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Alison W. Conner

Professor of Law
School of law
University of Hawaii
United States of America


Alison W. Conner joined the faculty in 1995 after nearly twelve years of teaching and research in Asia. She earned her Ph.D. in Chinese and Southeast Asian history at Cornell University and her law degree at Harvard Law School, where she specialized in Asian and comparative law and was a research fellow in the East Asian Legal Studies Program. Following law school, she taught Chinese and East Asian history and then spent five years practicing law on Wall Street before moving to Asia in 1983.

Research Interest

Chinese and East Asian history


  • Trials and Justice in Awaara: A Post-Colonial Movie on Post-Colonial Screens 18 Law Text Culture 33 (2014).

  • Training China’s Early Modern Lawyers, 11 Soochow Law Journal 175 (2014) [originally appeared in Journal of Chinese Law 1994] and “The Comparative Law School of China,” 11 Soochow Law Journal 1 (2014) [originally appeared in Understanding China’s Legal System 2003].

  • Courtroom Drama, Chinese Style, forthcoming in the Journal of Comparative Law 2017.

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