For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton, University of Washington School of Law


Two UW Law Professors Receive Fulbright Fellowships

UW School of Law Professors Anita Ramasastry and Jane Winn have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2008.

Professor Anita RamsastryRamasastry will conduct research and teach at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at National University of Ireland (NUI) - Galway during the 2007-08 academic year. Her research will focus on defining legal standards related to "corporate complicity," an emerging area of law that looks at holding businesses accountable for their role in aiding human rights violations in war zones and through economic partnerships with repressive regimes.

Ramasastry has previously been recognized as an expert in this arena. Last June, she was appointed by the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland, as a special advisor to an expert panel addressing corporate complicity in international human rights violations.

Ramasastry recently co-authored a 16-country study which examined the accountability of businesses for serious human rights violations in conflict economies. This study, funded by the Canadian government and the Ford Foundation, was cited this month by the United National's Special Representative to the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights in his just-issued report on business and human rights. Previously, Ramasastry helped to establish a claims resolution tribunal to deal with Swiss banks and their involvement with Holocaust-era bank accounts.

Ramasastry's research interests include commercial law, banking and payments systems, law and development, and comparative law.

Professor Jane WinnWinn will 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, who was a visiting scholar for the UW Asian Law Program 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 a forthcoming article in the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, "Can China Promote Electronic Commerce Through Law Reform? Some Preliminary Case Study Evidence."

Winn is considered an expert in the area of electronic commerce law developments in the United States, European Union, and China. In 2006, she served as an advisor to an E.U. Commission study on future directions in the European Union's policy regarding IT standards and the development of electronic commerce. She recently published an article on that subject in the International Journal of Information Technology Standards and Standardisation Research and co-authored an article on the reform of E.U. contract law for The Business Lawyer.

Winn is a Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and teaches commercial and technology law courses. She is also a director of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology. Winn is a member of the American Law Institute and a board member of CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction).

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

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