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Katherine Wilhelm: USALI's New Executive Director

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New York, August 1, 2019:

USALI Faculty Director Jerome Cohen has announced that Katherine Wilhelm will join the Law School as executive director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI) from August 1. Wilhelm has spent most of the last three decades working in China, most recently as legal program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Beijing office. She will be responsible for programming, fundraising and day-to-day operations of USALI. The institute, which is led by faculty director Professor Jerome Cohen in cooperation with its newly-established Advisory Committee consisting of Professors Jose Alvarez, Roderick Hills and Frank Upham, conducts research, engages in exchanges, offers lectures on Asian law, and hosts in-depth dialogues among Asian and American legal experts on topics of shared interest.

Ira Belkin, who has been executive director since 2012, will stay on with USALI as a Senior Research Scholar, contributing to its project work and publications. He also will remain an adjunct professor at the Law School.

Ms. Wilhelm is an expert on China’s legal system, public interest law organizations, and civil society. At the Ford Foundation’s China office, she made grants to support Chinese institutions engaged in legal advocacy, services, research, and education. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2012, Wilhelm directed the Beijing office of Yale Law School’s China Law Center, where she worked with government, academic, and civil society partners to implement law reform projects. She also practiced law in the Beijing office of a leading U.S. law firm. Before beginning her career in law, she was a journalist, reporting for The Associated Press from Beijing, Hanoi, and Hong Kong, and for the Far Eastern Economic Review from Hong Kong and Shanghai. Her work has been published in leading newspapers around the world. She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Niagara University.

2017 - 2018 Visiting Scholar Presentation Series

Every spring the U.S.-Asia Law Institute holds the Visiting Scholar Presentation Series. It's an opportunity for our Visiting Scholars to share their research with the NYU Community. In addition to sharing the research that they have conducted during their year at the Institute, it also allows them to share various topics and issues from their home country. 

NYU Law receives $5 million gift from the Government of Japan

NYU Law receives $5 million gift from the Government of Japan

NYU School of Law has announced a grant of $5 million from the Government of Japan for an endowment of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI) to ensure its long-term sustainability and to promote the use of international law to resolve conflicts and disputes in Asia.

A Conversation with Joshua Wong

April 18, 2016 - Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Activist Joshua Wong spoke at New York University about the foundation of the student activist group Scholarism in 2011, which was heavily involved in the protests against the introduction of Moral and National Education into Hong Kong school curricula in 2012. He also spoke about the Umbrella Movement pro-democracy protests of 2014.  Joshua Wong was one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 and one of Fortune Magazine's World's 50 Greatest Leaders of 2015.  He is a founder of the political party Demosisto, which is expected to contest the upcoming Hong Kong Legislative Council elections in September 2016.

Huang Leping Visits USALI

For the month of February 2016, USALI is pleased to welcome Mr. Huang Leping as a Visiting Scholar. Huang will be studying  the American legal system, meeting with judges and other individuals for legal exchange. 

Huang Leping is a labor law expert and has a Ph.D in Law. He serves as Director of Beijing Yilian Legal Aid and Research Center of Labor and Director of the Beijing Yixian Law Firm. He is also a member of the China National Occupational Diseases Classification and Catalogue Expert Committee, Executive Director of the Labor Economy and Domestic Labor Dispatch Professional Committee under the China Association for Labor Studies, Deputy Director of Labor and Social Security Professional Committee under Beijing Lawyers Association, and an arbitrator of Beijing Labor Dispute Arbitration Committee. Mr. Huang was awarded, among others, “National Outstanding Lawyer in Protecting Workers’ Rights and Interests” and “National May 1st Labor Medal”.

