Shahla Ali - (B.A., Stanford University; J.D., Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley). Ms. Ali is an assistant professor of law and deputy director of the LL.M. in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Her teaching and research focus on arbitration and dispute resolution, law and development in East Asia, and access to justice. She is the author of “Resolving Disputes in the Asia Pacific Region: International Arbitration and Mediation in East Asia and the West” (Routledge, 2010). Prior to joining the faculty of law, she worked at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in its international trade/compliance group. She has consulted with USAID and IFC/World Bank on issues pertaining to access to justice and resource dispute resolution and his provided negotiation training for UN staff. She currently serves on the IBA Drafting Committee for Investor-State Mediation Rules. Ms. Ali is an accredited mediator (HKMC) and a public arbitrator (FINRA).
Charles Booth - (B.A., Yale University; J.D., Harvard University). Mr. Booth is Professor of Law, Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar and Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Mr. Booth returned to the Richardson School of Law in 2006, having taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong from 1989 to 2005. In Hong Kong, he also served as the Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law for five years and as Co-Director of the Asia-America Institute for a decade. Mr. Booth’s primary research interests are in comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law, Hong Kong and Chinese insolvency law reform, and the development of insolvency and commercial law infrastructures in Asia, the Pacific, and Europe. He has co-authored A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (2010), the Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2010), and the Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2009). He is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He has served as a consultant on insolvency and commercial law reform projects for many international organizations including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the EBRD, and the OECD. He has been involved in projects in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Vanuatu, and in Europe and Asia generally.
Surya Deva - (B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., LL.M., University of Delhi; Ph.D., University of Sydney). Mr. Deva is an associate professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He has taught previously at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University, Bhopal. His primary research interests lie in corporate social responsibility, Indo-Chinese constitutional law, international human rights, globalization, and sustainable development. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles in these areas and also prepared two major reports on Access to Justice: Human Rights Abuses Involving Corporations (concerning India and China) for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Geneva. Recent and forthcoming books include Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect? (co-editor with David Bilchitz) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); and Regulating Corporate Human Rights Violations: Humanizing Business (London/New York: Routledge, 2012). He is also the Faculty Editor of the City University of Hong Kong Law Review.
Diane Dimond - (B.A., University of Iowa; J.D, Harvard Law School). Ms. Dimond is a Clinical Professor of Law and the co-director of Legal Writing at Duke Law School. She teaches the first-year course in Legal Analysis, Research & Writing and two upper-level seminars, Negotiation and Contract Drafting. She has taught Introduction to American Law at Duke’s summer institutes in Geneva in 2004 and 2010 and in Hong Kong in 2007. Ms. Dimond began her practice of law in New York City at a major Wall Street firm in the litigation department and after six years moved to North Carolina, where she continued her practice in litigation, first as an associate and later as a partner, in a large North Carolina firm. Her major practice area was in commercial litigation, including employment-related litigation and advice, defense of securities fraud actions, trade secrets/intellectual property suits, nuclear power plant construction litigation, personal injury insurance defense, and representation of both corporate clients and foreign governmental bodies in transnational disputes. She has had extensive experience in pre-trial discovery and motion practice, lay and expert witness preparation, appellate brief writing, computerized document management, and settlement negotiations. While most of the matters she handled were filed in state and federal courts, she has also represented clients in a number of arbitration proceedings. After almost seventeen years of practice, she joined the Duke Law faculty to teach full time in 1994, and was appointed as Clinical Professor of Law in January 2001. In 2004, she won the Duke Bar Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a member of the bars of the states of New York and North Carolina, as well as a number of federal district and appellate courts.
Andrew Harding - (Ph.D., Monash University; M.A., Oxford University; LL.M., National University of Singapore). Mr. Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He began his academic career at NUS before moving to SOAS, University of London, where he became Head of School and Director of the Centre for South East Asian Studies. He joined NUS from the University of Victoria, BC Canada, where he was Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. He has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made numerous contributions to scholarship in comparative law, and law and development, having published nine books as author or editor. Mr. Harding is co-founding editor of Hart Publishing’s book series “Constitutional Systems of the World,” a major resource for constitutional law in context, and has co-authored the book on Thailand in that series (2011). His book on Malaysia in the same series is at press.
Noboru Kashiwagi - (B.A., Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo). Mr. Kashiwagi is professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and a fellow at Chuo Law School. He was professor of law at the University of Tokyo from 1993 to 2003 and professor of law at Chuo University from 2003 to 2012. He taught for a few weeks each at Duke Law School, Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, Michigan Law School, and Tulane Law School. He also taught at the Asia-America Institute in 1998. Before becoming a professor of law, Mr. Kashiwagi worked for the Legal Department of Mitsubishi Corporation, including working in New York from 1984 to 1988. His primary research interests are in law of international business transactions, world trade law, and international insolvency law. He taught, with other professors, a cross-border insolvency seminar at the University of Tokyo. Recently, Mr. Kashiwagi completed the review of an English translation of the Japanese Corporate Reorganization Act, which will soon be seen at the web site of the Japanese Statutes in English, offered by the Ministry of Justice of Japan. He is chairman of the Committee for Promotion of Translation of Japanese Statutes under the Ministry of Justice.
