Asian Law Center


Faculty and Staff

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

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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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.

Elin Cohen

Part Time Lecturer

Dr. Cohen holds a J.S.D degree from Stanford Law School, a L.L.M degree in Sustainable International Development from the UW School of Law and a L.L.M from Stockholm University, Sweden. Specializing in law and international development, she previously worked as an assistant program officer for human rights and democracy for the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Kenya, as well as served as a consultant at the Regional Land Management Unit of SIDA. She held a position as a Research Associate at University of Nairobi, Institute for Development Studies, was a recipient of Fulbright-Hays award to Kenya and has studied international law in France. Dr. Cohen focuses on research and program development of international development projects in East Africa, and teaches in the Ph.D. Program.

Rick GuineeFrederick (Rick) Guinee

Part Time Lecturer

Frederick (Rick) Guinee Professor Guinee has an A.B. from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law (1988). Since 2002 he has taught international contracting and International mergers & acquisitions in the Law School and business negotiations and general business law in the University of Washington's Graduate Executive MBA program at the Business School. Prior to teaching at UW, Professor Guinee practiced for many years in Tokyo (Nishimura & Partners) and Washington, D.C. (Arnold & Porter). His practice has focused on cross-border business transactions, international securities offerings, and representing foreign sovereign entities in litigation in U.S. courts. He is admitted to practice in Washington, the District of Columbia and Virginia. In Japan, Professor Guinee was admitted as gaikokuhō jimu bengoshi.

Susan Whiting Susan Whiting

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

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. Her first book, Power and Wealth in Rural China: The Political Economy of Institutional Change, was published in 2001. She has also contributed chapters and articles on property rights, fiscal reform, governance, contract enforcement and dispute resolution to numerous publications. She has done extensive research in China and has contributed to studies of governance, fiscal reform, and non-governmental organizations under the auspices of the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Ford Foundation. She is participating in the Asian Law Center’s project on access to justice and legal aid provision in rural China and teaches in the Ph.D. Program.

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Bruce AronsonBruce E. Aronson

Affiliate Professor of Law

Professor Aronson (B.A. summa cum laude, Boston; J.D. Harvard) is a Professor of Law at Creighton University specializing in comparative corporate governance. He is an active Japanese law scholar with a wealth of practical experience in Japan. He was a corporate partner at the New York City law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (1989-2000), where he was co-chair of the Financial Services Group. Prior to joining Creighton he spent two years each as a Senior Fulbright Researcher at the University of Tokyo and as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. He spent the summer of 2010 at the Bank of Tokyo, and has now returned to Japan as a Fulbright Scholar in 2011-12, researching at Waseda Law School. In Spring 2011 he visited UW Law to teach courses in Japanese Law and Comparative Corporate Governance, and convened a Center hosted conference on The Japanese Legal Profession After the 2008 Financial Crisis and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

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Mark Cammack

Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School

Prof. Cammack became particularly interested in Southeast Asia during college when he had an opportunity to live in Indonesia for two years. After law school and a judicial clerkship with Justice Roland Day of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Professor Cammack made a second trip to Indonesia, this time as a Fulbright Fellow studying the country's Islamic court system. Upon returning to the United States, Professor Cammack served as an assistant district attorney in New York City, and then taught at Columbia Law School. He joined Southwestern's faculty in 1990 and in 2001, he was named as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law. Professor Cammack continues to research and write about the Indonesian legal system.

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Donald C. Clarke

Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

A valued colleague and an Affiliate Professor of Law at UW, Prof. Clarke joined the Law School faculty at George Washington University after teaching at the University of Washington School of Law for many years. Prof. Clarke is a specialist in Chinese law and has published extensively in journals such as the China Quarterly and American Journal of Comparative Law on subjects ranging from Chinese criminal law and procedure to corporate governance. His recent research has focused on Chinese legal institutions and the legal issues presented by China’s economic reforms.While at UW he founded and still maintains the Chinalaw discussion list and is a co-editor of Asian Law Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network.

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Daniel H. Foote

Professor of Law, University of Tokyo Faculty of Law

Prior to moving to the University of Tokyo in 2000, Prof. Foote taught at the University of Washington School of Law since 1988. He remains a valued colleague and an Affiliate Professor of Law at UW. An expert on Japanese law and on legal education, Prof. Foote has been heavily involved in the legal education reform process in Japan and has served on advisory committees attached to the Headquarters for Promotion of Justice System Reform (Cabinet-level), the Ministry of Education, the Japanese Association of Law Schools, and one of the major law school accreditation bodies. With the support of the Asian Law Center, Prof. Foote edited a monograph etitled Law in Japan: A Turning Point, a collection of over twenty-five essays by leading scholars on major fields of Japanese law, which was published in 2008. He also team-teaches the UW School of Law's International Contracting course offered via video-conferencing with students in Tokyo University Law School.

