal Exchange at Nagoya University. Both Asian Law Center Director Veronica Taylor and Professor Jon Eddy were Visiting Professors at Kobe during 2008, teaching Law and Development and Asian Law courses--Taylor at the Faculty of Law and Eddy at Kobe’s Faculty of International Development Studies. In 2009-10, the Center hosts a reciprocal year-long research visit by Professor Yuka Kaneko from Kobe University, a rising star among Japanese scholars focused on Asia, law and development.

Veronica Taylor spent part of her 2008 sabbatical as Visiting Professor at Nagoya University’s Center for Asian Legal Exchange. This visit yielded a joint collaboration on a conference in March 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to launch a Comparative Law Association in Cambodia.

Ishida (Ph.D. '06) Appointed as a Faculty Member at Waseda University

Dr. Kyoko Ishida

We congratulate Dr. Kyoko Ishida (Ph.D. '06), who was recently appointed to the faculty of Waseda University, after serving as a Research Associate at Waseda University Institute of Comparative Law. Her dissertation on 'Japanese Lawyers and Japanese Justice – Ethics and Regulations of Japanese Lawyers in a New Century' examines the ethical standards and regulation of various professionals other than attorneys (bengoshi) licensed to provide certain legal services in Japan, and the implications for access to justice in Japan. Ishida is active in several legal sociology research projects in Japan and is developing ground-breaking follow-on research in the areas of access to justice.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Current Trends in Legal Education in Afghanistan

Visiting Afghan legal educators

On February 19, 2009, Prof. Jon Eddy and eight visiting Afghan legal educators discussed legal education in Afghanistan, focusing on legal education in the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Shari’a, on their relationship with other legal institutions, and on legal careers in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Legal Educators Program at the University of Washington School of Law provides opportunities for advanced training to Afghan legal educators and works to support Afghan legal education in a variety of ways, building relationships between Afghan law and Shari’a (Islamic law) faculties and their counterparts in America and throughout the world. The Program hosted eight participants in 2008-09 including faculty from Balkh, Herat, Kabul and Al-Biruni universities.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: The Wonderful Invisible World of Nanotechnology and Its Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Concerns

On February 11, 2009, Luca Escoffier, CASRIP Fellow and IP Advisor (former) for The Consortium for the Centre of Molecular Biomedicine, Trieste, Italy, presented an overview of the path that innovations follow from their conception to their potential marketability, focusing on legal and regulatory issues. The interaction and convergence among physics, chemistry, and biology is a challenge not just from a scientific point of view. The uniqueness of nanotechnology research lies in the novel hurdles that all people involved in this sector have to overcome. The difficulties faced by researchers are just the beginning of a long way of obstacles that this kind of innovations experience while going from the bench to the market.  Mr. Escoffier shared his proposals as to the most effective exploitation of the research in this field.

Luca Escoffier is a former IP Advisor with the Consortium for the Centre of Molecular Biomedicine in Trieste, Italy. He holds his Italian law degree from the University of Parma, and a Master of Laws from WIPO Academy and the University of Turin. Mr. Escoffier is also pursuing a Ph.D. in IP law at Queen Mary, University of London. Visiting with us as a CASRIP fellow, Mr. Escoffier is conducting a comparative research of patents and the regulation and valuation of nanotechnology inventions.

Workshop on Creating Islamic Lawyers and Judges: Islamic Law in the Law Schools and Judicial Training Academies of Muslim Southeast Asia

(L to R) Prof. Richard Cullen (Hong Kong Univresity),Prof. Mark Cammack (Southwestern Law School and UW Affiliate faculty member ) and Prof. Clark Lombardi at the 2008 ASLI conference in Singapore

Professor Lombardi, together with Professors Michael Feener of the National University of Singapore and Mark Cammack at Southwestern Law School, hosted a conference at NUS in February 2009, analyzing patterns in the teaching of Islamic law in Indonesia and Malaysia as well as the impact of this teaching on court decisions. Developing a picture of changing Islamic legal education for legal professionals in the region is a necessary first step toward understanding how Islamic lawyers and Muslim judges view their own social roles and how Muslim judges formulate their decisions.

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.

Veronica Taylor Appointed Chair of the Japan Foundation American Advisory Committee

Professor Veronica Taylor

Professor Taylor has been appointed as the Chair of the Japan Foundation American Advisory Committee. The Japan Foundation, funded primarily by the Japanese government, is the leading organization worldwide supporting research and language education relating to Japan. The University of Washington is one of ten universities in the United States originally endowed with Japan Foundation funds to create pre-eminent Japanese studies programs.

