UC Hastings faculty members are leaders in their fields and are advancing our knowledge and understanding of this dynamic region through sustained research and scholarly exchange.
Setsuo Miyazawa, Senior Professor of Law and Senior Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program
Professor Setsuo Miyazawa is one of Japan’s most distinguished legal scholars. He visited UC Hastings regularly to teach courses on Japanese law and worked actively to develop UC Hastings programs in Japan before joining the UC Hastings faculty on a long-term basis in 2013. Professor Miyazawa is a legal sociologist who has been a full-time faculty member at Hokkaido University, Kobe University, Waseda University, and Omiya Law School in Japan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Washington, Harvard University, UC Berkeley and New York University. He currently holds a joint appointment as Professor of Law at Aoyama Gakuin University Law School in central Tokyo.
Professor Miyazawa received his LL.B., LL.M., and S.J.D. from Hokkaido University and M.A., M.Phil. and his Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He has a wide range of teaching and research interests, including police and criminal justice, legal ethics and public interest lawyering, legal education, and corporate legal practice. Professor Miyazawa has published or edited more than a dozen books in Japanese and English. He is a leader in promoting judicial reform in Japan and is one of the most prominent proponents of the introduction of American-style graduate professional law schools into Japan.
Professor Miyazawa has been a global leader in building scholarly networks and organizing law and society associations related to East Asia. He is a member of the Law and Society Association, the International Society for Criminology, the Asian Criminological Society, the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law, the Japanese Association of Sociological Criminology, and the Japanese Association of Law & Society. He has served in leadership roles in each of these organizations. In May 2014, Professor Miyazawa was awarded the Law and Society Association International Prize in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society.
Since 2012, Professor Miyazawa has organized an annual symposium on law and society in Japan at UC Hastings. These symposia have attracted leading legal scholars and attorneys from both Japan and the United States and have generated cutting edge publications on the Japanese legal system. Symposium topics have included Japan’s judicial reforms, corporate governance and capital markets in Japan, and the legal dimensions of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Keith J. Hand, Professor of Law and Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program
Professor Hand brings 20 years of professional experience in private practice, government, development, and academia to UC Hastings. Professor Hand served as editor-in-chief of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal at the University of Washington School of Law. After graduating Order of the Coif in 2000, he worked as a corporate attorney with the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and private equity funds. He then served as senior counsel to the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, where he advised Congress on issues related to human rights and legal reform in China. Immediately prior to joining the UC Hastings faculty in 2009, Professor Hand was Beijing director and senior fellow at the Yale China Law Center and a visiting scholar at Peking University Law School. During his tenure with the Center, he worked with China’s National People’s Congress, Supreme People’s Court, State Council Legislative Affairs Office, provincial courts, and academic institutions to design and implement cooperative legal reform programs.
Professor Hand's research focuses on legal reform in Greater China, with particular attention to constitutional law, criminal justice, and citizen efforts to use the law to promote legal and political change. He travels to China regularly to conduct primary source research, engage high-level legal actors, and build UC Hastings research and professional networks.
Professor Hand has been cited as an expert on Chinese legal issues in a wide variety of media, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Deutsche Welle, Radio Free Asia, Reuters, The Christian Science Monitor, ChinaFile, and Time. In 2011, he was named a Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) Fellow at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. As a PIP Fellow, he met regularly met with senior diplomats, policymakers, scholars, and businesspeople in both China and the United States to discuss U.S.-China relations. Professor Hand has received a UC Hastings Foundation Faculty Award for Scholarship (2014) and a UC Hastings Board of Directors Visionary Service Award (2015).
Professor Hand holds a JD and an MAIS in China Studies from the University of Washington and a BA from Whitman College.
Eric Sibbitt, Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Sibbitt is a partner in the San Francisco office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the firm’s corporate finance practice. He advises U.S. and foreign investment banks, private equity funds, and private and governmental issuers on a wide range of corporate finance transactions. He has experience in cross-border mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, and joint ventures. He is a frequent speaker on international legal developments in the U.S. and abroad, and his publications have been widely cited and included as required or suggested reading in university courses in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining O’Melveny & Myers, Professor Sibbitt practiced in New York and Tokyo with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He received his LL.M. from Kyushu University, his J.D. from Harvard University, and his B.A. from UC Berkeley.
Auria Styles, Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Styles is a senior corporate attorney with more than 12 years of transactional experience in China and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has practiced in the China and U.S. offices of major multinational law firms, including Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; and Morrison Foerster. From 2003 to 2004, she served as Manager of Business Advisory Services for the U.S.-China Business Counsil. She has successfully negotiated many joint ventures and established wholly foreign-owned enterprises in China. Professor Styles has also advised several Fortune 500 companies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act concerns and on Chinese anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws. Professor Styles is the owner of the Law Offices of Auria Styles, where her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, cross-border transactions, renewable energy, impact investing, social enterprises, sustainable business, and online media. Professor Styles holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. and an M.A.I.S. from the University of Washington.
Numerous other UC Hastings faculty members have experience in East Asia or research interests related to the region. Representative examples include Professor Ugo Mattei, one of the world’s leading comparative law scholars. Professor Mattei is the co-editor of Schlesinger’s Comparative Law, a casebook that breaks new ground in its treatment of East Asian legal systems. Another representative example is Professor Dana Beldiman, who has lectured in China and incorporates substantial units on East Asia into her International and Comparative Intellectual Property course.
Frank H. Wu, Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor Wu has written extensively on Asian Americans and the law and is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, and the co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, which received a major grant from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. Professor Wu served as Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings from 2010 to 2016. He was the first Chinese American dean of a California law school, the first Asian American to serve as dean at UC Hastings, and only the second Chinese American law school dean in United States history. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings, Professor Wu taught for a decade at Howard University and served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit. He has also taught at the law schools of George Washington University, University of Maryland, Columbia University, and University of Michigan and at a Peking University program in Shenzhen, China. Professor Wu is a member of the Committee of 100, a national organization of citizens of Chinese descent who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their fields, and in 2008, he received the 2008 Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Fund. During his tenure as Chancellor and Dean, Professor Wu made East Asia a key component of his plan for the long-term development of UC Hastings. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan. He also completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.