Our recent, current, and soon to arrive visiting scholars are working on a variety of interesting topics. Learn more about them below.
Sung Bae Kim (College of Law Kookim University in Seoul, South Korea)
Visiting: February 2018-February 2019
Faculty Liaison: Steph Tai
Mr. Kim is working on three projects:
- The EPA's role on CERCLA and land contamination regulation. This project seeks to improve the risk assessment program component of the South Korean Soil Environment Act through a comparative study between Korea and the U.S.
- Recent developments relating to the Toxic Substances Control Act. This research project looks at EPA regulations and the chemical inventory.
- Presidential power of immigration policy and application of laws and regulations. In the U.S. and South Korea, major immigration policies are often set by presidential decree or administrative legislation, not by law. This study examines the recent U.S. immigration policy changes in the Trump Administration and compares this to the situation in Korea.
Eun Jung Yoo (Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea)
Visiting: March 2018-February 2019
Eun Jung Yoo is comparing Korean law with U.S. federal law and states' constitutional law regarding disabled students' right to an education. This includes analysis of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the free and appropriate education of students with disabilities, focusing on Endrew F. v. the Douglas County School District. She hopes her research will help improve and amend special education law and its enforcement.
Her second research project examines the conflict of free exercise of religion vs. same-sex equality. She will analyze the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the hope that her research will contribute to Korea's current discussion on the free exercise of religion vs. same-sex equality.
Chengyan Shen (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China)
Visiting: June 2018-December 2018
Chengyan Shen will research the application of the public interest principle in the adjudication of intellectual property cases. Public interests in the adjudication of intellectual property cases is an ambiguous concept so an outcome of her research is to theoretically interpret it in detail to safeguard public interests through institutional improvement instead of moral appeals. The research will provide guidance and standardize the application of the public interest principle to the adjudication of intellectual property cases. It will also help prevent public interests from being abused, generalized, or weakened in the adjudication of the intellectual property cases to maximize public interests in the adjudication of cases and protect the interests of intellectual property rights holders.
Zhaoyang Cheng (Yantai University in Yantai, China)
Visiting: August 2018-August 2019
Zhaoyang Cheng will study the UW Law School's law-in-action approach to teaching, and learn how to apply it to Yanai University's classroom teaching and learning of law. He also plans to acquire a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Modern Anglo-American legal jurisprudence regarding its research focus, features, and latest theories and research methods, and to collect reference materials for his present postgraduate course on the topic and project "Some Basic Issues on Legal language and the Rule of Law."
Xinyuam Shi (Xiamen University in Xiamen, China)
Visiting: September 2018-September 2019
"Gatekeeping," when a generalist doctor controls patients' access to specialist care, has been discussed as an important policy option to promote balanced utilization of medical resources and increase the quality and efficiency of public health services in China. Xinyuam Shi will examine and compare the causes and remedies of the failure of various gatekeeper mechanisms consisting of the "principal-agent" mechanism, the reputation mechanism, and the legal responsibility mechanism in foreign securities markets (especially the U.S.) to perfect the gatekeeper mechanism in China, thereby strengthening the corporate governance and the protection of investors' rights.
Zhe Wang (Jilin University of Finance and Economics in Changchun, China)
Visiting: October 2018-September 2019
Zhe Wang will study the history of plea bargaining and justice and efficiency in plea bargaining. China has a new pilot procedure for pleading guilty in the hopes to promote efficiency. He hopes that understanding the rationality and limitation of plea bargaining in the U.S. will help establish a better procedure for pleading guilty in China.
Qingmei Guo (East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, China)
Visiting November 2018-November 2019
Qingmei Guo will conduct comparative studies of 1) the legislative procedure and parliament system under the constitution of a democratic system; and 2) the new development of the legislative procedure in a democratized country and a 21st century developed country.
Jianxun Du (Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China)
Visiting: December 2018-December 2019
Jianxun Du will conduct a comparative study between China and U.S. environmental risk regulation. He will research the causes and trends of the environmental risk in China and the United States and compare 1) the response and social effects of Chinese and American government institutions on environmental risk; 2) the responsibility and response of the various action entities in the Chinese and American environmental risk governance; 3) the ability of the various action entities in the Chinese and American environmental risk governance and administrative response toward legal appraisement index; 4) the Chinese and American environmental risk governance systems and governance modes; 5) the operational guarantee mechanism of Chinese and American risk regulation.
Yajie Xu (East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, China)
Visiting December 2018-December 2019
Yajie Xu will study how to use criminal regulation to protect privacy and personal information online in the great data age. She intends to study different codes, acts, thesis and cases about privacy online add data security in the USA, visit judicial branches to learn effective factors to impact privacy online through case decisions, visiting law firms to learn how they defend online privacy, visiting executive branches to study their measures to guarantee data security, summarize and conclude some measures and opinions, and compare laws in China and the US.