Special Section: Asian Journeys

Asia 2006

Exchanging greetings—and ideas

HLS delegation barnstorms through Asia in mid-winter tour

Kagan, Alford, and Caspersen
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Dean Elena Kagan’86, Professor William Alford ’77, Barbara Caspersen (far left), Scott Nichols, former associate dean of development (back) and guide Zhang Yan, tour the Palace Museum in Beijing.

In January, Dean Elena Kagan ’86 led a group of HLS faculty and alumni on a two-week swing through East Asia that took them to Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei. They made stops at leading cultural, educational and public institutions, and visited supreme court judges, the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan and members of Korea’s largest law firm, Kim & Chang, in Seoul.

Photo of the Korean Harvard Law Club

In Seoul, a gathering of of the Korean Harvard Law Club.

“The rapid economic and legal changes taking place in East Asia remind us that Harvard Law School has a crucial role to play in the international sphere,” said Kagan. “Alumni are making significant contributions in almost every realm of life in the region. As we take advantage of further opportunities for engagement, our connections with Asia—already strong—will only get stronger.”

Professor William Alford ’77, director of HLS’s East Asian Legal Studies program, and Professor J. Mark Ramseyer ’82, director of Japanese Legal Studies, were part of the HLS delegation, along with Finn M. W. Caspersen ’66, chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board.

Wang Chenguang and Dean Kagan
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Wang Chenguang LL.M. ’86, dean of Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing, welcomes Dean Kagan to the school.

HLSA of Japan alumni reception

Yukio Yanagida LL.M. ’66; Gen Kajitani, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan; and Finn Caspersen ’66 at the HLSA of Japan alumni reception in Tokyo

Dean Kagan and Li Ji
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Dean Kagan receives a book about the history of the Imperial City from the deputy director of its museum, Li Ji.


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