2015 Institute Faculty

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Douglas Arner (B.A., Drury College; J.D., Southern Methodist University; LL.M., Ph.D., University of London).  Mr. Arner is a Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and Project Coordinator of a major five-year project funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-based Research Scheme on “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”. In addition, he is Co-Director of the Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law, and a Senior Visiting Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.  He specialises in economic and financial law, regulation and development. He is author, co-author or editor of thirteen books, including Finance in Asia: Institutions, Regulation and Policy (Routledge 2013), From Crisis to Crisis: The Global Financial Crisis and Regulatory Failure (Kluwer 2011), Financial Stability, Economic Growth and the Role of Law (Cambridge University Press 2007) and Financial Markets in Hong Kong: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press 2006), and the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, chapters and reports on related subjects.  He is a member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council and of the International Advisory Board of the Australian Centre for International Finance and Regulation. Mr. Arner has served as a consultant with, among others, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has lectured, co-organised conferences and seminars and been involved with financial sector reform projects in over 20 economies in Africa, Asia and Europe, and has been a visiting professor or fellow at the Universities of London, McGill, Melbourne, New South Wales, Singapore and Zurich, as well as the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.  He served as Head of the Department of Law of the University of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2014 and from 2006 to 2011 he was the Director of the Faculty’s Asian Institute of International Financial Law, which he co-founded in 1999 along with the LLM in Corporate and Financial Law (of which he serves as Director). In 2007, he received HKU’s Outstanding Young Researcher Award and served as Convenor of HKU’s Law, Policy and Development Strategic Research Theme from 2008-2012. Before joining HKU in 2000, he was the Sir John Lubbock Support Fund Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London.

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Erika Buell (B.A., Colby College; J.D., New York University School of Law).  Ms. Buell is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law.  Prior to joining Duke, she was Corporate Counsel for Revolution Money Inc., leading their corporate and transactional legal matters.  She has extensive experience advising startups and other technology companies.  Ms. Buell teaches courses on transactional law, advising the entrepreneurial client, and transactional skills.

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Guo Li (LL.B., LL.D., Peking University; LL.M., Southern Methodist University; LL.M. International Finance Concentration, Harvard Law School). Mr. Guo is Law School Professor and Associate Dean of Peking University. His scholarly interests cover law, finance, business and social development, as well as the comparative studies. He has published a number of English papers in Banking Law Journal, European Business Organization Law Review, Journal of International Banking Law, Hong Kong Law Journal, International Business Lawyer, etc., and co-authored books such as Chinese Business Law (C. H. Beck & Hart) and Mergers and Acquisitions and Takeovers in China (Wolters Kluwer), in addition to several books and dozens of journal articles in Chinese. He is serving as the chief editor of PKU Journal of Legal Studies (in English), and also a member of the editorial boards for Asian Journal of Comparative Law (National University of Singapore), Securities Legal Forum (Shanghai Stock Exchange) and Securities Market Herald (Shenzhen Stock Exchange). Mr. Guo consulted with the World Bank, Chinese Supreme Court and various financial regulators, and was Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt Law School, Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University, and Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow (Freiburg Germany).

Paul Haagen (B.A., Haverford College; B.A., M.A., Oxford University; Ph.D., Princeton University; J.D., Yale University).  Mr. Haagen is Professor of Law, Associate Dean for International Initiatives, and Director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy at Duke Law School. He is also Faculty Co-Director of the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law. He has taught and lectured at universities in Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, principally on matters related to contract, arbitration and sports law.  He is a member of the American Law Institute. He has represented collegiate, amateur and professional athletes, appeared as an expert witness in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, written and lectured on sports law and acted as a consultant to individuals, companies, teams and leagues on matters related to the regulation of Olympic, collegiate and professional sports.

Shen Wei  (LL.B., LL.M., East China University of Political Science and Law; LL.M., University of Michigan; LL.M., University of Cambridge; Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science).  Mr. Shen is the KoGuan Chair Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School.  Prior to his arrival at KoGuan Law School, he practiced in major U.S. and U.K. law firms in Sydney, Shanghai, Chicago, and Hong Kong, primarily assisting multinational clients in their China-related transactions such as foreign direct investment, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, and commercial arbitration.  Mr. Shen teaches international investment law, company law, international economic law and contract law.  His current research interests include international investment law, corporate governance, financial regulation, and international commercial arbitration.  Mr. Shen has contributed to 23 books (21 in English and and two in Chinese) and authored (or co-authored) over 100 articles in English and Chinese law journals.  He is the author of three books:  Rethinking the New York Convention - A Law and Economics Approach (Cambridge: Intersentia 2013), The Anatomy of China's Banking Sector and Regulation (Wolters Kluwer 2014), and Corporate Law in China: Structure, Governance and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell 2015).  Since 2011, he has been included in Marquis Who's Who.

Sun Haochen (LL.B., Zhejiang University; LL.M, National University of Singapore; LL.M., Harvard Law School). Mr. Sun is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong Faulty of Law. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property and property.  Mr. Sun’s scholarship draws on social, cultural, and political thought to explore the theoretical foundations of intellectual property and property law. His recent research has focused on the intellectual property protection of luxury goods, the ideas of social responsibility and justice in intellectual property law, and the reconceptualization of the nature of fair use in copyright law. Mr. Sun has organized a few leading international conferences on intellectual property.

Wang Zhiqiang (LL.B., LL.M., Fudan; Ph.D, Peking; LL.M., J.S.D., Yale). Mr. Wang is a Professor of Law and the Chairperson of Academic Committee at Fudan University Law School in Shanghai. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of International Society of Chinese Law and History. During his sabbatical periods, Mr. Wang was a research fellow of Collegium de Lyon (2013-2014) and an Edward fellow of Columbia Law School (2005). His research and teaching interests include Chinese legal history, comparative legal history, comparative law and procedure law. He is the author or co-author of four books, translator of one book, and has dozens of articles published widely in leading journals on Chinese law and legal history. In addition, Mr. Wang has experience as an expert witness in Hong Kong cases where Qing law is applicable as customary law.

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Zhang Taisu (B.A., J.D., Ph.D., Yale University).  Mr. Zhang is an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Law.  He works on comparative legal history, specifically property rights in modern China and early modern Western Europe, comparative law, property law, and contemporary Chinese law.  He has recently published in the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and has a book manuscript under press review.  He has taught at Brown University, Yale, and the Peking University Law School.  Mr. Zhang has also worked at the Institute of Applied Legal Studies of the Supreme People’s Court of China, Davis Polk & Wardwell, and the Federal Defenders of New York.

"My experience at the Asia-America Institute was definitely one of the most inspiring I have ever had. The institute is a wonderful convergence of cultures, just as Hong Kong itself is a mix of Eastern and Western cultures. Excellent law students and lawyers from all over the world debate and discuss topics both inside and outside of class. It is crucial for jurists to not only make logical arguments, but also to learn and understand the logic in other opinions from different perspectives. This one-month institute is surely the best and most time-efficient way of acquiring this ability. And, of course, you will develop life-long friendships with these intelligent and lovely people."

—Li Jingzhi, participant from China