Scholarly Exchange and Visitors

Each year academics visit the Center for meetings, to give lectures, or to do research.


Center director John Ohnesorge welcomed a delegation from Doshisha Law School, Kyoto, Japan, visiting the Law School February 22, 2010 to February 25, 2010. The visitors were Akira Morita, the Dean of Doshisha Law School; Professor Colin P.A. Jones, and Ken Yoshikawa. They met with UW Law School Dean Ken Davis on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, to sign an academic agreement. Professor Jones gave a guest lecture on child abduction laws in Japan to the students in Comparative Family Law and Family Law II classes, both taught by Nina Camic. Professor Camic is planning to teach at Doshisha Law School in August 2010.

The Center also welcomed alumnus Professor Futoshi Iwata, now Professor of Law at Sophia University, Tokyo. Professor Iwata gave a presentation to the LLM/SJD seminar while he was in Madison.



Sida Liu, doctal candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago and Research Associate at the American Bar Foundation, will give a talk on "The Transformation of the Legal Profession in China."  Another article he has written on Chinese legal education is available here.  Mr. Liu's talk at the Law School will be on Tuesday, February 10, at 8:45 a.m., in room 7200 at the Law School.

Visitors from Dankook University's Office of International Affairs visited the Law School and University on November 13 and 14, 2008.  W. Jaewoo Shim, Ph.D., Dean of the Office of International Affairs, and Ihn Seok Song, the Office's Director, met with Charles Irish at the Law School, Amanda Hammatt, Director of the UW's International Engineering Programs, and Sandra Arfa, Director, English as a Second Language Program.  UW Law LL.M. student Yong Sung Kim and recent S.J.D. graduate Beon Joon Kim are alumni of Dankook University and assisted Dean Shim and Mr. Song when they were on campus.  UW Law S.J.D. student Jong Goo Lee, who has taught at Dankook University, also was able to meet the visitors while they were here in Madison.

On November 5 and 6, we welcomed a delegation of officials from the Minhang District of Shanghai.  The delegation was led by Sun Chao, the Mayor of the Minhang District Government.  Others in the delegation included Lin Longbing, Director the Administration Office (Minhang District); Pan Jinping, Mayor of Pu Jiang Town People's Government; Zhang Youwei, Manor of Hongqiao Town People's Government; and He Guowen, Director of Management of Television, Radio, and Culture Bureau, Minhang District.  The group met with Governor Doyle and also the Dean of the Law School during their stay in Madison.

Alumna Yuanyuan Shen returned to the Law School to give a talk on “Efforts and Challenges: The Development of China's Food Safety Law” on October 30, 2008.  The talk was well-attended by students, faculty, and others in the community.  Yuanyuan graduated from the UW Law School with the SJD degree and current is a Lecturer in Economics at Brandeis University and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.  She has also taught at Beijing University, the People’s University of China, and the School of Law at Tsinghua University.  Dr. Shen is a graduate of the People's University in Beijing and Harvard Law School.

Visitors from Diponegoro University visited the Law School September 15 and 16, 2008.  The delegation included Dr. Arief Hidaya, the Dean of the Faculty of Law; Dr. Yos Johan Utama, the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs; Lapon Tukan Leonard, Vice Dean for Development and Cooperation; Dr. Paulus Hadi Suprapto, Diorector of the Master of Laws Program; Nur Rochaeti; and Asih Budi Astuti.

On September 25 and 26, representatives from Hokkaido University Graduate School of Law and Politics were guests at the Center.  The group was composed of Professor Kazushige Sakaguchi, doctoral students Kenichi Ochiai and Xing Xu, and Professor Yasunori Sugawara (pictured below, in the UW Law Library).  Mr. Xu gave a presentation on Friday afternoon of his doctoral research, "The Formation of Rules in China:  Judicial Interpretations and Guiding Cases."


Professor Dong-il Noh, President of Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea, and a delegation from Kyungpook National University visited the UW-Madison, including the Law School, September 17-19, 2007.  On September 18, President Noh and his delegation were welcomed at the Law School by Law School Dean Ken Davis, the Center's Vice Director, Professor John Ohnesorge and Professor Gerald Thain.  Professors Ohnesorge and Thain met at length with President Noh and his delegation.  Kyungpook National University alumnus Sung-bae Kim, who just completed his SJD degree at the UW Law School, assisted President Noh and his delegation when they were on campus.


