The East Asian Legal Studies Program hosts a rich variety of public events and exchanges each year.
In the fall of 2013, the Program launched a new East Asia Speaker Series. This series brings three to four prominent scholars and practitioners to campus each year to enrich our intellectual environment with perspectives on key legal issues in the region. Other programs include academic conferences and symposia, town hall meetings, career building programs, guest lectures and presentations, and exchanges with foreign delegations. The Program’s public events make UC Hastings a hub for research and exchange on East Asia and provide crucial opportunities for faculty, visiting scholars, and students to network with leading professionals in the field.
We welcome you to explore descriptions of some of our recent public events and exchanges below.
Professor Guo Zhiyuan of the Chinese University of Politics and Law gave a presentation on “Exclusion of Illegally Obtained Confessions in China.” (February 2016)
Professor Eri Osaka of Toyo University in Tokyo gave a presentation on “Liability and Compensation over the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.” (October 2015)
Fu Hualing, Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law gave a presentation titled “Civic Participation and Constitutional Development in Hong Kong.” Professor Fu is a constitutional law and human rights expert. His presentation focused on the “Umbrella Movement” in Hong Kong, the evolving relationship between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the central government of the People’s Republic of China, and implications of recent demonstrations for Hong Kong’s constitutional development. (February 2015)
Judge Yong Hee Kim of the Gunsan Branch, Jeonju District Court, South Korea, and Ji Yeon Kim, Attorney at Kim & Chang, gave a presentation on “Changing Legal Education and the Legal Market in South Korea.” (November 2014)
Sally Huashin Yen, Deputy Secretary General of the Taipei Bar Association, gave a lecture on “Legal Ethics from Real Practice to Class: The Case of Taiwan.” (October 2014)
Rachel Stern, Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Berkeley, gave a lecture on “Suing Polluters in China.” Professor Stern shared findings published in her book “Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence” (Cambridge University Press 2013). (February 2014)
Guo Jianmei, Director of the Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling Service Center and the Beijing Qianqian Law Firm, gave a lecture titled “Protecting the Vulnerable: a Discussion of Legal Reform and Civil Society in China.” Ms. Guo is a pioneering public interest lawyer in China. She founded the Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services at Peking University, the first legal aid clinic dedicated to providing legal aid to women. (November 2013)
Zen-ichi Shishido, Professor at Hitotsubashi University and a leading scholar on corporate law, gave a talk titled “Reverse Engineering SOX v. J-SOX,” comparing the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act (colloquially known as SOX) and its Japanese counterpart. (September 2013)
The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and the Japan Society co-sponsored an evening symposium on legal issues related to American investment in Japan. More than 100 people attended the symposium, which was held in the Alumni Reception Center. Speakers addressed issues related to contact enforcement and legal counsel for foreign businesses; the pros and cons of different corporate entities in Japan; visa, personal data protection, and intellectual property issues; and tax considerations (February 2016).
More than 140 professionals from across North America and around the Pacific Rim gathered in the UC Hastings Alumni Reception center to participate in a major international conference, “Resolving Disputes with Companies From Asia: What Is the Best Approach.” The daylong conference was organized and sponsored by the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program and the Center for Dispute Resolution and Negotiation co-hosted the event. A group of leading lawyers, scholars, and arbitrators from around the Pacific Rim discussed topics including strategies for choosing the place of arbitration, arbitral institutions and governing law; the structure of the dispute resolution process; in house perspectives on international arbitration and other dispute resolution mechanisms, and the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. For details on the conference panels, please click here. (January 2016) .
