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Professors from first year
Mr. Longo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Juris Doctorate in Law. He practiced as a criminal trial lawyer with the U.S. military in Germany before entering the financial sector, working with multinational insurers and banking institutions for over twenty years in Europe and Asia. Since 2010, Robert has been lecturing full-time on a variety of subjects ranging from communication to business and law. Mr. Longo taught the Communications for International Legal Professionals in the first semester of our program.
Mr. Leos is a professor of law and communications with over a decade of experience in Cambodia. He regularly advises several Cambodian governmental bodies and also served as consultant for a number of international development initiatives in Cambodia. He also worked in the private legal sector in Cambodia for a well-know firm. Prior to coming to Cambodia in 2002, Mr. Leos worked in the United States as a newspaper journalist, freelance writer, and as a lawyer specializing in criminal law, international civil litigation, media law, intellectual property and labor law. Mr. Leos holds a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) King Hall School of Law, a Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate School of Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in History from Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Leos teaches both semesters of the Approaches to International Law class.
Mr. Arbizo is a US attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from Duke University. Mr. Arbizo was a Legal Adviser to two well-known law firms in Cambodia and taught the first semester of the Legal Concepts for Non-Lawyers course. He will continue his academic legal career at the University of Leipzig later this year.
Pat de Brún:
Mr. de Brúnis an Irish attorney, who currently works as a Consultant at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. He is licensed to practice in New York holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) with Politics from University College Dublin, having specialized in human rights law and international relations. During his legal studies, he also spent a year studying at Humboldt University, Berlin. Mr. de BrÃºn taught a course on Business and Human Rights Law during the first semester.
Mr. Halliwell studied Media at the University of Northampton and holds a CELTA qualification from the British Council in KrakÃ³w, Poland. He has taught English as a foreign language in England, Colombia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Iran, and currently works for various NGOs as an English language instructor in Phnom Penh. Mr. Halliwell teaches the Academic English course.
Mr. Hauerstein is a German lawyer and senior legal consultant with more than 15 years of experience in managing and implementing complex development aid instruments for ADB, UNDP, WB, EU, and GIZ (e.g., Indonesia) and GIZ/CIM (Cambodia). He specializes in international law, including good governance issues such administrative reform, judicial reform, and regulatory reform. Other areas of specialization include: German, Indonesian, and Cambodian law as well as international public law. He is currently employed as GIZ/CIM advisor to the Ministry of Justice responsible for Legal and Judicial Reform in Cambodia. He is an editor/author of two books: â€œThe Development of Cambodian Administrative Lawâ€ and â€œIntroduction to Legislative Drafting: References and Techniquesâ€. Mr. Hauerstein teaches the International Administrative Law course.
Mr. McDermott is an Irish attorney who currently works in the Office of the International Co-Investigating Judge at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. He has previously worked for the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade in Ireland, the Venice Commission at the Council of Europe, the Global Legal Action Network and in private practice. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from University College Dublin, Ireland and an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, Netherlands. Mr. McDermott teaches the second semester Legal Concepts for Non-Lawyers course.
Billy Chia-Lung Tai
Mr. Tai is an independent human rights consultant and monitor based in Phnom Penh. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as a Human Rights Advisor under the Australian Volunteer for International Development (AVID) program at the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), a coalition of 21 NGOs working to promote human rights, democracy and rule of law in the Kingdom of Cambodia. His prior legal and academic experience includes assisting and representing victim interests at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and various tertiary teaching posts in law schools in Australia and Cambodia. Mr. Tai teaches the International Dispute Resolution course.
Guest Lecturers from first semester:
Dr. Daniel Heilmann served as the senior parliamentary legal advisor at the Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Prior to his post at the Cambodian Senate he was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany) and headed the Middle East Department at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. In this capacity, he worked with government institutions inter alia in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Somalia and South Sudan. He holds a Ph.D. in international law from Goethe University and studied law and economics in Frankfurt, San Francisco, London and St. Gallen. Dr. Heilmannâ€™s lecture topic was: â€œThe South China Sea Arbitration: Discussion of the Tribunal’s Award on Jurisdiction
H.E. Dr. Sok Siphana has unique experiences and insights related to the development of the Cambodian legal system, the business environment and the intricacy of the commercial and investment law evolution in Cambodia. His vast hands on experiences as a former Commerce Secretary of State (Vice Minister) in the Cambodian Government, where he worked extensively on issues related to commercial and investment legal framework, trade promotion, trade policies, trade development, and economic integration, gives him a unique perspective on both the macro and micro needs of businesses and foreign investors alike. In the area of policy formulation and policy mainstreaming he was responsible for leading a large multidisciplinary inter-agency task force to prepare complex action plans (including the National Legislative and Regulatory Agenda) and to negotiate successfully Cambodiaâ€™s accession to the WTO. He was also instrumental in initiating the development of the first ever trade Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for Cambodia. He was responsible not only for the preparation of the various commercial laws currently in force in Cambodia, but also for their defense in front of the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly and the Senate. His lecture topic was: â€œThe ASEAN Economic Community: Perspectives from Cambodian Businesses on the forthcoming Changes, Risks and Opportunities.