In September 2006, the Center welcomed students from Nagoya University who were participating in the Cross-Cultural Negotiations class taught through distance education video conferencing with students at the UW Law School.  Professor Susan Steingass and Charles Irish taught the course at the UW Law School in the fall semester.  The Nagoya students were led by Shintaro Suzuki and Professors Ikuo Sugawara and Yoshiharu Matsuura. Professor Matsuura is Dean of Nagoya University Law School. 

Professor Colin P.A. Jones, Doshisha University Law School, Kyoto, Japan, visited the Law School in October 2006.  Professor Jones gave a talk in the Academic Legal Writing class (Law 990, sec. 67) on his observations of legal writing, following up on his article Unusual Citings:  Some Thoughts on Legal Scholarship (available in volume 11 of Legal Writing:  The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, pp. 377-389; 2005), which had been assigned reading for the class.

Professors Choong Soo Han and Jaemin Lee, Hanyang University, Korea, visited the Center and Law School in October 2006.

Professors Masayuki Tamaruya, Hisashi Okuno, and Masakazu Harada, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, stopped in Madison as part of their itinerary in the U.S. in early November 2006.  Professor Tamaruya had attended the Summer Program in U.S. Law and Legal Institutions at the Law School in previous years and had been a visiting scholar at the Law School.

Yoshinori Nakanome of Chuo Law School, Tokyo, visited the Law School in early November.

In late April, the Center was one of the hosts of a delegation from the Land Tenure and Environmental Management (LATEM) Unit at the International Islamic University in Malaysia.  The Terra Instititute ( coordinated the delegation's visit at the University.  The delegation included Associate Professor De. Zaleha Kamarudin, Dean of the Faculty of Law; Dr. Azmi Harun, Director of the Law Centre; Dr. Hunud Abia Kadouf, Coordinator of LATEM; and Dr. Sharifah Zubaidah, Secretary of LATEM.  The delegation joined Professor John Ohnesorge, Assistant Director of East Asian Legal Studies Center, and Professors Art McEvoy, Stephanie Tai, and Asifah Quraishi on April 23, 2007, to discuss issues of international environmental law and some of the activities of the East Asian Legal Studies Center. 

Professor Craig Ehrlich, Babson College, Massachusetts, taught a half-day special course for the master's students on "International Contract Drafting" at the Law School, April 27, 2007.

In August, the Center welcome a number of visitors:  Professor Tipchanok and Professor Pinai from Thammasat University, Bangkok; Professor Matsuura and Professor Sugawara from Nagoya University (Japan); and Professor and UW Law School alumnus Futoshi Iwata, Sophia University (Tokyo).


Professor Omachi, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, and Professor Suzuki, Nagoya University, visited the University and the Law School, where they met with Professors Pilar Ossorio and John Kidwell.

 A delegation from Nagoya University led by Professor Yoshiharu Matsuura and Professor Ikuo Sugawara visited the Center in September 2005.

 Professor Yoshinori Nakanome, Chuo Law School, Tokyo, made a short visit during late November, meeting with Professor Gordon Baldwin and Professor Sam Mermin, as well as Charles Irish and Ken Streit, all of the Law School.

Professor Tahirih Lee of  Florida State University College of Law  visited the Law School in March 2006 and presented a talk on "Is American Judicial Review Exportable?"

 In April 2006, Professor Chang Hee Lee of Seoul National University talked on "Law and Development in Korea:  Contemporary History in Retrospect."  His talk was sponsored by the Center and the Global Legal Studies Initiative of the Law School.

 Shen Sibao, Professor of Law and Dean of the Law Department, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China, talked on "Doing Business in China -- Recent Developments" on April 21, 2006, at the Law School.

The Center was happy to welcom Professors Man-Hee Jeong and Jae Won Kim of Hanyang University to the Law School for a brief visit in mid-summer of 2006.


Professor Amarsanaa, pictured with the Law School poster behind him.

Professor Amarsanaa, pictured with the Law School poster behind him.

Professor Colin Jones with LLM student Takenaru Ainai.

Professor Colin Jones with LLM student Takenaru Ainai.

President Kurilov and Professor Irish

President Kurilov and Professor Irish

Professor Ota from Doshisha Law School, Kyoto, visited the Law School in early September.

A group of visitors from Nagoya University visited the Law School and the University in September for meetings with representatives on campus.  They also were given a narrative tour of the Ebling Library and met with people at the UW's new Health Sciences Learning Center.

Professor Amarsanaa from Mongolia visited in March and gave a talk on "Legal Reform in Mongolia."

