John K.M. Ohnesorge, Director
Professor Ohnesorge teaches Business Organizations and Administrative Law, as well as seminars in Chinese Law, and in law and economic development in developing countries. He is the former Associate Director and then Director of the Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Center (2001-2014), and former Chair of the Wisconsin China Initiative (2008-2012).
A native of Minneapolis, Professor Ohnesorge received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College (1985), his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School (1989), and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (2002). Along the way he has spent several years in East Asia, first as a teacher and law student in Shanghai in the 1980s, and then as a lawyer in private practice in Seoul in the 1990s.
During the course of his S.J.D. studies, Professor Ohnesorge spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, on a fellowship from Harvard's Center for European Studies. In 2000 he served as a lecturer at Harvard Law School, co-teaching with Professor William P. Alford. From 2000 to 2001 he clerked for Federal District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel (D. Mass), then joined the Law School in the fall of 2001.
Charles R. Irish is the Founding Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center and now its Senior Director Emeritus. Professor Irish was Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law at the Law School before his retirement and taught courses on international taxation, international business transactions, and legal issues involving North America and East Asia. Over the course of his career, Professor Irish has traveled to over 70 countries and now he is a frequent lecturer in East and Southeast Asia on international tax and international trade matters. He also has done extensive advisory work on tax reform and trade policy for governments in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Professor Irish's research interests focus on international taxation, trade policies and U.S. laws affecting international business. He has written many articles and monographs on international taxation, trade policies and presently is writing a book on U.S. laws affecting international business. Professor Irish majored in economics at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. degree. He was awarded the J.D. degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review.
Professor Irish holds Emeritus status at the Law School and continues to be actively involved in the Center's programs and activities.
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