2016 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.

Ben Boer (LL.B., B.A. (Hons), LL.M., University of Melbourne).  Mr. Boer began teaching Environmental Law in 1979 at Macquarie University, in Sydney.  He was Professor in Environmental Law, University of Sydney between 1992-2008.  He was also international director of the IUCN Academy at the University of Ottawa from 2006-2008.  He was appointed as Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney in late 2008.  In 2011, Mr. Boer was appointed as Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law.  In 2015, he was awarded the IUCN Academy Senior Scholarship Award.  He will be the Deputy Chair of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature until September 2016.  Mr. Boer has published widely in the area of environmental and natural resources law and policy.

Diane Dimond (B.A., University of Iowa; J.D, Harvard Law School).  Ms. Dimond is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School.  She currently teaches an upper-level seminar in Negotiation and in the past has also taught Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing (to both U.S. and international students), 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 and 2013.  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 17 years of practice, she joined the Duke Law faculty to teach full time in 1994.  She was appointed as a Clinical Professor of Law in January 2001 and continued in that capacity until July 2015.  She was the Director of Legal Writing from 1998 to 2013.  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.

Ding Xiaodong (B.A., M.A., Sun Yat-Sen University; Ph.D., Peking University; LL.M., J.S.D. Candidate, Yale University).  Mr. Ding is Assistant Professor of Law at Renmin University Law School in China.  His areas of interest are constitutional law, administrative law and legal theory.  Before joining the faculty of Renmin University Law School, he served as the Chief Editor of Peking University Law Review and Sun Yat-Sen University Law Review.  He has published several articles on constitutional theory, jurisprudence and political theory.

Stefan Gruber Mr. Gruber is an associate professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research of Kyoto University. Until 2013, he taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney, and held visiting positions at several universities in the Asia-Pacific. He also continues to teach and research at law schools in China and East Asia at a regular basis. Mr. Gruber was educated at the Universities of Sydney, Frankfurt, Mainz, and at Harvard Law School, and holds degrees in law, philosophy, and political science. His regional focus is on East and Southeast Asia and particularly China. His research and publications concentrate on the conservation of cultural heritage, sustainable development law and policy, international and comparative environmental law, and human rights. Another major focus is on the illicit trafficking of cultural property and other forms of art crime, their prevention and prosecution, and the restitution of illegally exported objects.

Guo Rui (LL.B., China University of Political Science and Law; LL.M., S.J.D., Harvard University).  Mr. Guo is Associate Professor of Law at Renmin Law School.  He is also Editor of Frontier of Law in China (Beijing).  He has taught and lectured at universities in the United States, Switzerland, and Brazil on corporate governance and public ownership.  He is an expert for Supreme People's Court on foreign laws.

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.

Angela Itzikowitz (B.A., LL.B., University of Stellenbosch).  Ms. Itzikowitz is a Professor of Law in the Mandela Institute at the University of Witwatersrand, where she teaches banking and financial markets law.  She is also a visiting professor at a number of foreign universities and is a director at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENSafrica) in Johannesburg, in the Banking and Finance Department.  She specializes in financial market regulation, including securitization and banking. She has been the lead lawyer in a number of digital finance initiatives, including RainFin (P2P lending), crowd funding, MPesa South Africa, MTN Mobile Money and FNB eWallet.  She has also participated in a number of law reform projects both in Southern Africa and in other SADC countries.  Her clients include large corporations, local and foreign banks, insurers, retailers and various regulators.  She was nominated Best Banking Lawyer in Chambers and Partners in 2015 and has been ranked as a Tier 1 banking and finance lawyer in IFLR and Chambers and Partners for a number of successive years.

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.  He is a lawyer qualified in New York practicing for a decade, mostly in Hong Kong, on foreign direct investment, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. His main research interests include financial regulation, corporate governance, international investment law and commercial arbitration. Mr. Shen has published more than 100 articles in Chinese and English journals, and is the author of the 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), How Is International Economic Order Shaped? – Law, Markets and Globalisation (China Law Press 2014), Corporate Law in China: Structure, Governance and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell 2015), and Investor Protection in Capital Markets – The Case of Hong Kong (Sweet & Maxwell 2015).  Mr. Shen is an arbitrator with Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, Shanghai Arbitration Commission, and Shenzhen International Court of Arbitration.

Dan Tokaji (A.B., Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School).  Mr. Tokaji is Charles W. Ebersold & Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, where he teaches courses in Election Law, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts and Legislation. He is a co-author of the casebook Election Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2012) and the author of Election Law in a Nutshell (2013). He has published numerous law review articles addressing questions of political equality, racial justice, and the role of the federal courts in American democracy.  Recent publications include Responding to Shelby County: A Grand Election Bargain, 8 Harvard Law & Policy Review 71 (2014), and Applying Section 2 to the New Vote Denial, 50 Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review 439 (2015).  Mr. Tokaji clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Jeff Ward (B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Northern Illinois University; J.D. & LL.M. in International & Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law).  Mr. Ward is Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Duke Law School's Start-Up Ventures Clinic, where he and his students counsel eligible seed and early-stage entrepreneurs on a wide variety of legal matters including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing, commercialization strategies, and operational issues.  Prior to serving as Director of the Start-Up Ventures Clinic, Mr. Ward was supervising attorney in Duke Law School's Community Enterprise Clinic, where students practiced law with community organizations as clients.  His teaching and his own law 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.

"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