After suffering from a workplace injury in 2003, he began his career studying and practicing labor and social security law. He has provided legal aid for thousands of labor disputes, some of which have established national judicial precedents. He founded Beijing Yilian Legal Aid and Research Center of Labor, which is the first professional labor law legal aid organization in China. Yilian has provided legal services for more than 130 thousand workers and has helped nearly 7000 workers receive a total of RMB190 million of compensation. Yilian was awarded “Beijing Excellent Organization in Charity and Public Interest Activities”, and was invited to participate in labor legislation by the Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee of NPC, Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

 

USALI Hosts Delegation from China's Ministry of Land and Resources on Urban Planning Study Tour

In late November, 2013, the U.S.-Asia Law Institute welcomed a delegation of Chinese government officials from the Ministry of Land and Resources interested in learning more about urban planning from U.S. academics and practitioners in New York City.

Over the course of a two-day visit organized by Professor Frank Upham, USALI co-director and Wilf Family Professor of Property Law, Mr. Shitong Qiao, USALI Research Scholar and J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, and Ms. Heather Han (LL.M. ’10), USALI Research Scholar, the officials met with several members of the NYU community and beyond to discuss theoretical and practical approaches to urban planning.

Presentations featured Professor Vicki Been, Boxer Family Professor of Law and Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at the NYU School of Law, who discussed transferable development rights; Professor Zhan Guo, Assistant Professor at the Wagner School at NYU, who spoke about development conflict resolution in New York City; Mr. Stephen Louis, Chief of the Legal Counsel Division of the NYC Law Department, who discussed the city’s government structure; Ms. Lisa Bova-Hiatt, Deputy Chief of the NYC Law Department, who highlighted the eminent domain issues in the city; Winston Von Engel, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Office at the NYC Department of City Planning, who introduced the history of urban planning in NYC; and Professor Gerald Korngold, Professor of Law at New York Law School, who presented on U.S. Real Estate Transactions and Finance.

In addition, the delegation took a tour of City Hall and witnessed a public hearing at the NYC Department of City Planning.

In a letter written upon his return to China, delegation leader Mr. Lu Jing complimented the USALI team on the relevancy of the topics to the delegation’s interests, the comprehensive nature of the academics’ and practitioners’ presentations, and the overall tone of the meetings, which Mr. Lu described as “free and harmonious.”

USALI’s involvement in the organization of the delegation visit is representative of the Institute’s greater effort to increase intellectual exchanges between Chinese and American practitioners and scholars.

Asia Law Society's Legal Mandarin Class Now Available Online

The U.S.-Asia Law Institute and the Asia Law Society (ALS) at NYU Law are excited to announce the weekly posting of ALS's Fall 2013 Legal Mandarin Class, which takes place on Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm in Furman Hall, Room 120. Please click this link to access recordings of the Asia Law Society's Fall 2013 Legal Mandarin Class.  

From the Asia Law Society:

The purpose of the Legal Mandarin classes is to both increase students’ knowledge of Chinese and Taiwanese law and to improve their Mandarin skills. Therefore, we’re hoping that classes will be interactive, and have allotted time each week for students to ask questions and discuss the materials. Because the class will be entirely in Mandarin, proficiency in the language is recommended. Nonetheless, you do not need to participate in the discussion if you don’t want to, so students with more beginner-level skills who are interested in the class should definitely come check it out.

Here is our current curriculum for the classes we will be holding this semester:

Weekly Curriculum:

1. History of Chinese Law - Kai-chih (9/11) 2. Family Law & Gender Equality - Sylvia (9/18) 3. Human Rights - Shang-yun (9/25) 4. Criminal Law - Luping (10/2) 5. Constitutional/Administrative Law - Xiaoyi (10/9) 6. Tort Law - Yingjun (10/16) 7. Contracts - Jean (10/23) 8. Labor & Competitions - Longtao (10/30) 9. International Relations - Kai-chih (11/6) 10. IP Law - Sylvia (11/13) 11. Marriage Law - Meng (11/20) 12. Negotiations workshop - Zhouzhang (11/27)

Please click this link to shoot the Asia Law Society an email if you have any questions.