Indigenous Legal Scholar Graduates with Ph.D.

Dr Chih-Wei Tsai (Awi Mona)

Dr. Chih-Wei Tsai (Awi Mona) (Ph.D. '07), a member of the Sediq (Atayal) tribe of Taiwan, worked as a Legislative Assistant at the Legislative Yuan from 1999 to 2001, and played a pivotal role in the advancement of Aboriginal legislation in Taiwan. His research focused on international human rights and organizations and indigenous peoples' rights in Taiwan. We congratulate Dr. Tsai (Awi Mona) for successful defense of his dissertation: 'Principles of Aboriginal Title and Self-Determination: Legal Justification for Indigenous Self-Government in Taiwan.' Following completion of his Ph.D., he was appointed as Assistant Professor at the National Taitung University, Graduate Institute of Austronesian Studies.

Disability Rights in Asia Conference

Former Pennsylvania Governor, U.S. Attorney General and United Nations Under-Secretary-General Dick Thornburgh spoke at the UW School of Law on Thursday, April 24, 2008. His keynote address, "Globalizing a Response to Disability Discrimination," is part of a two day symposium held at the law school focusing on disability rights in Asia.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Parental Child Abduction to Japan: Prospects for Change?

On November 7, 2008, Professor Colin Jones from Doshisha University Law School, Kyoto, Japan, discussed current issues involved in seeking the return of children from Japan. Japan, unlike more than 75 countries that have agreed to return children abducted to another country by one parent in violation of custody arrangements, is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Recently, Japan announced its plans to join the Convention as early as 2010. Prof. Jones examined what changes the Hague Convention might bring about.

Professor Jones graduated from UC Berkeley and received his J.D. from Duke University Law School. After working at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP and other law firms, he joined the Doshisha University Law School to teach American torts, contracts and business law.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia

On October 23, 2008, David T. Johnson, Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii, discussed the main findings of his co-authored book (with Franklin Zimring) The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Jan. 2009). His previous book, The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan received awards from the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology.

Professors Johnson and Zimring (UC Berkeley) launched their study believing Asia is the next frontier in the two-century debate about state execution as a criminal punishment. Despite huge variations in death penalty practice throughout Asia, two general patterns suggest a tendency toward reduced reliance on capital punishment and increased ambivalence about its appropriateness. First, in most of those Asian nations that retain death as a criminal sanction, its use is rare and has little or no importance for crime control. Second, the main death penalty trend among Asian nations is toward fewer executions over time. The biggest issue about the future of capital punishment in Asia may concern when rather than whether it will cease.  The talk was co- sponsored by the Asian Law Center, Gates Public Service Law Program, Innocence Project Northwest, The Center for Human Rights and Justice and the International Law Society.

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.

Professor Lawrence Repeta Named 2008-09 Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law

Professor Lawrence Repeta

During the 2008-09 academic year, Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor Lawrence Repeta teamed with Veronica Taylor to teach Japanese Law, and offered a new course in comparative constitutional law . An alumnus of the Law School, Professor Repeta teaches at Omiya Law School, Japan, and has practiced law and conducted research in the United States and Japan since 1979. He is also the founding director of Information Clearinghouse Japan, an NGO devoted to promoting open government in Japan. The focus of his advocacy and research is transparency in government, and he is an expert on matters of privacy, security and freedom of information.

Center Co-sponsors the 14th Annual Conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association

The 14th annual conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association took place at the University of Washington, Seattle from June 27 to 29 of 2008, with the support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the Asian Law Center and the East Asia Center at the University of Washington. The conference titled “Translating the Political, Re-envisioning the Social: What’s the Next Turn for Taiwan?” invited scholars and students to reexamine the latest development of democratic politics and social empowerment in Taiwan. Participants included scholars from the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Japan and Europe as well as several faculty members and researchers specialized in Asian Studies from the greater Seattle area.

