PhD Student Profiles 2012-2013
Alfitri obtained his LL.B and M.A. in Islamic Law from National Islamic University in Indonesia. He completed his LL.M. in 2006 from the University of Melbourne in Australia sponsored by Australian Development Scholarships-AusAID. He is lecturer at Samarinda State Institute for Islamic Studies in Indonesia, and also has experience as research assistant at the University of Melbourne Asian Law Centre, and for the ARC Federation Fellowship. He has published in several refereed law journals in Indonesia and internationally. His dissertation is about Islamic law in Indonesia, with a focus on how the concept of corporate zakat has been incorporated into Indonesian law.
Abdulaziz Al Hamoudi has an LL.B. from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and an LL.M. from Valparaiso University School of Law. Prior to coming to the United States, he worked as Legal Researcher then as Counselor at the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia. His dissertation proposal focuses on the role of criminal defense lawyers in Saudi-Arabia..
Anna Bosch Anna Bosch graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a degree in Journalism and International Studies. After obtaining her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1999, Anna spent six years as a criminal prosecutor for King County, Washington. She obtained her LL.M. in Sustainable International Development at the UW School of Law in 2007. Her dissertation examines the perspectives of local actors taking part in Rule of Law assistance in Indonesia. Anna is a licensed attorney in Washington State, and is both a U.S. and E.U. citizen.
Tao-Chou Chang holds an LL.B. and LL.M. from National Taiwan University and an Intellectual Property LL.M. from the UW School of Law. He is now a district court judge in Taiwan. Whereas in the United States civil liability, is the solution to intangible property infringement, developing countries are required to impose broader and harsher criminal law against piracy. His dissertation examines the effectiveness and equity of Taiwan’s criminal intellectual property law.
Hung-Yu Chuang graduated from National Taiwan University with a double major in Engineering and Law. In 2005, he earned a MBA in Intellectual Property from National Cheng-Chi University. After graduation, he served as a law clerk in the Taipei High Administrative Court for four years and a research assistant at National Cheng-Chi University for one year. Hung-Yu recently earned his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and Policy at UW School of Law, and his current research focuses on standards-related patents in international trade.
Parwiz Esmati has a B.A. in Law and Political Science from the University of Al-Beroni in Afghanistan, and he recently earned an LL.M. in Asian Law from UW School of Law. He participated in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition twice and was placed 75th among 100 top oralists of the World in International Rounds in 2010, Second Best Oralist of 2010 and Best Final Oralist of 2011 in Afghanistan. He worked as Communication Specialist for USAID Rule of Law Stabilization Project, on Public Legal Outreach, Legal Education, Court Management and Judicial Training. He speaks Dari, Pashto, and Russian. His current research centers on the United Nations Convention against Corruption in relation to Afghanistan.
Shinya Imaizumi graduated from Waseda University in Japan with an LL.B. and an LL.M. He then joined the Institute of Developing Economies, a governmental research institute in Japan. He went to Thailand for two years to study Thailand’s legal and institutional reforms. His research interest is in legal systems of Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. His dissertation will be on the expansion of judicial review in Thailand’s Constitutional Court in 1997-2008.
Nisa Istiani obtained her LL.B. from the University of Indonesia and MLI (Master of Legal Institution) from the University of Wisconsin. From her undergraduate years she has worked as researcher at UI’s Indonesian Judicial Monitoring Society and continued until four years later. Just before starting the Ph.D. program, she finished her five years of work as Consultant for the Judicial Reform Team established by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia to expedite judicial reform. She also taught at the University of Al-Azhar Faculty of Law. Her research interest is in competition law, international trade law, investment law, and public procurement.
Bingyan Jiang obtained an LL.M. from Tulane University in 2010, where her studies focused on trade policies and disputes between the U.S. and China. Before studying at Tulane, Bingyan passed the National Judicial Exam in China and then undertook a year-long internship at a top Chinese law firm, where she developed an understanding of legislative procedures and policymaking processes of local Chinese government agencies. Here she also gained experience in representing clients for administrative litigation. Her dissertation topic concerns the need to strengthen food safety regulations in China.
Hong Jiang is a graduate of Jilin University School of Law in China. During school he interned at the office of the public prosecutor. He also has work experience as legal counsel for securities companies, and has recently lived in Canada for three years. He obtained an LL.M. in Asian and Comparative Law from the UW School of Law. His research interest lies in comparative study of banking laws and financial regulations, and his proposed dissertation topic is on the analysis of Basel Accords and the Chinese Banking Industry.
Watcharachai Jirajindakul is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Law, National Institute of Development Administration in Bangkok, Thailand. He earned his LL.B., LL.M. from Thammasat University, and LL.M. in law and economics from University of Hamburg. After graduation, he worked as a lawyer in the area of investment law and a researcher. Watcharachai recently graduated from UW School of Law’s LL.M. in Asian Law. . His interests lie in behavioral law and economics, international trade and investment, and CSR and international law.
Tanya Karwaki earned her B.S. in Cell Biology from the University of Washington, her M.A. in Zoology from the University of California, Davis, and her J.D. from the University of Washington. Her background includes legislative, public policy work and clinical risk management. Her academic interests include informed consent, bio-banking, global health and public policy. She is a recent graduate of UW School of Law’s Health Law LL.M. program, and her current research interest is in the role of law in national biobanks.
