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.
Professor Taylor specializes in commercial law and society in Asia, regulation, and law reform in transition economies. She has published extensively on commercial law in Japan and Indonesia, on regulation, law and society in Asia and on the 21st century challenges of law and development.
She has over twenty years' experience as a scholar and consultant participating in and managing projects for the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and AUSAID. She has designed law reform and legal training projects focused on Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, and the United States.
Professor Taylor was the Project Director for the U.S. Department of State Afghan Legal Educators Project based at the Asian Law Center and in Afghanistan, which is designed to help professionalize the Afghan justice sector personnel, reconstruct the criminal justice system, and foster development of the rule of law. She also directs, with Professor Susan Whiting (UW Political Science) a State Department-funded multi-year project on Empowering Rural Communities: Legal Aid and the Rule of Law in Rural China, which both delivers and studies the effects of legal aid in some of China's poorest provinces.
With Professors Tom Ginsburg (Illinois) and John Ohnesorge (Wisconsin), Professor Taylor established the new Rule of Law, State-building and Transition Collaborative Research Network with the Law and Society Association and is active in shaping new intellectual approaches to law and development initiatives.
Before joining the Law School Professor Taylor was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo and tenured as Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne. She maintains her appointment as an Associate of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University.
She serves on a number of UW and professional committees relating to Asia and globalization. She is currently a member of the American Advisory Committee for the Japan Foundation and Vice-President of the Urasenke Foundation, Seattle.