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Spring 2018


  • February 16, 2018: 3pm - 5pm in Lubar Commons (Room 7200). Lunar New Year Celebration. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Programs Office. Light refreshments will be provided. 

  • February 22, 2018: 2pm - 4pm in Room 6113. Visiting Scholar Seminar Presentation by Cheng Quian.    


  • March 16, 2018: 1pm - 3pm in Room 3226. Visiting Scholar Seminar Presentation by Ting Ying on "Campaign-Style Enforcement in China's Environmental Administration." 


  • April 26, 2018: 5pm - 7pm in Lubar Commons (Room 7200). "Escape from Developmentalism: Forging Political Inventions for Modernizing South Korea's Development Cooperation," Professor Taekyoon Kim, Seoul National University. Hosted by Professor Eunsook Jung.

Spring 2017


  • February 7, 2017: "Trump Ascendant, The U.S. in Decline, and the New World Order: Implications for US economic relations with East Asia," Professor Chuck Irish, Sherwood R. Volkman-Bascom Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law Emeritus, UW-Madison, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons.


    In his talk, Professor Irish commented on President Trump's recent election and how it will have enormous impact on U.S. trade policy. Some of the actions that President Trump has proposed are withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement, and destroying existing bilateral trade agreements. Trump has focused specifically on renegotiating trade with China because China accounts for roughly half of the U.S. trade deficit in goods. While Professor Irish recognizes the valid concern of Americans who have lost manufacturing jobs on account of globalization, he argues that decisions like these by Trump may have a marginal effect on the number of new jobs available in the U.S. What will likely increase in the U.S. is foreign direct investment by companies who are fearful of exclusion from the U.S. market. 


  • March 10, 2017: Symposium, “Histories of the Present: Postimperial Asia in the World," Sponsored by EALSC, Co-Organized by Louise Young (UW-Madison) and Kim Brandt (Columbia University). All Day Event, Pyle Center, other details pending.
  • March 14, 2017: Lecture by Professor Ethan Michelson, "Divorce in China: Women's Quest for Freedom," Indiana University, Maurer School of Law. Hosted by Professor Kathryn Hendley. 12:00pm, Lubar Commons

    Ethan Michelson

    Professor Michelson presented a new project that analyzes court data from Henan Province in China starting in 2009. Through downloading the entire Henan court’s website, Ethan Michelson and his team have been able to collect over one million cases. The focus of this study has been on divorce in Henan and the trends over the last seven years. The team observed that in cases where both parties do not consent to divorce, there is only a 40% approval rate in the first attempt. The parties must submit evidence of the breakdown of mutual affection, such as long periods of separation, extramarital affairs, or evidence of physical abuse. Judges almost never grant divorce in the first attempt in cases of non-consent, even if this evidence exists. In the second attempt, however, there is almost an 80% approval rate. In the rural areas, the team found that more women initiated divorce than men, but in the cities, the ratio was roughly fifty-fifty. At the present time, all Henan court documents have migrated over to one website under the Supreme People’s Court and divorce cases are no longer published, making the data gained by Professor Michelson and his team incredibly valuable.


  • April 6, 2017: EALSC speaker, "The Ecology of Activism: A History of Lawyer Mobilization in China" Sida Liu, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto/Former EALSC Interim Director. 4:00pm, Lubar Commons.
  • April 13, 2017: "Medical Device Recalls: A Window into Compliance," Professor Daniel Sokol, University of Florida Law School (former Hastie Fellow), lecture in the speaker series on Compliance, hosted by Professor John Ohnesorge, 12:00pm, Room 2260.

Fall 2016

  • November 3, 2016: EALSC speaker, “Law, Markets, and Globalization: An East Asian Perspective” Sungjoon Cho, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 12:00-1:15pm, refreshments served.
  • October 27, 2016: "Remembering King Bhumibol Adulyadej" A celebration of the life of King Bhumibol Adulyadej with a documentary showing, followed by memorial remarks and a signing of the National Anthem. Room 3250 at 12:00pm, hosted by the Graduate Programs.
  • October 19, 2016: Documentary Showing, "The East Asian Legal Studies Center and the Wisconsin China Initiative are co-hosting screening of a documentary, "The Chinese Mayor, " Wednesday, Oct. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor Concerto Room of the Gordon Dining and Event Center.
  • October 18, 2016: Congressman Ron Kind Roundtable, 3:00pm-4:30pm in Lubar Commons. Light refreshments will be served. Event Summary
Ron Kind
  • September 13, 2016: EALSC speaker, "Representing Chinese Companies and the Chinese Government in U.S. Trade Remedies Actions" Andy Schutz, Associate, Grunfield, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP. Lubar Commons, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, refreshments served. Hosted by EALSC, Wisconsin China Initiative, and the Center for East Asian Studies.

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