Since its founding in 1990, the East Asian Legal Studies Center has initiated and co-sponsored a variety of conferences and outreach programs.
Some of the Center's hallmark past programs are below:
Cross-Cultural Negotiations Program (1999-2010)
Advanced Judicial Skills Training Seminar (2005-2007)
The Center was awarded grants by the U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund to help support in part an Advanced Judicial Skills Training Seminar, in which two judges from Shanghai were at the University of Wisconsin Law School for one semester as visiting scholars and close observers of the U.S. judiciary. This seminar allowed the two judges to undertake in-depth research at the University of Wisconsin Law School as well as giving them an opportunity to observe judicial practices. The first Advanced Judicial Skills Seminar was held during the fall semester of 2005; two subsequent seminars were held, in spring 2007 and in fall 2007.
Municipal Government Administration Seminar for Government Officials from Shanghai, Minhang District (2007-2013)
Zhejiang Procurators' Program (China, 2007)
A professional program of training and observation for the Zhejiang Provincial Procurators was held in Madison and other cities in early December 2007. This program was presented by the Zhejiang Provincial Procuratorate and the East Asian Legal Studies Center. Zhejiang procurators had an eight-day course of study and were able to observe the different court systems in Madison, and also visited New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Urban Planners Program (2009-2010)
The East Asian Legal Studies Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University KoGuan Law School, and Shanghai Municipal Housing, Land and Resources Administration joined together to create the Seminar and Internship on Urban Planning and Real Estate Administration, informally called the "Urban Planners Program." The program was held October 16, 2009 to January 12, 2010. Its purpose was to give urban planners from Shanghai an opportunity to observe real estate administration and urban planning in the United States. Twenty urban planners from various Shanghai urban planning agencies came to Madison for the seminar.
The seminar included four weeks of lectures in Madison and related activities; intern
ships hosted by governmental offices, non-governmental organizations, and private companies; and observations in other cities.
The lectures were presented by professors from the University of Wisconsin and by urban planners and builders in Madison. The participants were given a tour of historic Stoughton, Wisconsin, where they met the city's mayor. The group also toured Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio located in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where they learned more about the world-famous architect and his use of land. The urban planners were in Madison during the time of a debate concerning Madison's Edgewater Hotel expansion project so the urban planners were able to see first-hand the process of public participation, where various sides of the issue were presented. They also attended the Madison City Council meeting where a vote was held.
After their internships, the urban planners visited New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon.