University of Wisconsin–Madison

East Asian Legal Studies Center

Center Staff

John Ohnesorge

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 current Director of the UW Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Center (2001-present), and former Chair of the Wisconsin China Initiative (2008-2012). 

Professor Ohnesorge earned his BA at St. Olaf College (1985), JD at the University of Minnesota Law School (1989), and S.J.D. at Harvard Law School (2002). During his studies, he spent several years in East Asia as a teacher and law student in Shanghai in the 1980s and lawyer in private practice in Seoul in the 1990s. During his SJD. studies, he 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 Professor Ohnesorge 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), and joined the UW Law School in fall 2001.

Affiliated Faculty

Charles IrishCharles R. Irish, EALSC Director Emeritus

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 earned his BA in economics at Columbia University and was awarded a JD 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 UW Law School and continues to actively involved in the Center's programs and activities.

Jason Yackee

Jason Yackee, Professor of Law

Professor Yackee's research focuses on international investment law, international economic relations foreign arbitration, and administrative law and politics. He teaches Contracts, International Investment Law, International Arbitration, and International Business Transactions.

Professor Yackee graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh, earned an MA and PhD in political science (International Relations) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a JD, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Duke University School of Law where he was an editor for the Duke Law Journal. He has also studied French and European law at L'Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris-2), and he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research at the Thammasat University Faculty of Law, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Professor Yackee has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed social science journals, student-edited law reviews, and edited volumes, including the George Washington Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Virginia Journal of International Law. Professor Yackee has presented his research widely, both domestically and abroad. Professor Yackee has served as a contract consultant for a major developed country on investment treaty issues, and has presented his research at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He is currently working on a major historical project that uses archival research to analyze the French government's use of diplomatic and legal means to protect its foreign investors in Africa.

Erik Ible

Erik W. Ibele, Adjunct Professor

In his practice at Neider & Boucher, S.C. Ibele focuses on intellectual property and international transactions. He works with businesses in identifying, acquiring, and protecting rights in intellectual property like copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets; and in structuring agreements involving intellectual property. Ibele also works U.S. and foreign businesses in structuring transactions involving the export and import of products and services; licensing technology; and the establishment of operations abroad.

He earned his BA from Lawrence University in Political Science, his JD from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and Graduate Study in Law at the University of Bonn, Germany in Comparative Law and Private International Law. He teaches International Business Transactions and International Trade Law at UW-Madison.

Larry Church

Larry Church, Professor of Law Emeritus

Professor Church was Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law at the UW Law School before his retirement. His research focused on Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Processes, and Property Law. He has lectured on American Law in Australia, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and Taiwan; and to foreign students at the Wisconsin International Institue.

Professor Church has many publications on agricultural topics, Zambia, and introducing American Law. He earned his BA at Amherst College and LLB at UW-Madison. He also won a Ford Foundation Fellowship in Urban and Regional Planning. Professor Church holds Emeritus status at the Law School and continues to be actively involved in the Center's programs and activities.

Administrative Staff

Laurel Belman

Laurel Belman, Research Centers Assistant

Laurel Belman assists the directors of the East Asian Legal Studies Centers, Global Legal Studies Center, and Human Rights Program. She also coordinates and executes the Centers' events (including symposiums, workshops, and speaker series), manages the Research Center's Facebook page, and administers the East Asian Legal Studies Center's Internship Program.

Ms. Belman earned her BA from Lawrence University in History and her MA from the University of Leicester, UK in Museum Studies. She has planned and executed events and programs at the Kansas History Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of American History and developed museum exhibitions at the Kansas History Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of American History's Lemelson Center, and with Quatrefoil Associates. Her publications include "Bronx (1970s)" in Places of Invention (Smithsonian Scholarly Press, 2015) and numerous articles on invention and museum objects. Her academic interests include invention and innovation, museum exhibition, and English history.

Contact Laurel Belman:
Room 6226

Wenjie HuWenjie Hu, Senior Outreach Specialist

Wenjie Hu administers the East Asian Legal Studies Center's Visiting Scholar Program. She planned and organized the Chinese Judges' Judicial Skills Training Programs. Wejie also works at the Graduate Program Office on partner school relationship development in East Asia. She led and participated in negotiating collaboration agreements between the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School and partner schools in East Asia. 

Ms. Hu earned her degree from Peking University Law School, China and her LLM LI from the UW Madison Law School. Her research interests are in Emanate Domain and Tax Law. 

Contact Wenjie Hu:

Room 3244

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