Sida Liu, East Asian Legal Studies Center Interim Director
Sida Liu is the Interim Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center for 2014-2015. Professor Liu is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He has published three books and many articles in leading law and social science journals (in both English and Chinese). Professor Liu is an active member of the international law and society community and works with many legal scholars and law schools in East Asia.
Charles R. Irish is the Founding Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center and now its Senior Director Emeritus. Professor Irish was Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law at the Law School before his retirement and taught courses on international taxation, international business transactions, and legal issues involving North America and East Asia. Over the course of his career, Professor Irish has traveled to over 70 countries and now he is a frequent lecturer in East and Southeast Asia on international tax and international trade matters. He also has done extensive advisory work on tax reform and trade policy for governments in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Professor Irish's research interests focus on international taxation, trade policies and U.S. laws affecting international business. He has written many articles and monographs on international taxation, trade policies and presently is writing a book on U.S. laws affecting international business. Professor Irish majored in economics at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. degree. He was awarded the J.D. degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review.
Professor Irish holds Emeritus status at the Law School and continues to be actively involved in the Center's programs and activities.
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