Amir Licht - (B.A. (Econ), LL.B., Tel Aviv University; LL.M., S.J.D., Harvard Law School). Mr. Licht is Professor of Law at the Radzyner Law School at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a former Dean of the Law School (2005-09). His research focuses on comparative corporate governance, cultural dimensions of social institutions, and international securities regulation. Mr. Licht has written on the interaction between national regulatory regimes governing cross-listed firms and on the role of culture in corporate governance, corruption and the rule of law, and international investment. He was a visiting professor at Berkeley Law School and was subsequently affiliated at Berkeley Law, where he was involved in research on corporate governance. He has served as an advisor to the Israeli Securities Authority and the Ministry of Justice. He is also a council member at the Israeli Institute of Corporate Governance and a research fellow at the European Institute of Corporate Governance.
Raul Pangalangan - (A.B., LL.B., University of the Philippines; LL.M., S.J.D., Harvard Law School). Mr. Pangalangan teaches constitutional law and public international law at the University of the Philippines. He was awarded the Laylin Prize in international law and the Sumner Prize on issues of international peace at Harvard and the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law. He was a visiting professor at the Harvard Law School in Spring 2007 and Fall 1998 and lectured at the Hague Academy in 2008. Mr. Pangalangan has lectured at Melbourne University, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Thessaloniki Institute of International Public Law, and has frequently lectured on international humanitarian law for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was a Philippine Delegate and a Drafting Committee member at the Rome Conference that established the International Criminal Court. He is currently an Asian Public Intellectual Fellow of the Nippon Foundation.
Colin Picker - (A.B., Bowdoin College, J.D., Yale University). Mr. Picker is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Australia). Prior to joining UNSW in 2010, he was the Daniel L. Brenner/UMKC Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He entered academia in 2000, after practicing in the International Group of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. His practice included transnational and trade litigation, international transactions and international congressional policy work. Prior to practice in Washington, he clerked for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Picker has published widely in the areas of international trade/international economic law, international law, and comparative law. He has published in many journals, including the Yale Journal of International Law, the Journal of Comparative Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, and the Tulane Law Review. Among other books, he is also a co-author of Comparative Legal Traditions: Texts, Materials and Cases on Western Law, 3d Edition (Thomson West) (with Mary Ann Glendon and Paolo Carozza). Mr. Picker was one of the founders and is presently Executive Vice President of the Society of International Economic Law, a global academic organization for international economic law. He has also been active in the International Economic Law Group of the American Society of International Law (Co-Chair 2005-07), and in the American Society of Comparative Law (a member of the Executive Council and former Chair of the Young Comparatists Committee).
Shen Wei - (Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science; LL.M., Univeristy of Cambridge; LL.M., University of Michigan; LL.B., LL.M., East China University of Political Science and Law). Mr. Shen is the Special Oriental Scholar Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s KoGuan 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. He current research interests include international investment law, corporate governance, financial regulation, and international commercial arbitration. Mr. Shen has contributed to sixteen books (fourteen in English and two in Chinese) and authored (or co-authored) over seventy articles in English and Chinese law journals. Since 2011, he has been included in Marquis Who’s Who.
Jeffrey Ward - (B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Northern Illinois University; J.D., LL.M. in International & Comparative Law, Duke Law School). Mr. Ward is a Lecturing Fellow and a Supervising Attorney in Duke Law School’s Community Enterprise Clinic. In addition to the Clinic, a course in which students practice law with community organizations as clients, he teaches courses on legal interviewing and counseling, rhetoric and advocacy, legal issues pertaining to food and agricultural issues, and a course in legal ethics. His teaching and his own practice focus on corporate and transactional law. As an associate with the Chicago office of an international law firm, he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He also served as a fellow at a community economic development law organization in the city of Chicago, where he counseled and developed resources for community organizations and provided legal and planning advice to start-up entrepreneurs. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked first as a business consultant with Arthur Andersen in Chicago and then as an English teacher.
Zhu Guobin - (B.A., M.A., LL.M., Renmin University of China; LL.M., Hong Kong University; Ph.D., HDR, University of Aix-Marseilles). Mr. Zhu is an associate professor of law at the City University of Hong Kong. He is an adjunct professor/research fellow at Wuhan University Law School, Shandong University, and Zhejiang University Law School. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School (2007-08) and Columbia Law School (2011). Mr. Zhu’s teaching and research are in the areas of Chinese and comparative constitutional law, Hong Kong basic law, the law of human rights and civil liberties, and Chinese public administration. Mr. Zhu has published extensively in these areas in English, Chinese and French. He has authored nine books, co-authored four books, edited six books and contributed to numerous journals.