The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies program held its fourth symposium on Japanese law and society on Friday, September 18. The title of the symposium was “Glass Ceiling for Female Professionals, Executives, and Managerial Employees in Japan: the 30th Anniversary of the EEOA and Prime Minister Abe’s ‘Womanomics.’” The symposium focused on continued challenges for female professionals, executives, and managerial employees in Japan in the context of the 30th Anniversary of Japan’s Equal Employment Opportunity Act and Prime Minister Abe’s ‘Womanomics.’ (September 2015)
UC Hastings hosted an international symposium, titled Professional Ethical Integrity: Cornerstone for Rule of Law Reform Around the Globe, Professor Fu Hualing, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong; Sally Huashin Yen, Deputy Secretary General of the Taipei Bar Association; and Daniel Yu Ping, Senior Advisor, UDA Education Consulting Group and Former China Country Director, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, gave panel presentations on professional ethical integrity in Greater China. The symposium discussed the experience of justice systems around the world that face or have faced substantial rule of law challenges, including systems in which pioneering efforts are being made to address or vitalize professional ethics to sustain the rule of law. Symposium sponsors included McDermott Will & Emery, Baker McKenzie, and the Hastings International & Comparative Law Review. (February 2015)
The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations selected UC Hastings as one of 74 host sites for the 2014 China Town Hall program. The program featured a national interactive webcast with former President Jimmy Carter and presentations by Professor Keith Hand and Adjunct Professor Auria Styles on Recent Developments in China’s Legal Reform Process. (October 2014)
UC Hastings, the Japan Society of Northern California, the Collaborative Research Network on East Asian Law & Society, and Waseda University co-sponsored a symposium on the legal dimensions of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The symposium addressed issues related to compensation, access to justice, and dispute resolution. (September 2014)
UC Hastings and the Japan Society of Northern California co-sponsored a symposium on corporate governance and capital markets in Japan. (October 2013)
UC Hastings and The Dui Hua Foundation co-sponsored an afternoon conference on juvenile justice issues. A delegation from the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China and numerous UC Hastings faculty members and local experts participated in the conference. (September 2012)
UC Hastings held a symposium on ongoing judicial reforms in Japan. Senior lawyers and legal scholars from the United States and Japan examined a wide range of issues, including reform of the legal education system, the bar examination, and experimentation with lay participation in criminal trials. (September 2012)
UC Hastings was a host site for the 2011 China Town Hall. The program, co-sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, included a national interactive webcast with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor, and a local panel on Legal Dimensions of the U.S.-China Relationship. Local panelists included Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu, Professor Keith Hand, and Nicolas C. Howson, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan (November 2011).
UC Hastings and The Asia Foundation hosted a delegation of judges from the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China for an afternoon conference on government torts. Senior judges, UC Hastings faculty, and local government officials engaged in a robust dialogue. (November 2010)
UC Hastings co-sponsored a conference on “Protecting Intellectual Property in China.” (November 2010)
The UC Hastings Business Law Journal sponsored a one-day symposium on “Law, Business, and Development in China’s Booming Economy.” (April 2010)
The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program held an information session on internships in Asia. Professors Setsuo Miyazawa and Keith Hand introduced UC Hastings cooperative intern placement programs and numerous other summer internship opportunities in Asia. Students who interned in Asia in summer 2015 discussed their work at the Beijing Arbitration Commission, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Hong Kong), Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok), Yoon & Yang (Seoul), Yulchon (Seoul), Shin & Kim (Seoul), and Oh-ebashi (Tokyo).(November 2015)
Nolan Shaw (‘12), Corporate Associate in the Beijing office of Hogan Lovells, held a lunch meeting and one on one meetings with students to discuss strategies for entering the Chinese legal market. (October 2015).
David Lyman (‘65), Chairman and Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, and Jeff Layman (‘97), Partner in the Beijing Office of Baker Botts, met with students for lunch, introduced their firms, and provided advice on launching a legal career in Asia. (September 2015)
UC Hastings Graduate Nolan Shaw, Corporate Associate at the Zhong Lun Law Firm in Beijing, discussed his China practice and strategies for securing jobs and internships in China. (November 2014)
Greg Pilarowski visited the Introduction to Chinese Law course, gave a presentation on variable interest entities in China, and discussed his experience representing foreign investors in China. Mr. Pilarowski is the founder partner of Pillar Legal, a boutique law firm with offices in Shanghai and the Bay Area. (October 2014)
The Career Office hosted a panel on intellectual property careers in Asia. Panelists included Janet Xiao, Partner in the Life Science Group at Morrison Foerster, Song Zhu, Partner at Hogan Lovells, and Preetam Shingavi, Associate at Arnold and Porter. (March 2013)
UC Hastings graduate Jenny Liu, Partner in the Beijing office of Sheppard Mullin, held a forum with students on practicing law in China. (January 2012)
UC Hastings graduate Jeff Layman, Partner in the Beijing office of Baker Botts, led a meeting on U.S.-China cross border investment in the energy sector and discussed strategies for building a legal career in China (November 2011).
