Sherwood R. Volkman-Bascom Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law Emeritus
Office: Room 6101, Law School
J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
B.A., Columbia University
International Law: Business Transactions
International Tax Law
International Trade Law
Law & Development
International economic law and policies
Charles R. Irish is the Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law (emeritus) and
Senior Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center. Within the University
of Wisconsin, Professor Irish teaches the seminar on legal issues involving North America and
East Asia. In Asia, Professor Irish teaches courses in an intensive format and has substantial administrative and teaching responsibilities in the Law School's Executive Masters in Law Program based in Kyoto, Japan, Shanghai, China, and Bangkok, Thailand. Over the course of his career, Professor Irish has traveled
to about 80 countries and he has done extensive advisory work on tax reform and trade policy for governments in
Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He also was of counsel with the Madison law firm of Stafford Rosenbaum for over 20 year where he worked on domestic and international tax issues.
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.Outside of his work,
Professor Irish enjoys golf, woodworking, hunting, fishing, and swimming. His latest
passions are ocean kayaking, which he refers to as "surfing for old
people" and saltwater flyfishing.
Professor Irish has a B.A. degree from Columbia University, with a
major in economics, and a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where
he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He also has an honorary doctorate in law degree from Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, Russia, has received special awards from Thammasat University in Bangkok and the Shanghai Municipal Government, and is an honorary citizen of Shanghai's Minhang District.
Professor Irish is married to Anne V. Irish and they have two children. It is a special joy to him that both of his children graduated from the UW Law School and now have successful careers - one in Madison and the other in Taipei. His wife, who is a retired bookseller, wonders how she had the misfortune to wind up in a family with three lawyers.