"Law in Japan: A Turning Point" Published as Part of the UW Press Asian Law Series

Congratulations to Daniel H. Foote, University of Tokyo Professor of Law and former Asian Law Center Professor 1988-2000 on the publication of Law in Japan: A Turning Point (2008) as part of the UW Press Asian Law Series. The comprehensive volume, edited by Professor Foote and Asian Law Center staff, includes contributions from several UW Law School faculty and alumni. It explores major developments in Japanese law over the latter half of the twentieth century and looks ahead to the future. Modeled on the classic work Law in Japan: The Legal Order in a Changing Society (1963), edited by Arthur Taylor von Mehren, it features the work of thirty-five leading legal experts on most of the major fields of Japanese law, with special attention to the increasingly important areas of environmental law, health law, intellectual property, and insolvency. It is the only volume to take inventory of the key areas of Japanese law and their development since the 1960s, and has already become an important reference tool and starting point for research on the Japanese legal system.

Collaboration with Judicial Yuan to Enhance Established Scholarly Exchanges with Taiwanese Legal Professionals

Judicial Yuan

The Law School and the Asian Law Center hosts a number of Taiwanese Judges, prosecutors, government officials and attorneys as Visiting Scholars each year. Our recently executed collaborative agreement with the Judicial Yuan of Taiwan (May 2008) will enhance our existing scholarly exchanges.

We also collaborate with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle to host many visitors from Taiwan. Recent distinguished visitors included Mr. Rih-Sheng Tsai, Deputy-Director of Administrative Enforcement Agency and Mr. Ying-hung Chou, Director of the Taichung Branch, Administrative Enforcement Agency (June 2007), himself an alumnus of the LL.M in Asian and Comparative Law Program (2000).

J. H. Jerry Zhu Awarded 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award

J.H. Jerry Zhu

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

Mina Titi Liu

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.

First Group of Afghan Scholars Completes Afghan Legal Educators Program

Afghan Professors Wali Mohammad Naseh, Humayoun Rahimi, Menhajuddin Hamed and Mohammad Haroon Mutasem with Professors Jon Eddy and veronica Taylor

In winter 2008, four of the initial nineteen participants became the first group of Afghan scholars and legal educators to complete the program. In their honor, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate with a dinner and ceremony recognizing their accomplishments.

UW Alumna Joins Sungkyunkwan University Law School

Patricia Goedde, SKKU & Tae-Ung Baik, Korea U, at the Topics in Korean Law Conference, December 2006

Dr. Patricia Goedde (J.D. ’98, Ph.D. ‘08) has been appointed as a faculty member at Sungkyunkwan University College of Law. Sungkungkwan is a top tier private law school in Seoul with a distinguished history. Dr Goedde is one of very few female law professor  appointees in Korea. As a researcher with the Asian Law Center, Dr. Goedde co-organized, with Professor Kang and colleauges from Korea University College of Law, the center hosted Topics in Korean Law Conference in Decmber 2006. Her own doctoral dissertation examined how legal activists and citizen movement organizations develop and institutionalize public interest law practice in Korea.

Partnership with Korea University College of Law Flourishes

UWLS and KULS Topics in Korean Law Conference, December 2006

Our partnership with Korea University College of Law has been very active on all fronts: Korea University law students study annually at UW Law School since 2006, and the Center has been hosting visiting Korea University law professors including Zoonil Yi (‘06-‘07), Byung Hyun Yoo (‘07-‘08) and Young-Hwan Chung (‘08-‘09). UW Law faculty members provide editorial support for the Korea University College of Law English-language law journal, and the two institutions hosted a joint conference on Topics in Korean Law in Seattle (December 2006).

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.

Global Business Courses Focus on Japan

Professors Rick Guineee and John (Jody) Chafee

Japan remains at the forefront of Asian Law Center teaching and research. Professor John (Jody) Chafee and Professor Rick Guinee continue to offer their International Contracting course in response to strong student demand. This course provides practical experience in drafting and negotiating international agreements through team negotiation with counterpart teams of Japanese law students. The course takes advantage of the technologically-advanced William Gates Hall by video-conferencing with Professor Daniel Foote and law students at the University of Tokyo. Professors Guinee and Chafee have also piloted a new course in International Mergers and Acquisitions utilizing a practicum approach. The course follows a hypothetical business transaction between a Japanese company and a U.S. company, from its earliest stages through to its closing. Here as well, the majority of class sessions are video-conferenced with a class of students in Japan.

Fulbright Fellowship to Research in China Awarded to Professor Jane Winn

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.

Afghan Legal Educators Participate in Legal Conferences Around the U.S.