Professor Colin Jones from Doshisha Law School, Kyoto, made a short visit in March.

Vladimir Kurilov, President of Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, Russia, visited in early April and gave a talk on "Managing a Comprehensive University in a Period of Rapid Social and Economic Change." 


September 2003. "Conference on Integrating Technology into Global Legal Education."  Hosted by the Center in cooperation with Nagoya University School of Law, the conference was held at the UW School of Business (Grainger Hall) during September 8-11.  Participants from Nagoya University led by Matsuura Yoshiharu , Nagoya University, included Sugawara Ikuo, Kagayama Shigeru; Ikeda Terumasa; Kajita Shoji; Frank Bennett; Kakuta Tokuyasu; Kabayashi Kazuyuki; Kaneko Daisuke; and Nakura Yuko.  Other participants included Matsuura Itsuko, Nanzan University Law School; Natalia Prisekina, Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok; Lee Ki-Su, Korea University; Lee Dae Hee, Inha University, Korea, and Judge Jou Bihua, Shanghai.

October 2003. "Judicial Skills Development Seminar." October 25-November 15, 2003.  The Center, in cooperation with judges of the Dane County Circuit Court and other courts in Wisconsin as well as 7th Circuit Federal courts, held the Second Judicial Development Seminar (aka "Shanghai Judges Program"). Twenty judges from Shanghai, China participated in the seminar.  Judges from the courts, practicing attorneys, and others working in law-related fields and professors from the Law School were involved in the instructional aspects of the seminar.

April 1, 2004. "The Influence of American Law on Taiwan"  Talk given by visiting professor Tsung-fu Chen, Professor of Law, National Taiwan University (Taipei, Taiwan), to the Law School community. Lubar Commons, Law School 7200, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

April 14, 2004.  "The Influence of American Law on Japan"  Talk given by distinguished visitor Naoyuki Agawa, Minister for Public Affairs of the Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C., to the University community; Lubar Commons, 7200 Law School, 12:10-1:10 p.m.

April 20, 2004.  "Should Asian Countries Borrow More from Foreign Jurisprudences?--Taiwan's Experience on Privacy Protection"  Talk given by visiting professor Shin-yi Peng (UWLS alumna: MLI 1996, LLM 1997, SJD 2000), Associate Professor of Law, Institute of Law for Science & Technology, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan). Lubar Commons, room 7200 of the Law School; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Visiting scholars during the academic year were

Chen, Cheih-Shan from Taiwan (faculty contact person, Professor Gordon Smith).
Chung, Jinmyung from Korea (faculty contact person, Professor Gerald Thain).
Han, Sang-Kyou (Judge) from Korea (faculty contact person, Professor Peter DeWind).
Jee, Kyu-Chul from Korea (faculty contact person, Professor Lawrence Church).
Jung, Hyung-Jin from Korea (faculty contact person, Professor Charles Irish).


Visitors in 2002-03 included Professor Hisashi Aizawa and others from:


University ; Professor Chuck Ito, on sabbatical from


University ; Professor Yuko Koishi; Natalia Prissekina, from Far Eastern National University,

Vladivostok ; and, from


University ,

Nagoya , Japan, Professor Itsuko Matsuura; Dean Hiroshi Karatsu; and Professor Minoru Nakatani.  In addition, the Center welcomed visiting scholars Professor Kyu-chul Jee of Pukyong National University, Pusan, Korea; Professor Jinmyung Chong of Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Korea; and Masayuki Tamaruya, Fulbright scholar, University of Tokyo.  Pictured here is Masayuki Tamaruya with Professor Stewart Macaulay.

In 2001-2002, visitors included Charles Booth, Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong (talking on Informal Out-of-Court Restructuring of State-Owned Entreprises in East and Southeast Asia); Don Lewis, Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong (talking on the history of governance in China); Ko Hasegawa, Professor of Law at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, the MacDonald Distinguished Visiting Professor (see /ealsc/macdonald.htm ); and Jiao Jinhong, Professor of Law and then Associate Dean of the Law School of the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing.

In spring 2002, the Center held a one-day conference on corporate governance held at the Law School.  Participants included Professor Ken Davis, Dean of the UW Law School; Shen Sibao, Professor of Law and Dean of the Law School of the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing; Andrew Lin, Assistant Professor, Shih Hsi University, Taiwan; Masafumi Nakahigashi, Associate Professor of Law, Nagoya (Japan) University; Dr. Janis Sarra, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (Canada), Faculty of Law; John Ohnesorge, Assistant Professor of Law, UW Law School; and Yoshihiro Yamada, Assistant Professor, Takasaki City (Japan) University of Economics.

Earlier Years

Shen Sibao, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of International Business and Economics, was a visitor at the UWLS April 2002.  He met with students who went  to UIBE in late May with Prof. Cagle (pictured at far left) to participate in a Cross-Cultural Negotiations course with UIBE students.  Prof. Cagle taught the two week course.

Dean Shen also gave a talk to the Law School on "China's Accession into the WTO:   What We Think and What We Do in the Legal Field."

In November 2000, Professor Howard Erlanger  traveled to Bangkok to discuss the nature and uses of trusts in the US and what lessons the US experience may have for Thailand. Thailand, like most civil law countries, does not have a law of trusts; in fact, Thai law specifically prohibits the enforcement of personal trusts. Erlanger delivered a lecture, "The Law of Trusts in the United States and the Use of Trusts in Light of International Estate Administration and International Business Transactions," to a group of about 25 legal decision makers. Professor Erlanger concluded that it probably would be advisable for Thailand to adopt a law of trusts similar to that of the Uniform Trust Act (which was recently promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws), but that adoption should be accompanied by a regulatory scheme that limits the ability to use trusts to avoid taxation or hide assets from creditors.

Ko Hasegawa, Professor of Law at Hokkaido University, and Judge Toishi, guest Professor of Law at HU, visited the UW Law School in late fall 2000.   In addition to spending time with Professor Ralph Cagle and observing in his Legal Profession class, the visitors met with Charles Irish, Lawrence Church, and Fredericka Paff, all of whom, in addition to Ralph Cagle, had visited Hokkaido Unversity within the past two years. They also met with students in the graduate programs as well as Suzie Eckes and Daynel Hooker, J.D. students who had participated in the cross-cultural mini-course held at HU in  1998.  Before Professor Hasegawa and Judge Toishi left Madison, they were able to have a tour of the Capitol given by senior attorney Russ Whitesel of the Legislative Counsel.

In September 2000, the Center welcomed Satoru Osanai, former Dean of the Law Faculty of Chuo University and Professor of Law, to meet with previous participants of the Law School's teaching program at Chuo University and to talk to potential new participants.

The Center, along with the University's International Institute,  welcomed Professor Yash Ghai to Madison for fall 2000 to teach "Ethnicity, Human Rights, and Democracy" at the Law School.   Professor Ghai also gave the inaugural lecture in the Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights Lectures series sponsored by the International Institution.  His lecture for that occasion was "The Challenge of Ethnicity to Human Rights" and was held on October 16, 2000 at the Law School.

We include a representative listing of some of the Center's visitors over the past years, and their institutional affiliation at the time of their visit:

Hong Kong

  • Yash Ghai, University of Hong Kong
  • Wang Chenguang, City University of Hong Kong (Fulbright Scholar)
  • Peter Wesley-Smith, University of Hong Kong


  • Koichiro Fujikura, Waseda University, Tokyo
  • Norio Higuchi, University of Tokyo
  • Masako Kamiya, Gakushuin University, Tokyo

Gerald Paul McAlinn, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo                 

  • Itsuko Matsuura, Aichi University, Nagoya
  • Yoshiharu Matsuura, Osaka University, Osaka
  • Setsuo Miyazawa, Kobe University, Kobe
  • Satoru Osanai, Chuo University, Tokyo
  • Fumitoshi Tamakuni, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo


  • Seokin Huang, Seoul National University
  • Ki-Su Lee, Korea University College of Law, Seoul
  • Sang-Myon Rhee. Seoul National University

P.R. China

  • Chen Zhidong, East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai
  • Sun Chao, East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai
  • Sun Nanshen, Law School, Nanjing University, Nanjing
  • Xu Jinghe, Ministry of Justice, Beijing
  • Xu Xianghua, East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai
  • Yu Hao Cheng, Institute of Chinese Law and Social Development, Beijing


  • Sergey Knyazev, Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok
  • Natalia Prisekina, Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok


  • Chien Tze-Shiou, Academia Sinica, Taipei (Fulbright Scholar)
  • David Wang, Chinese Culture University, Taipei
  • Yen Ching Chang, Vice Minister of Finance, Taiwan (Eisenhower Fellow)