Jinkyoo Lee graduated from Korea University with a B.A. in Law. He continued his studies in graduate school of Korea University, College of law for MA in Law and then obtained an LL.M. at the UW School of Law. His research interest is in comparative civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution. Jinkyoo’s proposed dissertation topic is on the emergence of electronically stored information in civil litigation and pretrial procedures in Korea and the United States.
Myong Ung Lee (George) graduated from Yonsei University in Korea with a B.A. in Law and from Seoul National University Graduate School of Law with an LL.M. and Ph.D. in Law. After being admitted to the Korean Bar in 1992, he worked for the Constitutional Court of Korea as a Constitution Research Officer. In 2010, he came to UW as Visiting Scholar, then earned his LL.M. in Asian Law. George continues comparative judicial review study as a Ph.D. student.
David E. Merrell is a member of the bar associations of the states of Utah and Idaho. Mr. Merrell taught comparative law as a Fulbright Scholar in the Kyrgyz Republic and construction law as a visiting professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He received a B.A. from Brigham Young University, a J.D. from the University of Idaho and an LL.M. in Asian and Comparative Law from the UW School of Law where he studied Uzbek and focused his research on Central Asian and Islamic law. He continues his study of Uzbek in the Ph.D. program, and his dissertation topic is on Community-based Dispute Resolution in Central Asia.
Tung T. Ngo is founder and Chairman of VILAF – Hong Duc, the first business law firm in Vietnam established in 1993. He has transformed his firm from an affiliate of the UK law firm Clifford Chance to a respected independent Vietnamese commercial law firm, leading in Vietnam’s economic development and social change. Tung has pursued a vision of pushing Vietnam to adopt greater transparency and consistency in the application of laws. He also lectures at Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice’s Judicial Academy and is a contributing columnist to The Saigon Times. He obtained his LL.M. in Asian & Comparative Law from the UW School of Law in 2004 and was then selected as the Yale World Fellow in 2006. His dissertation topic is evolution of property rights in Vietnam and taking land in Vietnam and China today.
Yu Un Oppusunggu has an LL.B. from the University of Indonesia and an LL.M. from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is lecturer at the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law. His varied work experience includes: assistant lawyer at the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, legal manager ad at Indofood (the largest food producer in Indonesia), and legal advisor to the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission.Yu Un's research interest lies in Law Reform in Indonesia.
Haitham H. Osta earned a Master’s degree in Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul Al-Fiqh) at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2004, an LL.M. in International Law and Business from Suffolk University Law School in 2007, and an LL.M. in Laws from Harvard Law School in 2009. He served as Teaching Assistant/Fellow and Instructor of Philosophy of Islamic Jurisprudence at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as well as an intern with Judge Nancy Gertner of the US District Court of Massachusetts. While at Harvard, he was selected to work as a visiting researcher at ELRC, a research fellow at CMES, and a research assistant to Prof. Frank Vogel. Haitham’s current research concerns the phenomenon of codification and its influence on the predictability of the courts’ outcome, focusing on the judicial reasoning in Shari’a Courts in Saudi Arabia.
Amira Paripurna has an LL.B from Airlangga University, Indonesia, and an LL.M on International Law of Human Rights and Criminal Justice from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has worked as counselor at the Women and Children Crisis Center in Indonesia, and as lecturer at Muhammadiyah University, and at Airlangga University. Her research interest is in the Globalization of Crime and Its Implication for Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and National Criminal Law.
Shamshad Pasarlay graduated from Kabul University in Afghanistan with a B.A. in Law and Islamic Jurisprudence in 2010. He completed his LL.M. in 2012 at the UW School of Law. This summer he interned as legal specialist on Afghan laws at the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C. He has participated in both National and International Rounds of Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2010 and in 2011, and he judged the 2012 International Rounds. He also served as a judge in moot court competitions between law students from different universities in Afghanistan. Shamshad’s current research focuses on constitutional provisions in Afghanistan concerning Islam, economics, and human rights.
Linda Yanti Sulistiawati obtained her LL.B from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and M.Sc from IHS-Wageningen University, Netherlands. She joined several international organizations, including the ASEAN Secretariat and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), before dedicating herself to teaching in her old campus, Universitas Gadjah Mada Faculty of Law in 2005. She teaches International Law, International Environmental Law, Indonesia Legal Science, and Ethics for the Legal Profession. She is one of Indonesia’s Fulbright Fellows. Her research interest is in the areas of Climate Change, Regulatory Processes and International Environmental Law.
Bivitri Susanti obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Indonesia in 1999 and a master’s degree (LLM), with distinction, in Law in Development from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2002. She is an associate researcher at the Indonesian Centre for Law & Policy Studies (PSHK), an independent research institution she co-founded in 1998. She was PSHK’s Executive Director (2003-2007); adviser on legal reform for the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office (2005-2007), the People’s Consultative Assembly (2007) and the House of Regional Representatives (2007-2009). She continues her work on legal reform in Indonesia by consulting on legal reform projects, conducting research projects with various organizations, and serving on the board of a number of Indonesian Non-Governmental Organizations. Her Ph.D. research is focused on the rule of law (“negara hukum”) and civil society in Indonesia after 1998.