Hualing Fu Hualing Fu

Professor and Head, Department of Law - The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

Professor Fu Hualing specializes in criminal justice studies, human rights and constitutional and media law in China. Dr. Fu has published widely, and his recent work includes National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong’s Article 23 Under Scrutiny (Hong Kong University Press, 2005) (co-edited with Carole Petersen and Simon Young) and The Struggle for Coherence: Constitutional Interpretation in Hong Kong (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) (co-edited with Lison Harris and Simon Young). Professor Fu holds an LLB from Southwestern University, China (1983), an MA from Toronto University (1988) and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Osgoode Hall Law School (1993). Prior to taking position as Head of the Department of Law as of 2008, Dr. Fu served as the Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at HKU, and in 2006-07 tought “Human Rights Law in China” at the University of Washington School of Law as the Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law. Dr. Fu participates in the Asian Law Center’s Empowering Rural Communities: Legal Aid and the Rule of Law in Rural China Project.

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Andrew Harding

Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relation, University of Victoria Faculty of Law

Andrew Harding received his MA (Oxon) in 1974, his LLM (Singapore) in 1984, and his PhD (Monash) in 1987. He joined UVic's Faculty of Law and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives in 2004, where he holds the Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations. He is a former Head of Department and Professor of Law in the Law Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and Chair of SOAS' Centre of South East Asian Studies, having previously taught at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He co-founded and has served as General Editor of Kluwer/ Martinus Nijhoff's London-Leiden Series on Law, Governance and Development. His interests are in South East Asian legal studies, comparative public law, law and development, comparative law theory and environmental law. His recent publications include Law, Government and the Constitution in Malaysia (1996), and Comparative Law in the 21st Century (2002).

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Chulwoo Lee

Affiliate Professor of Law

Professor Chulwoo Lee (Ph.D. London School of Economics; LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center; LL.M. Seoul National University) is a Professor of Law at Yonsei Law School, Seoul, specializing in Asian socio-legal studies. He is well recognized for his extensive writings in the areas of law and social theory, social history of law, and citizenship studies. Professor Lee served as managing editor of the Korean Journal of Law and Society (2009-2010) and participates in various academic organizations and activities, including the Organizing Committee for the 2nd East Asian Law and Society Conference to be held in Seoul in September/October 2011. On various occasions he has provided advice for the Immigration Service, Ministry of Justice of the Government of Korea, and was a member of the Special Committee on Nationality Law Amendment (2008-2009). He has been elected President of the Korean International Migration Association and will succeed to the position in 2013. Professor Lee served as the 2011 Garvey Schubert & Barer Visiting Professor of Asian Law, and taught courses on Law and Society in Asia and on Compartive Korean Law.

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Arzoo Osanloo

Associate Professor, University of Washington’s Law, Societies, and Justice Program

Professor Osanloo (Ph.D. 2002/Stanford (Anthropology); J.D. 1993/American University, Washington College of Law) conducts research and teaches courses focusing on the intersection of law and culture, including human rights, refugee rights and identity, and women’s rights in Muslim-majority societies. She focuses primarily on the Middle-East, especially Iran. She also holds Adjunct positions in the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Religion, Near East Languages and Civilization, and Women’s Studies. Formerly an immigration and asylum/refugee attorney, Arzoo has published in various journals, including American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology and Iranian Studies. Her book, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (2009), is published by Princeton University Press.

Saadia PekkanenSaadia M. Pekkanen

Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor of Japan Studies, Jackson School of International Studies

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. She received her masters in international affairs from Columbia University (1988), her doctorate in political science from Harvard University (1996), and a masters at Yale Law School (2004). Her teaching and research interests are in international political economy, international trade and investment law, international relations, and foreign policy. Her work explores the intersection between legal and economic matters involving Japan, and has recently branched out to examine Japan’s current role and status within Asia along these dimensions. Pekkanen’s earlier books included Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2003), and a co-edited book entitled Japan and China in the World Political Economy (Routledge, 2005). Her latest book, entitled Japan’s Aggressive Legalism: Law and Foreign Trade Politics Beyond the WTO (Stanford University Press, 2008), examines how law has interacted with the concrete interests of Japan’s trade-dominant industries to dramatically reshape the country’s foreign trade politics.

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Last updated 12/3/2013