  • Anan Chantara-opakorn, Thammasat University, Bangkok
  • Bodin Asavanich, Siam Cement Company, Bangkok
  • Pisawat Sukonthapan, Thammasat University, Bangkok
  • Tipchanok Ratanosoth, Thammasat University, Bangkok

United States

  • Taimie Bryant, UCLA, California
  • Craig Ehrlich, Babson College, Massachusetts
  • Donald Emmerson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tahirih Lee, Harvard University Fairbank Center, Massachusetts
  • J. Mark Ramseyer, Harvard Law School, Massachusetts

In addition, the East Asian Legal Studies Center has served as a base for other academics studying in the United States for the first time. In addition to individuals, the Center, from time to time, has hosted groups visiting from East or Southeast Asia. For example, in 1996, the Center was one of three American law schools to host a legal delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Justice whose focus was American legal education. During the visit, the members of the delegation had opportunities to talk both with Law School faculty and deans as well as American and Chinese J.D. and Graduate Programs candidates about American law schools.

Wisconsin law professors are involved in the Law School's exchange with Chuo University in Tokyo, teaching a course on American law during the fall and spring semesters. Wisconsin teaching faculty have taught at East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai; Far East State University in Vladivostok and at Thammasat University in Bangkok; Aichi University, Nagoya, Japan; Waseda University, Tokyo; Osaka University, Osaka, Japan; Yonsei University, Seoul National University, and Korea University, Seoul; Soochow University, Taipei; National Taiwan University, Taipei; and many other institutions in East and Southeast Asia. In November, 1996, Wisconsin law faculty, including the former Dean of the Law School, presented papers at a conference on comparative legal education at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Other Law School faculty attended a May, 1997 conference on comparative constitutional law in Hong Kong.

The following listing gives an overview of specific activities during 1997-2000: 

Linda Greene taught at Aichi in Nagoya, Japan from mid-June to early July, 1998, and gave lectures on an introduction to American law at Chuo University in Tokyo in late fall 1998, and late fall 2001.

 Susan Katcher, the Center's Associate Director, gave talks on American legal research and problem solving and pursuing advanced legal studies in the U.S. to students at universities in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, Japan; at Thammasat University, Bangkok; and at East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai.  

Gerald Thain taught at Chuo University in the fall of 1997 as part of the Law School's exchange program with Chuo University. 

Kenneth Streit taught at Chuo University in the spring of 2000.  Ken is pictured below with Professor Satoru Osanai on the campus of Chuo University.

 In May and June, 1997, Gordon Baldwin, Larry Church and Charles Irish gave a series of lectures on U.S. laws and legal institutions at Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok, Russia.

On Earth Day in April, 1998, Richard Bilder (in Madison) and a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency (in Washington, D.C.) held a live press conference that was broadcast in Taiwan by the United States Information Service.

Charles Irish gave several lectures on international tax, the Thai tax treaty with the U.S., and U.S. trade laws and policies in Osaka, Japan (October, 1997), Taipei, Taiwan (November, 1997), Bangkok, Thailand (February, 1998), and Sapporo, Japan (May, 1998).   Charles was a visiting professor at Osaka University early in 2000, and also made visits to Thailand, China, Korea, and Taiwan later in the spring 2000 semester.  In fall 2000, he traveled to Taiwan, Korea, and China with Dean Kenneth Davis.  He is pictured below with Professor Gerald Thain (in blue jacket) and Dean Kenneth Davis seated in the middle at Korea University, October 2000, and Professor Ki-Su Lee.

In July, 1998, the Center co-sponsored a conference in Bangkok on extending legal services to the under-represented. The Japan Foundation, the University of Wisconsin's Asian Partnership Initiative, and Thammasat University's Center for International Law and Business were the other co-sponsors. Professors David and Louise Trubek, Krista Ralston and Charles Irish joined participants from Thailand, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.   In December 1999, the Center continued its support of the second conference which was held in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan.

In the fall of 1998, Nina Camic gave lectures on American family law at Aichi University in Nagoya, Japan, the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China, and the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing, China. Prof. Camic participated in the Tokyo-Kobe conference in December 1999, and also was in Bangkok and Singapore.

Professor Greg Shaffer gave talks in Bangkok and Singapore in January 2000.

Susan Steingass (then adjunct faculty member and  president of the Wisconsin State Bar) and Charles Irish presented lectures in the fall of 1998 as part of a one week professional training program for Chinese lawyers in Shanghai. Two of the other lecturers were lawyers from Taipei, Taiwan. The Center played a major role in organizing and supporting this training program.

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