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Fall 2021


You may be interested in this event on Zoom Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm:

Harvard Asia Law Society Presents: Traditional and Alternative Careers for US Lawyers in Asia

Harvard Asia Law Society (HALS) is hosting an event with Reid Monroe-Sheridan (HLS '09) at 7pm ET on Nov 9 (Tuesday). Reid is a lawyer, law professor, and consultant based in Tokyo. After graduating from HLS, Reid worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's New York and Tokyo offices. He left Simpson Thacher in 2014, registered as foreign lawyer in Japan, and established independent legal and consulting practices in Tokyo. Reid now regularly advises a variety of Japanese and American companies on cross-border M&A, venture financings, securities transactions, complex technology licensing agreements and other commercial transactions. In addition, Reid is a tenured associate professor at Keio University Law School, one of Japan's top-ranked law schools, teaching courses on startup law and international business law topics. For more information, please see https://www.monroe-legal.com.

In this talk, Reid will discuss the opportunities and challenges for US-qualified lawyers seeking to build careers in Asia, including 
1) Key considerations regarding American biglaw, big local firms, boutiques and solo practices, in-house roles, and academia;
2) How the work in overseas offices of US biglaw firms differs from the work in New York/California, as well as insights on expat packages and on working together with local law firms; and
3) How to evaluate your competitive advantages and the impact of language skills on career opportunities.

After his talk, Reid will have a Q&A session with attendees.

Please join our Zoom event at https://harvard.zoom.us/j/96225828036. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Past Events


Fall 2021


You may be interested in this event on Zoom Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm:

Harvard Asia Law Society Presents: Traditional and Alternative Careers for US Lawyers in Asia

Harvard Asia Law Society (HALS) is hosting an event with Reid Monroe-Sheridan (HLS '09) at 7pm ET on Nov 9 (Tuesday). Reid is a lawyer, law professor, and consultant based in Tokyo. After graduating from HLS, Reid worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's New York and Tokyo offices. He left Simpson Thacher in 2014, registered as foreign lawyer in Japan, and established independent legal and consulting practices in Tokyo. Reid now regularly advises a variety of Japanese and American companies on cross-border M&A, venture financings, securities transactions, complex technology licensing agreements and other commercial transactions. In addition, Reid is a tenured associate professor at Keio University Law School, one of Japan's top-ranked law schools, teaching courses on startup law and international business law topics. For more information, please see https://www.monroe-legal.com.

In this talk, Reid will discuss the opportunities and challenges for US-qualified lawyers seeking to build careers in Asia, including 
1) Key considerations regarding American biglaw, big local firms, boutiques and solo practices, in-house roles, and academia;
2) How the work in overseas offices of US biglaw firms differs from the work in New York/California, as well as insights on expat packages and on working together with local law firms; and
3) How to evaluate your competitive advantages and the impact of language skills on career opportunities.

After his talk, Reid will have a Q&A session with attendees.


Monday, October 25, 2021
12 to 1pm EDT via Zoom

From Manners to Rules: the Legalistic Turn in Governance and Secondhand Smoke Prevention in Japan and South Korea

Celeste Arrington

Professor Celeste Arrington
Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University

Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government, Harvard University; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Event Page: https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/arrington-10-25-21

Co-sponsored by EALS


Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm EDT via Zoom

Dr. Weixia Gu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, will be speaking on her book

Dispute Resolution in China: Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation and their Interactions (2021)

Dr. Gu’s research focuses on arbitration, dispute resolution, private international law and cross-border legal issues. For information about the book please see https://www.routledge.com/Dispute-Resolution-in-China-Litigation-Arbitration-Mediation-and-their/Gu/p/book/9781138823594.

EALS poster on crimson and teal background with photo of Dr Gu and events information

 


Spring 2021


You may be interested in this HALS Zoom event :

Fireside Chat with Prof. Ko-Yung Tung
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: International Legal Careers and AAPI Representation in the Legal Profession

HALS, HIALSA, and CLA jointly invite Prof. Ko-Yung Tung to a fireside chat scheduled on April 23 (Friday), 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST. On Friday, Prof. Tung will discuss the following topics: AAPI representation in the legal profession, the opportunities and realities of pursuing international legal careers, and breaking the glass ceiling for AAPI minorities. 

