Past Events

Law and Power in China, and in its International Relations

NYU Law School Professor Jerome Cohen and Thomas Kellogg, Executive Director Georgetown Law’s Center for Asian Law

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Featured: Jerome Cohen, Professor of Law, NYU Law School; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Opening remarks by: Thomas Kellogg, Executive Director, Georgetown Law’s Center for Asian Law



Professor Jerome A. Cohen is the senior American expert on East Asian law. As Director of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School from 1964-1979, he helped pioneer the introduction of East Asian legal systems and perspectives into American legal curricula. From 1979-2000 he initiated international business law practice relating to China. He is currently Professor of Law at NYU Law School, faculty director of NYU’s U.S.- Asia Law Institute, and adjunct senior fellow for Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Chinese law and politics. See

Sponsored by: The Georgetown Center for Asian Law, The Georgetown Chinese Law Society.

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The Dawn of a New Era for FDI in China: Practical Implications of China’s New Foreign Investment Law

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Featured: Robert Lewis, Senior International Counsel, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Opening remarks by: James V. Feinerman, Associate Dean, Graduate and International Programs, Georgetown Law

Comments by: Lucille Barale, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law and retired partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

China’s new Foreign Investment Law, effective January 1, 2020, represents a fundamental shift in the foreign investment landscape for China, affecting not only all new foreign-investment enterprises going forward but also all 500,000+ existing FIEs. To provide practical insights on how to navigate this new legal environment, Robert Lewis, Senior International Counsel at Zhong Lun Law Firm in Beijing, will provide a detailed assessment of the impact of the new rules. Mr. Lewis was qualified in California in 1985 and, after working with a top national firm in Los Angeles for several years, he moved to China, where he has worked in top US, UK and Chinese law firms since 1993.

Sponsored by: The Georgetown Center for Asian Law, The Georgetown Chinese Law Society.

Freedom to Marry in Taiwan: A Milestone for LGBT Rights in Asia

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Featured: Jennifer Lu and Joyce Teng (Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan)
Moderator: Professor Nan Hunter, Georgetown Law
Opening remarks by: James V. Feinerman, Associate Dean, Graduate and International Programs

Jennifer Lu is a social worker, writer, and political activist. She has been a key player in the Taiwanese LGBT rights movement for 13 years. She currently holds positions at Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan and at the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association.

Joyce Teng is the deputy coordinator and lobbying manager for the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan. An expert on LGBT rights and the law in Taiwan, Ms Teng organized a series of amicus briefs that the Taiwanese Constitutional Court drew upon in its 2017 verdict legalizing same-sex marriage.

Sponsored by: The Georgetown Center for Asian Law, Georgetown Law Outlaw, Georgetown Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Georgetown University LGBTQ Resource Center


Michael Davis, Bonnie Leung and Joshua Wong on Hong Kong PanelHong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Protests: Voices from the Movement

September 18, 2019

Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Protests
Voices from the Movement featured:

Michael Davis: Professor of Law and International Affairs at India’s O.P. Jindal Global University; Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University; and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC

Bonnie Leung Wing-Man: Vice-Convenor of Civil Human Right Front. She is also an elected District Councillor in Hong Kong representing the Civic Party, a pan-democratic party which is known for its efforts in defending the rule of law, freedom, and human rights.

Joshua Wong: Student activist. He is the secretary-general of pro-democracy youth political group Demosistō. Time Magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014. Fortune Magazine named him one of the “Worlds’ 50 Greatest Leaders of 2015.”

Introductory remarks by:
James V. Feinerman
Associate Dean, International and Graduate Programs

Thomas E. Kellogg
Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Asian Law

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, two top advocates in India’s Supreme Court, spoke to students about the decision that decriminalized adult same-sex contact in that country.Transformative Constitutionalism: Litigating Against Section 377

February 7, 2019

Sponsors: Georgetown India Initiative, Georgetown Law Outlaw, Georgetown University LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), The Georgetown Center for Asian Law

The event featured:

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy
Advocate, Supreme Court of India


Arundhati Katju
Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy, a Rhodes Scholar, practices law before the Supreme Court of India and is a Research Scholar and Lecturer at Columbia Law School under the B.R. Ambedkar Fellowship in Indian Constitutional Law.

Arundhati Katju practices law before the Supreme Court of India and holds law degrees from the National Law School of India University and Columbia Law, where she was a Human Rights Fellow, James Kent Scholar, and Public Interest Honoree.

Sunu Chandy
Legal Director, National Women’s Law Center

International Law and Japan’s Foreign Policy

February 6, 2019

Sponsored by: Japanese Law Association at Georgetown (JLAG), Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Foreign Lawyers at Georgetown (FLAG), Georgetown International Law Society (GILS), Georgetown Law ASEAN Society, Georgetown National Security Law Society, The Georgetown Center for Asian Law


Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa
Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Japan

Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa (Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim) is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, a post he assumed in October 2017. He is also the current Permanent Observer of Organization of American States (OAS). Prior to his present position, he served as Director General of Disarmament, Non Proliferation and Science, Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. In 2014, Ambassador Aikawa was Councilor at Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat after serving as the Deputy Director General (ASEAN/APEC SOM, G7 Sous Sherpa) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. His diplomatic experience include serving in various outposts such as Japan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, and the Embassy of Japan in Tehran. Ambassador Aikawa joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983 and holds a BL degree from the University of Tokyo and an LLM from Colombia Law School.