ALE scholars meet with U.S. State Department officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss the challenges of integrating Shari’a, customary and secular law

Throughout the program, Afghan Legal Educators Program participants have participated in legal conferences around the US, including at Harvard, University of South Carolina and Washington & Lee University. They also participated in several State Department forums in Washington, D.C. to discuss the challenges of integrating Shari’a, customary and secular law. Several scholars have also attended the annual American Association of Law Schools conference where they shared ideas with colleagues from around the US and the world and collected textbooks to rebuild law libraries at their home institutions.

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.

Afghan Legal Educators Program and Native American Center Initiative

Prof. Mutasem and Kathleen Bowman, Director of the Office of Navajo Public Defender, Window Rock, Arizona

Our collaboration with the Law School’s Native American Center and the Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic provides a unique opportunity for a dialogue between Native American tribal justice leaders and the Afghan legal community about analogous challenges faced by the Afghan legal system and the tribal legal systems in the U.S. Working together with Professor Ron Whitener, Director of Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic and Molly Cohan, Clinic Supervisor, we are optimistic that Native American tribal justice systems can be innovative models to accommodate tribal customs within a larger democratic system in Afghanistan.

Participants in the Afghan Legal Educators Program have been introduced first hand to several tribal models. They visited the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in La Conner, WA, where they attended Tribal Court and met with Chief Judge M. Pouley and several tribal attorneys and members of the Swinomish Senate. A visit to the Tulalip Tribes headquarters in Marysville, WA , provided participants training on the Tulalip justice system and culture and provided examples of how the Tulalip Tribes have dealt with the challenge of maintaining traditional tribal law values in a modern court system.

Since 2007, several participants have joined Tribal Clinic law students at a week long training at the Navajo Nation in Arizona where they have worked with the Office of Navajo Public Defender, Navajo Court System and the Dine' Policy Institute. In fall 2007, Chief Justice (Emeritus) of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, Robert Yazzie, visited the Law School and held a workshop with ALE participants and UW faculty to discuss strategies for discovery and implementation of fundamental law from a comparative perspective of the history and culture of both Afghanistan and the Native American tribes in the U.S. Justice Yazzie, in turn, invited Professor Eddy and two ALE participants to present at a later symposium at the Dine Policy Institute.

Formal Partnerships Established with Top Korean Law Schools

Dean Ho of SNU and Dean Hicks

During 2006-07 the Law School and the Asian Law Center signed collaborative agreements with top Korean law departments, including Korea University (April 2006), Seoul National University (October 2007), Sungkyunkwan University –BK 21 Project Team (April 2007), and Yeungnam University (September 2007). These partnerships will allow us to exchange faculty and students, to develop joint research and teaching, and to hold joint conferences, workshops and publications.

UWLS — NTU Partnership Strengthened

Deans Hicks and Tsai during NTU visit, September 2007

During their October 2006 visit to Taiwan, our former Dean, WH (‘Joe’) Knight and faculty enjoyed an extended visit to National Taiwan University Law Faculty. There, Dean Ming-cheng Tsai (a former UW Visiting Scholar) and Associate Dean Tay-sheng Wang (LL.M. 1990, Ph.D. 1992) extended a warm welcome. The conversation was wide-ranging, and included developing the outline for a new collaborative agreement between the two schools.

We executed a formal collaborative agreement in July 2007, and have since been exchanging students engaged in comparative legal studies. In the 2008-09 academic year we also welcomed Professor Jau-Yuan Huang, who is working with Professor Dongsheng Zang to examine comparative constitutionalism and international human rights in East Asia.

We had the pleasure of seeing Dean Tsai, Associate Dean Wang, and Professors Jau-yuan Hwang and Wen-chen Chang again, when they made a reciprocal visit to Seattle in September 2007. Their visit allowed us to continue developing areas of joint research and teaching that are of interest for both of our schools.

Supreme Court of Korea Honors Gallagher Law Library with Gift and New Arrangement

Beginning with the 2007-08 academic year, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea has designated the Gallagher Law Library as an "Overseas Contact Library," one of a privileged few in the world.  The first fruit of this enhanced relationship was a gift of 137 volumes of up-to-date books and journals on the Korean legal system, focusing especially on the judicial branch and the decisions of the Supreme Court.  Many of these materials are the only library copies in the world outside of Korea, and they should greatly enhance the field of Korean Legal Studies at the UW. 

The Supreme Court's gift adds to what is already one of the largest and best collections of Korean legal materials in North America, complementing a world-renowned Korean Studies Collection in the University of Washington Libraries.

Center Faculty Participate in UW China Initiative

Ambassador Zhou and Vice President of the UW’s China office Hank Wang

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.