Prof. Ko-Yung Tung is the former Secretary General of the Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank. He is currently a lecturer at HLS, teaching a course entitled “International Investment Arbitration: Policies, Issues, and Challenges.” Previously, Prof. Tung taught as an adjunct professor at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law. He also taught as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University and University of Arizona School of Law.   

In the public sector, Prof. Tung advises sovereign governments and agencies in the areas of foreign investment and international economic relations. In private practice, as Senior Partner of O’Melveny & Myers and Senior Counsellor at Morrison & Foerster, he counseled multinational corporations with respect to their internationalbusiness strategies, cross-border transactions, dealings with governmental authorities and international investment disputes. 

Prof. Tung was born in Beijing, China, and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He received his education from Harvard College (A.B. physics, 1970), Harvard Law School (J.D., 1973), and University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (Research Fellow, 1971-72). Keenly aware of his Asian heritage and his life experiences, Prof. Tung is active in many NGOs focusing on AAPI and trans-Pacific issues, including the Asian American Legal Education and Defense Fund (AALDEF), National Asian Pacific Bar Association, U.S.-China Education Fund, and the Mansfield Foundation. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the East West Center and as a member of the Presidential Commission on U.S.-Asia Trade and Investment. 


You may be interested in this HALS Zoom event :

International Law of the Sea, the South China Sea, and the US-China Relations

with Prof. James Kraska

On Monday, Professor Kraska will discuss focal points in the South China Sea, the shifting role of the international law of the sea in the Indo-Pacific region, and implications for the future of international law and U.S.-China relations. After his talk, Professor Kraska will have a Q&A session with students.


Fall 2020


"China and the International Legal Order" Virtual Symposium

The ILJ Fall Symposium "China and the International Legal Order" will take place virtually on Thursday, October 15. This symposium is a unique collaboration between the Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, and Oxford University’s China, Law and Development project and Commercial Law Centre.

Please see the website for more information: https://harvardilj.org/2020/09/harvard-international-law-journal-symposium-2020-china-and-the-international-legal-order/



"Professor William Alford recently stepped down as Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies after serving for 18 years with incredible wisdom, dedication, and compassion." 

https://today.law.harvard.edu/after-18-years-professor-alford-completes-his-tenure-as-vice-dean-for-the-graduate-program-and-ils/

https://today.law.harvard.edu/a-qa-with-mark-wu-on-his-appointment-as-vice-dean-for-the-graduate-program-and-international-legal-studies/


Spring 2020 (Academic Year 2019-2020) (reverse chronological order)

Due to the coronavirus situation, Harvard Law School events were only online after March 2020.

CANCELLED. Wednesday, April 22, at noon in Morgan Courtroom, HLS. EALS talk with Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

CANCELLED. Monday, March 23 (date tentative), at noon in Morgan Courtroom, HLS - EALS talk with Professor David M. Lampton, Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

CANCELLED. Saturday, March 21, 11:15 am to 1:00 pm at the Association for Asian Studies' Annual Meeting in Boston - Rethinking the China-Africa Relationship, a panel moderated by Professor William Alford . Hynes Convention Center, Room 207, Level 2. The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA https://www.asianstudies.org/conference/

CANCELLED. Thursday, March 12, 12 to 1 pm - Democratic Centralism and Administration in China - Professor Sarah Biddulph, Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor- International (China), Director, Asian Law Centre, Melbourne Law School, Australia


Co-sponsored by EALS, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard Inner Asia and Altaic Studies

Repression in Xinjiang poster


Feb 14 book talk poster

Co-sponsored by EALS


Poster Lan Yan Feb 5 Lan Yan book cover photo

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062899811/the-house-of-yan/

Through the sweeping cultural and historical transformations of China, entrepreneur Lan Yan traces her family's history through early 20th Century to present day.