James Feinerman
Associate Dean, International and Graduate Programs

Inside the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

September 20, 2018

Sponsored by: Georgetown Center for Asian Law, Georgetown China Law Society, Institute of International Economic Law

Natalie Lichtenstein
Inaugural General Counsel
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Natalie Lichtenstein is a US lawyer who has specialized in legal issues at international financial institutions and legal development in China since the 1970s. Following a 30-year legal career at the World Bank, she continues to teach and consult in these areas. From 2014- 2016, she served first as the Chief Counsel for the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and then as its inaugural General Counsel.

James V. Feinerman
Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs, Georgetown Law
Co-Director, Georgetown Center for Asian Law

Theresa Cheng at Georgetown Law eventTeresa Cheng, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice, Examines Dynamics of International Legal Norms

July 13, 2018

Teresa Cheng
Hong Kong Secretary for Justice

Cheng explains that “while international law as a discipline is European in origin — with Asian states, upon gaining independence, expected to respect what was already in place — Asia will play a significant role in influencing international law in the future, especially with respect to special economic zones, climate change and dispute resolution.”

End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise

March 22, 2018

Carl Minzner
Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Carl Minzner is an expert in Chinese law and governance, and has written extensively on these topics in both academic journals and the popular press.

James V. Feinerman
Associate Dean for Transnational Programs, Georgetown Law
Co-Director, Georgetown Center for Asian Law

Careers in Chinese Law: Environmental Public Interest Law

February 26, 2018

Zhang Jingjing
Open Society Fellow, Open Society Foundations
Founding Litigation Director, Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, China University of Political Science and Law

Zhang Jingjing, one of China’s leading environmental lawyers and also a top expert on Chinese overseas investment, will speak about her career path and her public interest work in China and the United States. Ms. Zhang is the founding litigation director of the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, China University of Political Science and Law, and a founding partner of the Huanzhu Environmental Public Interest Law Firm in Beijing.

Thomas E. Kellogg
Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Asian Law

Anti-Domestic Violence Law and Women’s Rights Litigation in China

November 17, 2017

Presented by: Georgetown Law Asia and the Georgetown China Law Society

Li Ying
Director, Beijing Yuanzhong Gender Development Center

Li Ying is a leading women’s rights advocate and public interest lawyer specializing in issues relating to gender equality and domestic violence. She is the Director of Beijing Yuanzhong Gender Development Center, and had served as Executive Director of the China Anti-Domestic Violence Network and Executive Director of the prominent Peking University Women’s Legal Research and Service Center, China’s first NGO specializing in providing legal aid to women. Over the past decade, Ms. Li has handled hundreds of cases, including groundbreaking cases in domestic violence, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment.

Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century, featuring: Richard McGregor, former Beijing and Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times

November 9, 2017

Richard McGregor
Former Beijing and Washington Bureau Chief
Financial Times

Richard McGregor’s Asia’s Reckoning is a compelling account of the widening geopolitical cracks in a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The toxic rivalry between China and Japan, two Asian giants consumed with endless history wars and ruled by entrenched political dynasties, is threatening to upend the peace underwritten by Pax Americana since World War II. Combined with Donald Trump’s disdain for America’s old alliances and China’s own regional ambitions, East Asia is entering a new era of instability and conflict. If the United States laid the postwar foundations for modern Asia, now the anchor of the global economy, Asia’s Reckoning reveals how that structure is falling apart.

Legal Advocacy as Liberal Resistance: The Experience of China’s Human Rights Lawyers, featuring Dr. Eva Pils

October 19, 2017

Dr. Eva Pils
Reader in Transnational Law, Dickson Poon School of Law
King’s College London

China’s human rights lawyers insist that the Party-State follow the law in all cases, including those deemed ‘sensitive’ by the authorities. For years, rights lawyers have faced a repressive system that views rights advocacy as an act of subversion. In the Xi Jinping era, the contrast between their liberal outlook and the authoritarian system has become sharper, and rights defenders are now increasingly treated as enemies. As they engage in legal resistance, these lawyers test the boundaries of the right of resistance as a human right.

Indian Supreme Court Justice Jasti Chelameswar and Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya

October 11, 2017

Hosted by: Georgetown Law Asia, South Asian Law Students Association, Amnesty International, OutLaw , Muslim Law Students Association

Panel of David Koplow, Daryl G. Kimball, Jenny Town and Jonathan WolfsthalNorth Korea Nuclear Crisis: Problems and Paths Forward

September 13, 2017

Presented by: Law Asia and the Center on National Security and the Law, together with The National Security Law Society, the Asian and Pacific American Law Students Association, and the Korean American Law Students Association.

David Koplow
Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
Co-Director, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law

Daryl G. Kimball
Executive Director, Arms Control Association

Jenny Town
Assistant Director, US-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Managing Editor,

Jonathan Wolfsthal
Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment Nuclear Policy Program
Former Senior Director for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, National Security Council