Takenaka Continues to Lead Comparative Intellectual Property Education

Professor Toshiko Takenaka

Professor Toshiko Takenaka, Washington Research Foundation Simpson Professor in Technology Law and Director of the Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), continues to teach annually as a Visiting Professor at Waseda University Law School in Tokyo. She also taught comparative intellectual property, competition policy and U.S. and Japan patent law at the University of Tokyo and at the Osaka Institute of Technology summer schools. Under her direction, CASRIP joined the Research Center for the Legal System of Intellectual Property of Waseda Law School in sponsoring an international innovation policy conference in Tokyo in December 2006 and a transnational intellectual property seminar and conference held at Waseda Law School in March 2007. Professor Takenaka remains a featured speaker before groups in the United States, Italy, and Asia, including at Hokkaido University, the Institute of Innovation Research at Hitotsubashi University, Keio University, Tokyo Medical Dental University, National Yunlin University in Taiwan, Seoul National University, the Japan IP High Court, the Korean Institute of Intellectual Property and IP and patent associations in Japan and Korea.

Under her directorship, the CASRIP annual summer institute continues to draw more than 60 participants from Asia, Europe, and the United States and includes representatives from Hitachi, Bayer A.G., Toshiba, the Max Planck Institute, the courts, and patent offices in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Professor Takenaka has organized the summer institute since 1994. The institute culminates in the High Technology Protection Summit Conference, a two-day program that brings together experts from around the world to discuss cutting-edge legal issues in intellectual property law.

Rob Britt, The Gallagher Law Library Japanese Legal Materials Specialist, Celebrates 20 Years at the Library

Rob Britt with Visiting Japanese Students

Rob Britt, The Gallagher Law Library Japanese Legal Materials Specialist, celebrated his 20-year anniversary at the library in July 2007. Typically (and suitably), at the time he was off representing the Library in Australia -- making presentations on Japanese legal research and doing a professional evaluation of the Japanese law collection at the University of Melbourne. In addition to performing excellent work on Japanese collection development, cataloging, reference, web work and teaching, in recent years Rob has been active in the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) and the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC).

"Current Issues in Indonesian Law" Conference Honoring the Late UW Professor Emeritus Daniel S. Lev

The Late UW Professor Emeritus Daniel S. Lev

In July 2006 we lost UW Professor Emeritus Daniel S. Lev, our friend and preeminent colleague in the field of Southeast Asian Law and Politics. A specialist in the comparative politics, legal systems and human rights of Southeast Asia, Dan’s research on Indonesian law and politics was seminal. He set standards for both scholars and law reformers.

In his honor, the University of Washington School of Law Asian Law Center, in collaboration with University of Indonesia Faculty of Law held a memorial conference in Seattle in February 2007 featuring many of his Indonesian colleagues and former students. The conference brought together many esteemed guests and colleagues to discuss a broad range of topics from law and politics in Indonesia to economic development to land reform. Noted speakers included Hikmahanta Juwana, Dean of the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law, Erman Rajagukguk, Dean of Al-Azar University Law Faculty (LL.M. ‘84, Ph.D. ‘89), Adnan Uyung Nasution and Yunus Husein, to name a few.

Griffith Way (J.D. ’48, LL.M. ’68) Honored with the Order of the Rising Sun by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan

In spring of 2007, an imperial honor was awarded to alumnus Griffith Way (J.D. ’48, LL.M. ’68) in recognition of his long-standing support to increase economic and cultural development between the United States and Japan. Way, who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first graduating class of LL.M. in Japanese law in 1968, received the coveted Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from Kazuo Tanaka, Consul General of Japan in Seattle. For over 40 years, Way spent about six months each year in Asia as a practicing attorney in association with the Tokyo law firm of Blakemore & Mitsuki, and was instrumental in bringing Japan into the Washington State International Trade Fair in 1957. In 1990, with Thomas Blakemore and his wife Frances, Way helped establish the Blakemore Foundation where he continues to this day to strengthen American and Japanese ties.