The history of the Yan family is inseparable from the history of China over the last century. One of the most influential business leaders of China today, Lan Yan grew up in the company of the country's powerful elite, including Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and Deng Xiaoping. Her grandfather, Yan Baohang, originally a nationalist and ally of Chiang Kai-shek, later joined the communists and worked as a spy during World War II, never falling out of favor with Soong May-ling, aka Mrs. Chiang Kai-shek. Lan's parents were diplomats, and her father, Yan Mingfu, was Mao's personal Russian translator. In spite of their elevated status, the Yan's family life was turned upside down by the Cultural Revolution. One night in 1967, in front of a terrified ten-year-old Lan, Red Guards burst into the family home and arrested her grandfather. Days later, her father was arrested, accused of spying for the Soviet Union. Her mother, Wu Keilang, was branded a counter-revolutionary and forced to go with her daughter to a re-education camp for five years, where Lan came of age as a high school student. In recounting her family history, Lan Yan brings to life a century of Chinese history from the last emperor to present day, including the Cultural Revolution which tore her childhood apart. The reader obtains a rare glimpse into the mysteries of a system which went off the rails and would decimate a large swathe of the intellectual, economic and political elite country. The little girl who was crushed by the Cultural Revolution has become one of the most active businesswomen in her country. In telling her and her family's story, Lan Yan serves up an intimate account of the history of contemporary China.

https://www.chinainstitute.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Lazard-YAN-Lan_JdHfGKo9-150x150.jpg

Lan Yan was not allowed to enter higher education because her Communist family had been designated as counter-revolutionaries. In 1969, she was sent to a re-education camp in Henan, where her mother had been for a year. In 1977, the year after the Cultural Revolution ended, she enrolled at university. Exceptionally motivated, she was awarded grants to study at the most prestigious universities in Europe and the United States. In 1991, she joined the Gide Loyrette Nouel law firm based in Paris and became the first foreign woman to make partner. In 1998, she returned to China to run the firm's Beijing office. In 2011, Lan Yan joined Lazard as managing director to lead its Chinese activities. Today, she is the vice chairman of investment banking of Lazard and the chairman and CEO of Lazard Greater China (Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan). She has rich experience on foreign companies' investment in China. Yan is the board director of Carrefour Group. She is the independent board member in Chateau de Versailles since Nov 2018. She is member of International advisory board of HEC Paris, member of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC). Yan is Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Beijing. She was granted Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (France) and Chevalier dans l'Ordre de Saint-Charles (Monaco). Yan has a Ph.D. in Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, and an L.L.M. in International Law from the Law School of Beijing University. In 2017, Yan published her first book, Chez les Yan, in French. The English translation, The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century of Chinese History, has just been published.


Judge Shen Hongyu
Supreme People's Court of China
Visiting Scholar, Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School


Judge Shen poster


Past Events Fall 2019 (Academic Year 2019-2020) (reverse chronological order)


Michelle Miao, Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; HYI Visiting Scholar

Chair/discussant: William Alford, Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Harvard-Yenching Institute lunch talk, co-sponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

https://harvard-yenching.org/events/relational-justice-reconciliating-murder-china


Eugenie Merieau, Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher, Institute of Global Law and Policy, HLS

Discussant: Malavika Reddy, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Harvard

Chair: Michael Herzfeld, Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard


Julius Weitzdorfer name only
Stanton Nuclear Junior Faculty Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School


Julius Weitzdörfer, Stanton Nuclear Junior Faculty Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School


Thursday, November 21, 2019, Harvard Law School

Law and Empire in the Sino-Asian Context

Graduate Student panel, 11 am to 1 pm

Legal and Intellectual Constructs of Empires, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Laying Down and Crossing Borders, 4 pm to 6 pm


If you wish to attend, please RSVP by November *14* by emailing Ms. Emma Johnson at johnson@law.harvard.edu.

