Welcome to the web site of the University of Michigan Asia Law Society. Since its founding in 2005 as the UM China Law Society, the ALS has kept as its core mission the exchange of legal knowledge across vast boundaries, and a bridging of academic and legal knowledge to gain a unique perspective on the region. This site is a reflection of the activities sponsored by ALS, containing useful information on upcoming and past events. We hope you find the content useful, and we thank you for visiting.




Stay tuned for exciting new events throughout the semester!




ALS Salon
Topic: Corruption in Asia
Thursday, September 26, 7:30-9:30pm
Law Quad Recreation Room 
Come join ALS for our first annual salon! An informal and unstructured discussion of current events in Asia. In light of the recent Bo Xilai trial, our first topic will be corruption in Asia. There will be snacks!

Student Org Open House

Please join the Asia Law Society at this year's Student Organization Open House! Come meet current members at our table in the Lower Level of Aikens Commons on Thursday, September 19th from 4:30PM-6:30PM! We look forward to seeing you there! 



Drinking in Japan

A talk by Professor Mark D. West 

Tuesday, April 9th at 12:00PM-1:00PM,

in 1225 South Hall 

Your last chance to see Michigan Law School’s very own Professor Mark West talk about Japan before he (officially) becomes the next dean! The talk will feature lots of drunks and their bad decisions as seen in the Japanese court opinions.

You don’t want to miss this!  


ALS Election 

Please join the Asia Law Society at this year's last general body meeting and elections at lunch on Friday, April 5th, 12:00 PM in 0225 South Hall. We have a great set of candidates for the 2013-2014 ALS Executive Board. Please join us and meet your new ALS Executive Board. Lunch will be provided! 


Get to Know Michigan Law's Asia Law Society!

 @ MO MO TEA, 1213 South University

at 5:15PM, Friday, March 22nd

Want to learn about Asia? Want to travel to Asia?

Want to work in Asia? Want to live in Asia?

What can Michigan and Asia Law Society do for you?

Experts will be there to talk to you about all that.

See http://students.law.umich.edu/als/

For who we are and what we do.



 Political Connections

and the Use of Courts in China

A talk by Professor Yuen Yuen Ang

Wednesday, March 27th at 12:00PM-1:00PM,

in 138 Hutchins Hall 

Prof. Ang of the University of Michigan Department of Political Science will discuss how political connections influence the use of courts among private firms in transitional and authoritarian settings, specifically in China. She will be presenting her research into why politically connected Chinese firms are more inclined than unconnected firms to use courts over informal means of dispute resolution.


  ALS 1L Jobs Lunch

An Informal Student Discussion on Summer Opportunities in Asia
Thursday, 11/15, 12PM @ SH 1225

Talk to 2L's and 3L's who found various 1L summer jobs abroad in Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam - working in public interest, government, and law firms. 

If you have any interest in working in Asia for the whole summer, part of the summer, or after graduation, or you would like to split your summer between jobs in Asia and the US, you'll get a chance to hear how they landed their jobs!

Come enjoy drinks with APALSA & ALS  on Thursday, November 15, at Dominick's from 6-8 pm!! 

Get to know Professor Herzog & Professor Becker! 
Unwind with your classmates before Thanksgiving! Do RSVP to [contacts]. See you there! 

Professor Don Herzog is the Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law. His main teaching interests are political, moral, legal, and social theory; constitutional interpretation; torts; and the First Amendment. He is the author of Without Foundations: Justification in Political TheoryHappy Slaves: A Critique of Consent TheoryPoisoning the Minds of the Lower OrdersCunning, and the forthcoming Household Politics: Conflict in Early Modern England (2012).
Professor Ted Becker is the assistant director of the Legal Practice Program. Before joining the Law School faculty as a clinical assistant professor in 2000, Prof. Becker was a litigator with Dickinson Wright in Lansing, specializing in telecommunications arbitrations and other administrative agency proceedings. He also has substantial appellate experience in general corporate litigation, both with Dickinson Wright and as a sole practitioner. 

ALS Salon
In the event of oversubscription, guests will be chosen at random. Guest list will be finalized (and guests notified) by Monday, November 12.



Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna

When: Rescheduled for Winter Semester

Where: Hutchins Hall (Room TBA)

The Asia Law Society presents Michigan Law's very own Professor Vikramaditya Khanna. Come hear Professor Khanna discuss "Legal Issues in Infrastructure Development in India: Insights for Other Emerging (and Emerged?) Markets?"

Professor Vikramaditya Khanna is codirector of the Joint Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law & Policy, a collaboration between Michigan Law and India's Jindal Global Law School. 



Prof. Reuven Avi-Yonah – Chinese Tax Law

When: Monday, October 22nd 2012, 12-1 PM

Where: Hutchins Hall - Room 218

Come join Michigan Law Professor Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law and Director of the International Tax LLM Program, as he discusses how Chinese tax law has changed over time and whether this reflects global trends. Given the growing influence of China on an international scale, its tax law will be important for anyone doing business in China or trading with China. 

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law and director of the International Tax LLM Program at the University of Michigan Law School, specializes in corporate and international taxation. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on tax competition, and is a member of the steering group for OECD's International Network for Tax Research. He is also the chair of the AALS Tax Section and trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and an international research fellow at Oxford University's Centre for Business Taxation. In addition to prior teaching appointments at Harvard University (law) and Boston College (history), he practiced law with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York; with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York; and with Ropes & Gray, Boston. After receiving his BA, summa cum laude, from Hebrew University, he earned three additional degrees from Harvard University: an AM in history, a PhD in history, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He has published over 150 books and articles, including International Tax as International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Global Perspectives on Income Taxation Law (Oxford University Press, 2011).



Of Promise and Pitfalls: U.S. Corporations in

the Developing World 

A Conversation with John Imle

When: Monday, October 8th 2012, 11:50AM - 1:00PM

Where: 250 Hutchins Hall

John Imle, the former President and Vice-Chairman of Unocal Corporation, discussed his experiences and the lessons he has learned from his decades of conducting business in developing countries. Topics included Unocal's involvement in Myanmar in the 1990's (a period that coincided with the landmark Doe v. Unocal litigation---this litigation sprang from the Alien Tort Claims Act in a controversial application that is currently before the Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum), Federal regulation of U.S. corporations abroad, corporate self-regulation, human rights considerations, and business ethics.

The recording of the talk: http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=2565 



Prof. West  Japan:Sugar, Sex and Magik

When: Friday, October 22nd 2011, 12:15-1:20 PM

Where: 132 Hutchins Hall

Mark D. West, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Nippon Life Professor of Law, is the director of the Japanese Legal Studies Program at the Law School. His current research focuses on love, sex, and marriage in Japanese case law, and on comparative fraud and con artistry. Professor West is the author of Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes (2005), Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States (2006), and editor of The Japanese Legal System: Cases, Codes, and Commentary (2006).


Introduction to the Luce Scholars Program

When: Thursday, October 21st 2011, 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Where: 116 Hutchins Hall

Helena Kolenda, the Program Director for the Luce Scholars Program- Asia, discussed the Luce Scholars Program, a nationally competitive fellowship program.  It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in american society.  The program provides stipends, langauge training and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each years, and welcomes applications from students in a wide variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.  Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible.

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