Sumudu Atapattu

Director, Research Centers

Sumudu AtapattuSumudu Anopama Atapattu is the Director of Research Centers and Senior Lecturer at UW Law School. She teaches in the area of International Environmental law and her book titled "Emerging Principles of International Environmental Law" was published by Transnational Publishers, New York in 2006.

She holds an LL.M. (Public International Law) and a Ph.D. (International Environmental Law) from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She is currently working on a book titled "Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities" which will be published by Routledge. She is affiliated with UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Center for South Asia and was a visiting professor at Doshisha University Law School, Japan, in summer 2014.

Susannah Tahk

Director, Institute for Legal Studies

Susannah TahkSusannah Camic Tahk teaches tax law and policy and supervises UW Law's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is currently the Rowe Faculty Fellow in Regulatory Law as well as an affiliate of UW-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty. Before coming to UW Law, Tahk practiced in the tax group in the Washington, DC office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she focused on controversy and policy matters.

Tahk is currently writing a book tentatively titled The Tax War on Poverty that explores the reasons for and consequences of tax policies that address poverty in the U.S. In 2015, Tahk received the Vilas Early Career Investigator Award from UW-Madison and was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Alexandra Huneeus

Director, Global Legal Studies Center

Alex HuneeusAlexandra Huneeus is a leading authority on human rights law in Latin America. She has written extensively about international human rights courts, with an emphasis on their relation to national courts, as well as to other international courts. Her work stands at the intersection of law, political science and sociology, and has been published in the American Journal of International Law, Law and Social Inquiry, Yale Journal of International Law, Cornell International Law Journal and by Cambridge University Press.

In 2013, she was awarded the American Association for Law Schools Scholarly Papers Prize, as well as the American Society for Comparative Law Award for Younger Scholars (for two different articles). Currently, she holds an NSF grant to explore the impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on domestic prosecutions of state atrocity. She is Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, received her PhD, JD and BA from University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doc at Stanford's Center on Development, Democracy and the Rule of Law.

John Ohnesorge

Director, East Asian Legal Studies Center

John OhnesorgeProfessor 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 Chair of the Wisconsin China Initiative (2008-2012). A native of Minneapolis, Professor Ohnesorge received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College (1985), his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School (1989), and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (2002). Along the way he has spent several years in East Asia, first as a teacher and law student in Shanghai in the 1980s, and then as a lawyer in private practice in Seoul in the 1990s.

During the course of his S.J.D. studies, Professor Ohnesorge 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 he 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), then joined the Law School in the fall of 2001.

Michelle Preston

Manager, Research Centers

Michelle PrestonMichelle Preston is the Research Centers Manager at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In this position, she is responsible for all logistics associated with coordinating academic programs and events organized by the Research Centers.

She works primarily with events and programs organized by the Institute for Legal Studies. Preston earned her BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Prior to her position at the Law School, she worked as a Community Relations Assistant with Wisconsin Athletics.

Laurel Belman

Administrative Assistant, Research Centers

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

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.

Wenjie Hu

Outreach Specialist, East Asian Legal Studies Center

Wenjie HuWenjie 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. 

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