Chang Rok Woo Awarded 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dean Knight presenting Chang Rok Woo with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award

At the 2007 Alumni Recognition Banquet the Law School celebrated the accomplishments of Mr. Chang Rok Woo, who received his LL.M in Asian and Comparative Law in 1983. Dean Knight presented Mr. Woo with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni award in recognition of his civic, professional, and community service. Chang Rok Woo is the founding partner and current managing partner at Yulchon, one of the largest and fastest-growing full-service law firms in Korea. Under C.R.’s leadership Yulchon has grown to more then 140 professionals. In addition to his executive duties as managing partner, C.R. has an active tax law practice and is widely regarded as a preeminent specialist in the tax field.  In addition to being an active member and past president of the International Association of Korean Lawyers, C.R. volunteers for many educational and charitable organizations. For six years he has been the president of the University of Washington Alumni Association in Korea, and in that role, he conducted the first Korean alumni homecoming at the UW in 2001. C.R. has also led the fundraising campaign for the University’s Korea Study Center.

UWLS Indonesian Alumni Meet

Around table counter clockwise: Andjar Pachta, Melda Kamil Ariadno, Carmen B. Soedarmawan; Kurnia Toha, Henwira Halim, Erman Rajagukguk

On May 23 2007, over 50 Indonesian alumni and friends of the Law School gathered in Jakarta. In his welcoming remarks, Mr Arief Surowijojo (LLM ’84), name partner of leading Indonesian law firm Lubis, Ganie Surowijojo observed that this was the first time that UWLS alumni in Jakarta had gathered formally as a cohort and that it marked a real opportunity to build on professional ties and strengthen the Indonesian legal profession.

UW law alumni in Indonesia are among the leading names in government and private practice and have also featured consistently in legal reform debates and initiatives. Mr Surowijojo is a leading figure in commercial legal practice in Indonesia who is also a key supporter for the leading legal reform NGO, PSHK (Center for Indonesian Law and Policy Studies). In his remarks, Mr Surowijojo acknowledged the most senior alumnus present, Ms Sri Indrastuti Hadiputranto (LLM ‘81) name partner of Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners(the Baker and McKenzie affiliate in Jakarta). Ibu Tuti Hadiputranto is well-known in Indonesia for the uncompromising integrity of her practice. In his remarks, Dr. Rajagukguk, Dean of Al-Azar University Law Faculty (LLM ‘84, PhD ‘88) remembered Emeritus Professor Daniel S. Lev and his immense influence in recruiting outstanding students to UW in politics and law. Professor Veronica Taylor (LLM ’92) introduced Professors Jon Eddy (J.D. ‘69) and Clark Lombardi who attended the reunion, and two of the most recent Indonesian PhD graduates of the Law School, Dr Tomi Suryo (PhD ‘06) and Dr. Kurnia Toha (PhD ’07). The Indonesian alumni reunion was supported by Professor Melda Kamil Ariadno (LLM ‘95, PhD in progress) and her colleagues at the Center for International Law, University of Indonesia. Under the leadership of Dr. Rajagukguk and colleagues our Indonesian alumni committed to formalizing a UWLS Indonesia Alumni Association in the near future.

Judge Masahiro Iseki (LL.M. ‘70) Awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star by Emperor of Japan

Judge Masahiro Iseki

In winter 2007, retired Judge Masahiro Iseki (LL.M. ‘70) was awarded an imperial honor by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan in recognition of their distinguished careers and public service and was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, for his judicial work. Judge Iseki was one of the law school’s earliest LL.M. graduates from Japan. He had a distinguished career in the Japanese judiciary, culminating in his work as a presiding judge on the Osaka High Court. His expertise in law and the judicial system extends beyond Japan, and although officially retired, he continues to provide technical legal expertise to Asian nations such as Vietnam on behalf of the Japan International Development Agency. Judge Iseki also continues to teach litigation at Kansai University School of Law.

Judge Iseki has been active in the Japanese chapter of the UW Law School Alumni Association. In 2001-02 he returned to the UW as a visiting scholar to teach Japanese law and work with Professor Veronica Taylor. His visit made possible a moot court in Japanese law where students litigated an actual case on appeal to the Osaka High Court before the decision was handed down in Japan.

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Chan Jin Kim (Ph.D. ’72)

Dr. CJ Kim during class at UWLS

The Law School has been privileged to host Dr. Chan Jin Kim during 2005-08; in 2007 he taught a cutting edge course on Korean Law and Economic Development at the Law School. Dr. Kim is a former National Assembly Member of the Republic of Korea, founder of a leading international legal practice, and the author of several significant books on Korean commercial law and trade. He was the first graduate of the UW Ph.D. Program in Asian and Comparative Law. His book Economic Development and Law in Korea, developed during his time at the UW Law School, was published in 2009.

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.

Alumnus Tung Thanh Ngo Returns to Pursue Ph.D. Degree

After earning an LL.M. in Asian and Comparative Law from the University of Washington School of Law in 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar, Tung Thanh Ngo, who also holds an LL.B. from Ho Chi Minh City University (1995), returned to Vietnam and continues to contribute to the development of the legal profession Vietnam. Known as a visionary leader in government and business circles, Ngo is a strong advocate for an adversarial justice system and steadily pushes to adopt greater transparency and consistency in the application of law within Vietnam’s developing legal system. He returns to the UW Law School Asian and Comparative Law Program to pursue a Ph.D. in 2009.

Since 1999, Ngo has been the Managing Partner of the biggest Vietnamese law firm in Vietnam – VILAF-Hong Duc (Vietnam International Law Firm). Under his leadership, VILAF has transformed from an affiliate of Clifford Chance to an independent commercial firm in Vietnam.

Empowering Rural Communities: Legal Aid and the Rule of Law in Rural China

Delivering Legal Training in Anxiang Province

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).

First Cohort of Afghan Law Professors Arrives in Seattle in Summer 2006

Completion, Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice, University of Washington School of Law , August 2006. Participating faculty from the Faculties of Shari’a and Politics and Law, Kabul, Herat and Balkh Universities with UW faculty and ALE Project staff.

Following a year of English instruction in Kabul provided by the Afghan Legal Educators Program, nineteen Afghan professors arrived in Seattle in the summer of 2006 to attend the University of Washington Law School’s Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice and to undergo intensive advanced English training and introduction to the U.S. legal system.

In fall 2006 participants engaged in individualized courses of study which included auditing law classes, learning modern legal research techniques, including use of electronic research, and continuing English training. The group also visited legal institutions such as local, state, federal and tribal courts and correctional facilities.

UW Law School Alumni Association Japan Chapter Formalizes

Renewed energy of our Japanese alumni culminated to formalize the Japan Chapter as our first formally constituted alumni association outside the United States. Law School alumni in Japan have met regularly in the past under the leadership of Tasuku Matsuo (LL.M.’69), and in June 2006 gathered in Osaka and Tokyo to launch the Japan Chapter of the UW Law School Alumni Association. They were joined by faculty alumnae Professor Veronica Taylor (LL.M. ’92), Professor Toshiko Takenaka (LL.M. ’90, Ph.D. ’92) and Professor Jonathan Kang.

Attendees expressed a strong interest in supporting potential applicants to the law school as well as providing opportunities for them to interact with their fellow alumni when they return to Japan. The new chapter also wants to inform practitioners and legal scholars on opportunities for advanced training at the Seattle campus and develop a wide range of programs, activities, and events in Japan. As Professor Taylor observed “our international alumni form one of the law school’s most valuable assets, and our Japanese alumni are our largest group of graduates outside the United States. We are committed to partnering with our alumni colleagues in Japan to strengthen the UW profile among promising students, practitioners, and academic colleagues.”

Much of the preparatory work for the meeting was done by Professor Takenaka who serves on the Japan Alumni Association Organizing Committee with Katsuya Natori (LL.M. ’90)(chair), Takamitsu Shigetomi (LL.M.’03) Yoriko Noma (LL.M. ’92), Yuki Terazawa (LL.M. ’99), and Tomohito Ihara (CASRIP Research Fellow’96)(Secretary).

Taiwanese Law Collection at the Gallagher Law Library Continues to Grow

Supreme Prosecutors' Office of Taiwan book contribution, June 2006

The Law Library at UW is widely recognized as one of the finest Taiwanese law collection outside Taiwan, and continues to enjoy the support of Taiwanese legal professionals. Colleagues from the Supreme Prosecutors' Office of Taiwan, who visited with us in June 2005 with Prosecutor General Wu, returned in June 2006 to generously contribute several books to our East Asian Library Department. In September 2006 we were honored to host Chief Judge Hung Chao-Lung from Taiwan Yunlin District Court and a delegation of seventeen Judges from different Taiwanese District Courts who also made a generous donation of fourteen new books in Chinese to our East Asian Library Department.

Alice Stokke Reviews Investor Protection Reforms in Vietnam for the World Bank Doing Business Project

Alice Stokke

Alice Stokke traveled to Hanoi in May 2006 to conduct a 360 degree review of investor protection reforms in Vietnam. Her research included interviewing respondents from a broad spectrum of organizations, including drafters, practitioners, government officials, the international organization officials who oversaw the project and domestic and foreign end users. Sponsored by USAID and Booz Allen Hamilton in cooperation with the World Bank, the final report, co-authored by Veronica Taylor, has been used by the World Bank in its 2007 and 2008 Doing Business Report. The Doing Business project of the World Bank Group provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 181 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.