Graduate Student Panel, 11 am to 1 pm

Chair: Tahirih Lee (FSU)

Yue Jiang (Stanford), Gender, Property, and Lineage in Mid-Qing: Property Disputes Between Women and Lineages
Commentator: Michael Szonyi (Harvard)

Rui Hua (Harvard), Imperial Wars in A Magistrate's Court: Translingual Legal Literacy and the Everyday Politics of Territorial Land Laws in Manchuria, 1900-1931
Commentator: Sakura Christmas (Bowdoin)

Xinyu Huang (Yale), The Censorial Impeachments under Qianlong and Jiaqing Reign (1736-1820)
Commentator: Thomas Buoye (Tulsa)

Jingjian Wu (Yale), W.A.P. Martin, Naturalism and The Translation of International Law in Late Qing China
Commentator: William Alford (Harvard)

Lunch Break, 1 to 2 pm

Legal and Intellectual Constructs of Empire, 2 to 3:30

Chair: Phillip Thai (Northeastern)

Commentator: Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana)

Colin Jones (Columbia), Living Law, Legal Consciousness, and the Afterlives of Empire: The Origins and Legacy of the North China Rural Customs Survey (1941-1944)

Tristan Brown (MIT), Breaking the Land, Breaking the Law: Fengshui and the End of Imperial China

Peter Thilly (Univ. of Mississippi), Consular Jurisdiction and the Pioneers of Flexible Citizenship

Coffee Break, 3:30 to 4 pm


Laying Down and Crossing Borders, 4 to 6 pm

Chair: Par Cassel (Michigan)

Commentator: Taisu Zhang (Yale)

Geng Tian (Peking University), The Boundary Works in the Qing's Legal Analogies between 'Violent' Social Groups, 1750-1850

Yonglin Jiang (Bryn Mawr), The Contested Order: Central-Local Legal Dynamics on the Borderlands of the Ming Empire

Jenny Huangfu (Skidmore), The Last Refuge of the Scoundrel: Transnational Fugitives and the Spaces of Law in Late Qing China, 1860s-1900s

Larissa Pitts (Quinnipiac), The Abortive Forest Law of 1914: Russian Timber Merchants, Chinese 'Traitors,' and the Collapse of Modern Chinese Environmental Law

Co-sponsored by the American Society for Legal History, the International Society for Chinese Law and History, and Yale Law School


Developing a legal career in the world of international organizations

Non-pizza lunch will be served.

Nov 15 eals poster ..Nov 15 hals poster

Co-sponsored by EALS, Office of Public Interest Advising, HLS China Law Association, Harvard Asia Law Society, and HLS Rule of Law Society


The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: A 21st-Century Multilateral Development Bank

Gerard Sanders, LLM '92, General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Non-pizza lunch will be served.

Nov 14 EALS poster ..Nov 14 poster.

Co-sponsored by EALS, Office of Public Interest Advising, HLS China Law Association, Harvard Asia Law Society, and HLS Rule of Law Society


The Judicial Activism of the Taiwan Constitutional Court

Hsu Tzong Li photo Tzong-Li Hsu, Chief Justice of the Taiwan Constitutional Court and President of the Judicial Yuan

(Please note, talk title has changed from the below poster)
Nov 4 poster


Tuesday, October 29 at 12 noon in Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall room 308, HLS

Women with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

Venus Ilagan
Former Secretary General of Rehabilitation International

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (https://hpod.law.harvard.edu). Co-sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies, Disability Law Students Association, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Harvard Women’s Law Association
.

HPOD Women with Disabilities poster

VENUS ILAGAN, originally from the Philippines, is the immediate past Secretary General of Rehabilitation International (RI) from October 2008 to May 2019, and the first person with a disability from a developing country to serve in that capacity in the organization’s 97-year history. She was the first woman World Chairperson of Disabled People’s International. Prior to joining RI, Venus was the project manager of a national rehabilitation program which provided services to over 14,000 children with disabilities in the Philippines. She had the distinction of being a member of the Editorial Committee for the first-ever World Report on Disability, a joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the World Bank. It established that there were one billion persons with disabilities in the world in 2011 when the report was launched, which was instrumental in having over one hundred countries sign and ratify the disability convention within a very short period of time. Venus participated actively in the elaboration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, now ratified by 177 countries. Venus is a passionate global advocate for gender equality specifically in the context of Women with Disabilities.

