Asian Law Center

Faculty and Staff

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

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
Writing Advisor

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.

Ms. Baldwin taught ESL from 1994 until she entered law school in 2001, where served on the editorial board of the Seattle University Law Review. She 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 (now KIND, Kids in Need of Defense) where she gave writing and oral advocacy support to pro bono attorneys serving children in removal proceedings. Ms. Baldwin teaches tutorials in Legal English and serves as a Writing Advisor for the UW Legal Education Support Program—Afghanistan (LESPA) and the Ph.D. program. She also teaches American Legal Systems and Method (B550) to graduate students at the law school.

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