I am a 3L at UC Hastings who has recently returned to Hastings after a year abroad to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economy of Development at the University of London, SOAS in the UK. I have been following TLB since my first month at Hastings and thought that it is about time for me to contribute to the blog instead of staying in the background as a passive reader. I think I share with some of you a common interest in issues related to China and the Asia Pacific region. Within the region, my research focuses mostly on comparative constitutional law, late developing economies, industrialization, technology catch up and rent seeking, as well as bilateral and multilateral trade relationships between countries and regions.
I spent my 1L summer working as a research assistant for professors David Jung and Steven Bonorris before taking up a month of studying at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) through a summer abroad program with Duke University. The classes concentrated mostly on South and South East Asian comparative law and investment. Later in the summer, I interned at AJU International Law Group, a large-size law firm in Seoul, South Korea. The experience was highly instructive and my interactions with amazing local people made me very fond of Korea. My 2L year started in September 2008 at SOAS in London, doing a Master’s in international economics.
While in London, I did a short internship for Michael Mansfield’s Tooks Chamber assisting in a rape and assault case in London’s Criminal Crown Court in the Spring. I spent my second year summer attending yet another Duke's summer abroad program, this time at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where I studied Comparative Federalism, International Criminal Law and International Tax Law. The last part of the summer found me working for one of the most prestigious and oldest law firms in Geneva, PBKA and Associates. As a summer associate, I assisted the partners and carried out research on trade, tax, immigration and investment law. I also gave advice on updated tax treaties between Switzerland and other EU members. In addition, I had the opportunity to become involved in the litigation of a trade dispute and to draft correspondence for a high-profile investment fund client. However, the most exciting experience involves my research assignment in a lawsuit derived from Bernard Madoff class action lawsuits in which one of our clients, a director of a large investment fund in Geneva, who had previously allocated at a large portion of the fund to Madoff zombie fund. The case was brought in Geneva court under torts law of negligence. I also acted as a coordinator between the law firm and the International Alliance against Madoff to retrieve information in preparation for trial.
In joining TLB, I hope to share with you some of the views I have come to hold in my field of research as well as to exchange opinions, ideas and learning opportunities. Given my training in law and economics, as well as the fact that I have been absent from studying law for a short while, you may find that my writings are occasionally skewed towards economic analysis on top of policy and legal framework. I hope that this spin off offers a new and different approach toward the world's issues.
Other than a few other things, I'm a casual blogger and an avid mountain biker. Please feel free to send me a note to argue, negate or supplement my thoughts. We could certainly do this either on this board, or on a ride if you are up for a break on a mountain bike.