Visiting Scholars and Professors

The East Asian Legal Studies Center (EALSC) has a proud history of hosting accomplished visiting scholars and professors from East and Southeast Asia. Through the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experiences, the Visiting Scholar and Professor Programs enrich the intellectual and research endeavors of the visitor, law school faculty and students, and the global law community.

Books and Journals on East Asia Law

Visiting Scholars

  • Stay at the Law School for three months to one year
  • Receive guidance from or collaborate with a UW Law School faculty advisor
  • Exchange ideas with UW faculty, other visiting scholars, guest speakers, neighboring institutions, UW students, and the Madison Wisconsin community
  • Join a supportive network of current and former visiting scholars
  • Discover the vibrant Law School, UW, and Madison communities in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin 
  • Typically are junior or senior law faculty members at another institution
  • Present their research as part of the Law School's Seminar Program

Learn about our Current Visiting Scholars

Apply to be a Visiting Scholar on the Global Legal Studies Visiting Scholars Program page
The EALSC cannot provide housing for visiting scholars but can suggest possible accommodations. 


James B. MacDonald Distinguished Professorship

The James B. MacDonald Distinguished Professorship was established in 1995 in honor of UW Law Professor James B. MacDonald. It is awarded to notable faculty members from East Asia to teach and/or lecture short term at the Law School.

Professor MacDonald was a powerful advocate of environmental protection and conceived of and built the Law School's environmental law curriculum. In 1978, and during the 1986-1987 academic year he researched regulations, laws, and administrative procedures of Japanese water resources.

2019 Visiting Professor

Professor Junji Nakagawa
February 24, 
2019 to March 13, 2019

Professor Junji Nakagawa, Professor of International Economic Law Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. Scholar on international trade. 

Talks by Professor Nakagawa:
To be scheduled 


Previous James B. MacDonald Visiting Professors

  • 1996 Koichiro Fujikura, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 Pisawat Sukonthapan, Mekong Region Law Center, Thailand
  • 1998 Itsuko Matsuura, Aichi University, Aichi, Japan
  • 1998 Yoshiharu Matsuura, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • 2000 Norio Higuchi, University of Tokyo
  • 2002 Ko Hasegawa, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan



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