Center Hosts Week-long Seminar for Afghan Deans and Senior Faculty at the UW Law School

Sharia Dean Abdul Aziz (Kabul) and Fallah (Balkh)

In February 2006, the Afghan Legal Educators Program worked with USAID to sponsor a week-long seminar for Afghan Deans and senior faculty at the UW Law School. Participants were exposed to modern teaching techniques, discussed curriculum reform and law school administration, and visited legal clinics and other legal institutions.

For more than 20 years, political unrest and forced isolation under the Taliban regime deprived most Afghan educators of the opportunity to study outside their country. The Afghan Legal Educators Program offers opportunities to both senior and junior faculty members to travel to Seattle for additional training and to undertake research. “Rule of Law requires stable, robust legal institutions. Helping our Afghan counterparts establish viable legal education is an important project ,” observed Professor Veronica Taylor. “This is the first opportunity in decades for many of these deans to visit a law school in an industrialized country.”

Japan Law Research Workshop: New Directions in Japanese Law

Professor John with former students and UW alums

In October 2005, the Asian Law Center hosted a three day invitational workshop New Directions in Japanese Law for twenty colleagues in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe working on Japanese Law. Workshop participants presented work in progress and unpublished papers on issues ranging from commercial, criminal, and constitutional law in Japan to Japanese legal education and practice.

The workshop brought together many UWLS alums, including Professor John Haley (LL.M. ’71) and former students who followed suit in academia, such as Kyoko Ishida (LL.M. ’06, Ph.D. 2006); Leon Wolf (LL.M. ’96), Lawrence Repeta (J.D. ‘79), Mark Levin (LL.M ’90), Tay-sheng Wang (LL.M. ’90, Ph.D. ’92), Veronica Taylor (LL.M. ’92); Toshiko Takenaka (LL.M. ’90, Ph.D. ’92); and Jody Chafee (J.D. ’91).

Professor Taylor Conducts Comprehensive Diagnostic Survey of of Commercial Law in Vietnam as Part of the USAID/STAR Project

Professor Taylor and team members in Vietenam

During 2005-2006, Professor Veronica Taylor served as the contracts and company law expert on a team of commercial law and trade professionals tasked with conducting an evaluative study for the USAID Support for Trade Acceleration (STAR) Project (with Booz Allen Hamilton) in Southeast Asia. In September 2005, Professor Taylor and team members traveled to Vietnam and conducted a comprehensive Diagnostic of laws, public and private institutions, and social dynamics that pertained to commercial law and trade facilitation environments in Vietnam.

STAR Vietnam is a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide demand-driven technical assistance to Vietnam in implementing the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization agreements and the Trade Investment Framework Agreement in cooperation with the Office of the Government of Vietnam. Since its inception in 2001, USAID/STAR has helped Vietnamese counterparts adjust or develop almost 100 major laws and regulations.

Professor Hualing Fu Named 2005-06 Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law

Hualing Fu

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”.

U.S. Department of State Selects Asian Law Center for Critical Development Project in Afghanistan

Kabul Univrsity against the backdrop of the Hindu Kush

Professors Veronica Taylor, Jon Eddy and Clark Lombardi were awarded an initial $2 million INL grant to support the education and professional development of the personnel of Afghanistan’s universities who teach in the faculties of Shari’a (Islamic Law) and Law and Political Science.

The grant initially funded a three-year project to help rebuild and educate the next generation of Afghanistan’s legal profession, and allow Afghan lawyers to spend time in Seattle as visiting scholars or master’s of laws candidates to learn about the U.S. legal system. As 2007 drew to a close, INL extended the ALE program for an additional 3-year period. This allows additional professors to commence study towards an LL.M degree at the University of Washington School of Law.

The Asian Law Center is uniquely suited to help address the challenges the Afghan justice sector is facing by providing immediate education and training in areas such as comparative law, criminal justice, human rights as well as international studies and anthropology. The center’s extensive work in Southeast Asia – particularly Taylor and Lombardi’s work in Indonesia, has positioned it to work with Afghan lawyers, who have had limited or no exposure to how legal pluralism operates in transition and advanced economies.

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