Venus ILAGAN photo


Thirty Years of Dialogue with the Chinese Government: My Work on Human Rights in China

Oct 21 Kamm poster

John Kamm is an American businessman and human rights campaigner active in China since 1972. He is the founder and chairman of The Dui Hua Foundation. Kamm was awarded the Department of Commerce's Best Global Practices Award by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President George W. Bush in 2001. In September 2004, Kamm received a MacArthur Fellowship for designing and implementing an original approach to freeing prisoners of conscience in China. Kamm is the first businessman to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Dui Hua (meaning 'dialogue' in Chinese) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that seeks clemency and better treatment for at-risk detainees through the promotion of universally recognized human rights in a well-informed, mutually respectful dialogue with China. Focusing on political and religious prisoners, juvenile justice, women in prison, and issues in criminal justice, our work rests on the premise that positive change is realized through constructive relationships and exchange.

photo of John Kamm

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Law Society. A light lunch will be served.


Big Data and the Chinese Legal System

Poster for Sabine talk

MERICS is a Berlin-based, independent think tank and leading European provider of policy-oriented research on contemporary China.

Sabine Stricker-Kellerer is an international lawyer with over 30 years experience advising European companies on legal aspects of doing business in China. In 1985 she set up the first office of a European law firm in China. Today she is also on the panel of arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and other PRC arbitration commissions. She is chairwoman of the international business advisory board of the German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology. She is a founding member of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum.

Co-sponsored by the HLS China Law Association

photo of Sabine


North Korea: From 'Fire and Fury' to Love Letters - What's Next with Trump-Kim Diplomacy?

Dr. John Park is Director of the Korea Project and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. He is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Project on Managing the Atom. Dr. Park's core research projects focus on the political economy of the Korean Peninsula, nuclear proliferation, economic statecraft, Asian trade negotiations, and North Korean cyber activities.
photo of John Park

Co-sponsored by the Korea Institute's SBS Foundation Research Fund


Developments in China's Capital Markets and Implications of the US-China Trade War

photo of James Lin
James C. Lin, '98
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Lecturer on Law at HLS on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and Law in China

Mr. Lin is a partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell and is a Non-Executive Director of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. He is also a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council of Asia and the Advisory Board of Asia Society (Hong Kong), and an overseer of Morningside College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation (Springer 2019)

William P. Alford, Jerome A. Cohen and Lo Chang-fa, editors

Oct 8 noon talk poster

The book talk discussion will include:

http://etseq.law.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Screen-Shot-2019-08-27-at-12.23.00-PM.png Jerome A. Cohen, Professor, NYU School of Law and Faculty Director, NYU U.S.-Asia Law Institute.

Dr. Chang-fa Lo Dr. Chang-fa Lo, former Grand Justice of the Constitutional Court of the ROC (Taiwan) and former Dean, National Taiwan University Law School.

http://etseq.law.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Screen-Shot-2019-08-27-at-12.24.24-PM.png William P. Alford, Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies; Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law; Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program; and Chair, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Commentators:
Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College and Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
Dr. Yu-Jie Chen, Academia Sinica (Taiwan).
Dan Zhou, LL.M. ’16 and SJD candidate, Harvard Law School.

Book talks are open to the Harvard community. A light lunch will be served.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.

https://hls.harvard.edu/event/harvard-law-school-library-book-talk-taiwan-and-international-human-rights-a-story-of-transformation-jerome-a-cohen-william-p-alford-chang-fa-lo-eds-springer-2019/


Unbecoming Advocates: The Queer Career of Public Interest Lawyering in China

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at 12:00. You are invited to bring your own lunch.


Please join EALS at our Fall Open House. Remarks at 3:30. Light refreshments.

Sept 19 EALS Open House 3p poster


Law, Technology, and China's A.I. Dream

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at 12:00. You are invited to bring your own lunch.

Sept 12 talk Pound 100 Jeffrey Ding noon


The Time for Talk is Over: Climate Justice for Future Generations

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at 12:00. You are invited to bring your own lunch.

Sept 16 noon Austin 308 The Time for Talk is Over Climate Justice for Future Generations Antonio Oposa LLM 97.png


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