Asian Law Lecture Series


The Asian Law Center welcomes you to attend the Asian Law Lecture Series.

This series is dedicated to creating a forum for senior academics, both UW-affiliated and visiting, to share their thoughts and research on the latest Asian legal topics with our community of Visiting Scholars, J.D., LL.M., and Ph.D. students, faculty, and partners such as the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

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Autumn 2014

Most events take place from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall. A reception will follow each lecture. Please Note: Lectures may be recorded.

Thursday, October 9 - Asian Law Center Fall Welcome & Reception in Room 447


We cordially invite you to our 2014 welcome. Join us as we:

  • Introduce our Asian Law Center Professors & Lecture Series
  • Welcome new students and visiting scholars
  • Reconnect with other UW departments
  • Meet local professionals & supporters

Tuesday, October 21 - "Fifteen Years of Justice System Reform in Japan." In Room 447.


Daniel H. Foote; Professor of Law, Asian Law Center Co-Director


Daniel H. Foote is a professor of law at the University of Tokyo, serving as the chair in sociology of law. He is also a professor at UW Law, where he is teaching Japanese Law and International Contracting during Autumn & Winter Quarters. Professor Foote graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981 and then clerked at the U.S. District Court and Chief Justice Burger at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before moving to the University of Tokyo in 2000, he taught at the University of Washington for 12 years. Recent works include Law in Japan: A Turning Point (Foote ed.) (University of Washington Press, 2007) and books in Japanese on the comparative judicial process and dispute resolution. Over the past decade, Professor Foote has been heavily involved in Japan’s legal education reform process. He has served on numerous government advisory councils and on the Citizens’ Advisory Council to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Monday, November 17 - Lecture Topic: "Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future." In Room 133, William H. Gates Hall.


Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky


Amb. Barshefsky is WilmerHale's Senior International Partner. She joined the firm after serving as the US Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—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, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace.

She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. Her professional activities include the America-China Society, the Foreign Policy Association, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP for this special lecture here.

Tuesday, November 25 - Lecture Topic: "South Korea-The World's Most Wired Nation: A Real-Life Case Study on Digital Rights and the Internet." In Room 447.


Sang Jo Jong; Professor, Seoul National University; Visiting Professor and Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law, UW Law

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 Sang Jo 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 is visiting UW Law this Autumn Quarter and teaching 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. His doctoral thesis was on the topic “The Legal Protection of Computer Programs with particular reference to U.K., U.S., Japan & Korea.” His research and courses have mostly centered around copyright, trademark, patent, and unfair competition laws.

He also taught comparative intellectual property law at Georgetown University Law Center in 2007 and at Duke Law School in 2003. Prof. Jong’s professional activities include serving in the following positions: Dean of SNU School of Law, a civilian member of the Presidential Council of Intellectual Property, the Director of the SNU Center for Law & Technology, and a Panel Member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. His publication includes titles such as “Contributory Infringement of Patents in Korea, 2 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 287 (2000),” “Property versus Misappropriation: Legal Protection for Databases in Korea, 8 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 75 (2002),” “Criminalization of Netizens for the Access to On-line Music, Journal of Korean Law, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2004),” and “Fair Use: A Tale of Two Cities, Intellectual Property in Common Law and Civil Law (Edward Elgar, Northampton, 2013).”

Wednesday, December 3 - UW Japan Studies Presents: The Griffith & Patricia Way Lecture - "Japan's New 'Jury' System: A Five-Year Progress Report." In KANE HALL 225 at 7:00 p.m.


Daniel H. Foote; Professor of Law, Asian Law Center Co-Director

We are proud to announce that Professor Foote will deliver the 2014 Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture. For registration information, please check the Jackson School Calendar of Events.



Contact Us

Asian Law Center
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
4293 Memorial Way
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
(206) 543-2283

Last updated 11/13/2014