Asian Law Center

Faculty and Staff

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Yong-Sung (Jonathan)  Kang

Yong-Sung (Jonathan) Kang

Affiliate Professor of law

Professor Jonathan Kang is an Associate Professor at Yonsei University, teaching in both the Law School and Underwood International College. ... more

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Joel  Ngugi

Joel Ngugi

Affiliate Professor of law

Professor Ngugi joined the faculty in 2004.  His research interests include the role of law in economic development, the role of governments in market regulation and wealth allocation, and legal reforms in transition and developing economies. He teaches Contracts Law and Contracts Theory, Public and Private International Law (including courses in Law and Development, International Business Transactions, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Rights, International Economic Law), and Business Organizations. Professor Ngugi was selected by the students as a Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year for 2004-05 and was selected as Small Section Professor of the Year for 2010-11. ... more

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Veronica  Taylor

Veronica Taylor

Affiliate Professor of law

Professor Taylor joined the faculty in 2001. As the former Director of the Asian Law Center she was responsible for the J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., and Visiting Scholar programs in Asian, Comparative and Development Law. She led a team of fifteen faculty and staff who carry out the Center's teaching, research and policy work on Afghanistan, Central Asia, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. ... more

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Susan  Whiting

Susan Whiting

Adjunct Associate Professor

Professor Whiting (Ph.D, Michigan; B.A., Yale) specializes in Chinese and comparative politics, with particular emphasis on the political economy of transition. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies. ... more

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Saadia  Pekkanen

Saadia Pekkanen

Adjunct Professor of Law

Professor Pekkanen's teaching and research interests are in international political economy and international trade law, with a particular focus on the WTO. Her regional focus is on Japan, as well as East Asia more broadly. ... more

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Jody Chafee John (Jody) Chafee

Part Time Lecturer

Mr. Chafee is a commercial attorney at Starbucks Coffee Company and was formerly a principal at Riddell Williams law firm in Seattle. He focuses on technology, corporate and securities transactions. He received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1985. He has a Masters of International Studies in Japan Area Studies (1988) and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (1991). Mr. Chafee was formerly with the Seattle firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky and served as a foreign legal consultant with Miyake Hatasawa and Yamasaki in Tokyo, Japan. He is proficient in written and spoken Japanese and is admitted to the Washington State Bar. He teaches International Contracting, International mergers & acquisitions in and is co-authoring a text on Law, Development and State-Building with Professors Taylor, Ramasastry and Bergling.

Elizabeth Baldwin Elizabeth Baldwin

Co-Director, Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice
Part Time Lecturer

B.A., Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon; M.A., Applied Linguistics, Teachers College, Columbia University; J.D., magna cum laude, 2004, Seattle University School of Law. Elizabeth taught ESL from 1994 until she entered law school in 2001, where served on the editorial board of the Seattle University Law Review. Elizabeth also served as an extern for Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington and as a judicial law clerk for Judge David H. Armstrong of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Later she coordinated the Children’s Legal Rights Program at Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice where she gave writing and oral advocacy support to pro bono attorneys serving children in removal proceedings. Since September 2009, Elizabeth has been teaching English for Legal Writing for the UW Legal Education Support Program—Afghanistan (LESPA). This fall, she will continue to work with LESPA students and she will teach American Legal Systems and Method.

Marjorie Rombauer Marjorie D. Rombauer

Emeritus Professor of Law

Marjorie Rombauer has had a stellar career in service to the law community, legal education, and the justice system. A member of the faculty at the UW School of Law for more than 30 years and acting dean in 1991, Rombauer was a prolific scholar whose works on legal problem solving, research, writing, and analysis informed generations of law students. Upon her retirement in 1994, an award was established in her name to honor her contributions to the legal writing field, presented annually to a person in the field by the national Association of Legal Writing Directors. In 2000, she was named one of the ten outstanding teachers in the first 100 years of the School of Law.

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