The Career Office hosted a panel discussion on intellectual property careers in Asia. Panelists including Janet Xiao, Partner in the Life Science Group at Morrison Foerster, and Song Zhu, Partner at Squire, Sanders. (November 2011)
Adjunct Professor Eric Sibbitt and Professor Setsuo Miyazawa hosted an open forum titled “What Can American Lawyers Do in Tokyo?” (September 2011)
The Chinese Law and Culture Society at UC Hastings hosted a panel on law and practice in China. Panelists included Howard Chen, Partner at K&L Gates; Linda Zhou, Managing Associate at Orrick; and Yue Zhu, Associate at Morgan Lewis. (March 2011)
UC Hastings hosted a forum on exploring legal careers in Japan led by UC Hastings graduate Keith Suzuka. Mr. Suzuka was Head Foreign Attorney with Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Tokyo office. (April 2009)
The UC Hastings EALS Program hosted a delegation from the Consulate General of the PRC in San Francisco for a luncheon and discussion of the U.S. jury system. (June 2016)
Mr. Greg Pilarowski, Founder of Pillar Legal (Pleasanton, Shanghai), discussed his work as a China lawyer and explained the variable interest entity structure that some foreign investors use to invest in industries such as the Internet and telecoms in China. More than 25 students and faculty attended. (April 2016).
Mr. Charles Comey, Partner at Morrison Foerster, gave a breakfast presentation on China’s proposed Foreign Investment Law. Mr. Comey advises U.S. and foreign clients in acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and venture capital and private equity financings in China and other jurisdictions. (April 2015)
Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute, gave a lecture on American foreign policy in Asia, with specific emphasis on China and the Korean Peninsula. Professor Keith Hand provided commentary. This event was co-sponsored by the UC Hastings Federalist Society and the East Asian Legal Studies Program (April 2015)
UC Hastings hosted a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences delegation for a discussion at the law school. (April 2014)
UC Hastings hosted a delegation from Tunghai University (Taiwan). (April 2014)
Former Visiting Scholar Zou Qizhao and People’s University Law and Professor Ye Lin visited UC Hastings and attended meetings at the U.S. SEC office in San Francisco, (February 2014)
Teng Biao, Professor at the Chinese University of Politics and Law and a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, visited UC Hastings and held a roundtable with Mandarin-speaking students (January 2014)
UC Hastings organized a forum on the Chinese legal system with Hastings JD students interested in China and Chinese LL.M. students. (November 2013. Similar events were held in 2010, 2011, and 2012)
Zeng Zhiping, Professor at the Nanchang Institute of Technology School of Law and a UC Hastings Visiting Scholar, gave a presentation on military law in China. (May 2013)
Zou Qizhao, Partner at King & Capital (Beijing) and a UC Hastings Visiting Scholar, gave lectures on the legal profession and mergers and acquisitions in China. (Fall 2013)
Wan Yong, Professor at the Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Law, gave a series of lectures in the UC Hastings seminar on international and comparative intellectual property law. Professor Wan is an expert in copyright law. (February – March 2012)
Professor Keith Hand gave a lecture on constitutional dispute resolution in China. (November 2011)
Andrew Wei-Min Lee and Vivian Ying Yu Feng of the Beijing Leading Negotiation Institute gave a lecture on “What Chinese Characters Say About Chinese Attitudes Toward Negotiation.” (September 2011)
The Hastings International and Comparative Law Society hosted a campus-wide discussion on legal dimensions of the U.S.-China relationship led by Professors Keith Hand and William Dodge. (April 2011)
Kim Jinhan, Research Judge at the Constitutional Court of Korea, gave a lecture on the Court and its role in Korea’s transition. (January 2011)
UC Hastings hosted a visit by a delegation of senior education officials and scholars from Taiwan. (April 2010)
The Japanese Law Society hosted a lecture on “Japanese Law—The Current State” by Professor Setsuo Miyazawa. (September 2010)
Grant Kim, Of Counsel, Morrison Foerster; Dean Fealk, Partner at DLA Piper; and Yukyong Choe, JSP Candidate at UC Berkeley, visited UC Hastings and gave a panel presentation on the Korean legal system. (October 2010)
Justice Kong Xiangjun, Head of the Intellectual Property Tribunal at the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, visited UC Hastings and held exchanges with UC faculty on intellectual property. (March 2010)
Wang Hongsong, Secretary-General of the Beijing Arbitration Commission, visited UC Hastings with a delegation of Commission staff and engaged in exchanges with UC Hastings faculty. (September 2009)
Professor Guo Zhiyuan of the Chinese University of Politics and Law in Beijing gave a lecture on the death penalty in China. (September 2009)
Professor Keith Hand gave a lecture on China’s legal reforms at the San Francisco office of K&L Gates. (June 2009)
UC Hastings arranged a panel on mergers and acquisitions in Japan. Panelists included Professor William Dodge; Adjunct Professor and O’Melveny & Myers Partner Eric Sibbitt; Michael O’Bryan, Partner at Morrison Foerster; and Yoshinobu Mitzutani, Associate at Morrison Foerster. (April 2009)
Professor Tong Zhiwei, Professor at the East China University of Politics and Law, gave a lecture on constitutional reform in China. (February 2009)