PALS Professor Lawrence Foster Presents at East-West Center China Seminar-“China Dream: Rule of Law”

PALS Professor Lawrence “Larry” Foster ’81 gave a presentation, “China Dream: Rule of Law?”  to the China Seminar on September 11. The China Seminar meets monthly during the academic year, sponsored by the Friends of the East-West Center.


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PALS Professor Diane Desierto Presents At International Investment Law Forum of the European Society of International Law

On September 12th, PALS Professor Diane Desierto gave a presentation about the methodological consequences of the private (contract)-public (governance) divide in international investment arbitration. Diane spoke at the International Investment Law Forum of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) annual conference, hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna.

This week, Diane met with colleagues at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands to discuss the Law School’s international law and international arbitration programs, student internships, and her collaborative research projects for the ASEAN Law & Integration Center (ALIC).

Yesterday, Diane gave the Runnymede Lecture at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law and Amsterdam Center for International Law. She spoke about “Inequality in International Law: Compliance with Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Implementation of International Economic Law.”
This was the first in a series of talks about her forthcoming book, Public Policy in International Economic Law: The ICESCR in Trade, Finance, and Investment, to be published by Oxford University Press in February 2015.

On Monday, Diane will participate at the annual planning sessions and Board meetings of the European Journal of International Law in Florence, Italy.

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PALS Welcomes Students from Waseda University School of Law and Meijo University School of Law in Japan

The William S. Richardson School of Law and PALS welcomed 42 law students from two universities in Japan  as part of our ongoing exchange programs with Waseda and Meijo universities. Professor Masayuki Tanamura, dean of the Graduate School of Law at Waseda, accompanied a group of 30 students, and Law Professor Masaki Enomoto (Visiting Scholar 2008-2010) brought 12 students from Meijo. Mark Levin and Spencer Kimura ’96 hosted the group. Professor Tomohiko Maeda, Faculty of Law, Meijo University, who just arrived at the Law School as a Visiting Scholar, also attended.


Meijo University law students


Waseda University law students

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Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal Announces 2014-2015 Executive Board, Senior Editors, & Staff Editors

The Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (APLPJ) announced its 2014-2015 executive board, senior editors, and staff editors:

Co-Editor in Chief – Garrett Halydier ’15
Co-Editor in Chief Joshua Michaels ’15
Executive Editor – Lisa Sugai ’16
Managing Editor – Frannie Demapan ’15
Executive Publications Editor – Joelle Yamamoto ’15
Senior Editor – Michelle Ching ’15
Senior Editor – Megumi Lachapelle ’15
Senior Editor – Karen Vance ’15

Staff Editors are: Stephanie Batzer ’16, Derek Brow ’16, Devon Catalan ’16, Jordan Davis ’16, Michael Dunford ’15,Fern Ann Grether ’15, Saisamoa Grey Price ’16, Stephanie Lee ’15, Keone Nakoa ’15, Nadezna Ortega ’16, Raven Julia Sevilleja ’16, Rebecca Soon ’16, Louise Togiai ’15, Jessia Uchida ’16, and Ivy Yeung ’16

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PALS Co-Sponsors Talk By Dr. Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University College of Law, on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property, Trade, and the Pacific Rim”

Richardson’s Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program (PALS) and Environmental Law Program cosponsored a talk with the UH Mānoa Political Science Department by Dr. Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University College of Law about “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property, Trade, and the Pacific Rim.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is said to be a “highly secretive and expansive free trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries, including Australia.” This presentation provides a critical evaluation of the TPP’s key chapters.

Dr. Rimmer is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and an associate director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA). He is also a member of the ANU Climate Change Institute.

The talk was in Room 254.


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ASEAN Law & Integration Center Hosts Roundtable “ASEAN 2015 Integration and Impacts for CMLV Member States”

The William S. Richardson School of Law’s Asian Law & Integration Center hosted a roundtable discussion on “ASEAN 2015 Integration and Impacts for the CMLV  (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam) Member States.”
Speakers included: PALS Professors David Cohen and Diane Desierto, and Professor Michael Ewing-Chow, National University of Singapore Center for International Law.
The panel discussed the differences in integration between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union. How will integration into a single market under regional governance impact trade investment, environment, labor, and human rights in Southeast Asia and particularly the CMLV countries, which face greater developmental and governance challenges?
The discussion was in the Moot Courtroom

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PALS Welcomes Visiting Scholar Junko Sugimoto, Nihon University (Japan)

The William S. Richardson School of Law and PALS welcomes Visiting Scholar Junko Sugimoto from Nihon University in Japan.

Professor Sugimoto will be researching bankruptcy law and comparing the U.S. with Japan, working with Charles Booth. She is particularly interested in cases involving the amendments of the priority rule and reorganization. Professor Sugimoto will be visiting until August 2015.


Visiting Scholar Junko Sugimoto  

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