Mr. Schrey holds two Master Degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Trier in Germany. He also studied in Paris, Dublin and Lyon before starting his professional career in 2005 with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung at the European Office in Brussels, where he was responsible for promoting the role of political foundations in development cooperation and for the communication between KAS Local Partners worldwide and the European Institutions. In 2009, he was promoted to Manager of a European Union-funded project of the KAS Vietnam office in Hanoi to promote people’s participation and public service delivery in Vietnamese cities. In September 2011, Mr. Schrey was again promoted to the position of Country Representative of KAS in Cambodia overseeing projects and programmes in the fields of administrative reform and decentralisation, political party and parliamentary reform as well as Media Reform and Political Dialogue. He currently works at KAS headquarters in Berlin. Mr. Schreyâ€™s lecture topic was: â€œThe Social Market Economy: A Model for Cambodia?â€
Mr. Hauerstein is a German lawyer and senior legal consultant with more than 15 years of experience in managing and implementing complex development aid instruments for ADB, UNDP, WB, EU, and GIZ (e.g., Indonesia) and GIZ/CIM (Cambodia). He specializes in international law, including good governance issues such administrative reform, judicial reform, and regulatory reform. Other areas of specialization include: German, Indonesian, and Cambodian law as well as international public law. He is currently employed as GIZ/CIM advisor to the Ministry of Justice responsible for Legal and Judicial Reform in Cambodia. He is an editor/author of two books: â€œThe Development of Cambodian Administrative Lawâ€ and â€œIntroduction to Legislative Drafting: References and Techniquesâ€. Mr. Hauersteinâ€™s lecture topic was: â€œInternational Criteria for Good Regulationsâ€
Billy Chia-Lung Tai
Mr. Tai is an independent human rights consultant and monitor based in Phnom Penh. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as a Human Rights Advisor under the Australian Volunteer for International Development (AVID) program at the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), a coalition of 21 NGOs working to promote human rights, democracy and rule of law in the Kingdom of Cambodia. His prior legal and academic experience includes assisting and representing victim interests at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and various tertiary teaching posts in law schools in Australia and Cambodia. Mr. Taiâ€™s lecture topic was: â€œHuman Rights Issues Beyond the Developing World – A Comparative Look at Human Rights Issues beyond Cambodiaâ€
Dr. Teilee Kuong is an Associate Professor at Nagoya Universityâ€™s Center for Asian Legal Exchange in Japan. He conducted his graduate studies in constitutional and international law at Nagoya University. His current research focuses on legal development in Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia, particularly in the areas of constitutional and property law as well as studying the development of judicial institutions and the recent movement of legal concepts and institutions away from the comparative law perspective. He was formerly a visiting researcher at Melbourne Law School; visiting scholar at Kansai University Faculty of Law in Osaka; visiting scholar at Harvard Yenching Institute, where he worked on a comparative property law project with mentors at the Harvard Law School; and visiting associate professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo. In addition to teaching at Nagoya University, he is also a part-time visiting associate professor at the Graduate School of Policy Studies of Aichi Gakuin University, Japan. Dr. Kuongâ€™s lecture topic was: â€œThe ‘Law and Development': Prologues and Some Challenges in Current Rule of Law Assistanceâ€
Ms. Khan is an international labor consultant, currently based in California. Previously, she was a Consultant with the International Labor Organizationâ€™s Better Factories Cambodia Program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prior to BFC, Leena worked as the Communications Program Assistant with the International Labor Organization in New York. She represented the ILO during negotiations of draft resolutions on a range of human rights issues under the Third Committee during the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. She holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Columbia University in New York. She is a U.S. trained attorney with 10 years of legal experience working in New York and Washington, DC in the areas of immigration and asylum law; labor and employment law; and government regulatory investigations. Her international experience includes working in Pakistan, Cambodia and Mozambique on workersâ€™ rights, migration, land rights, extractive industries, access to justice, rule of law, and womenâ€™s empowerment. Ms. Khanâ€™s lecture topic was: â€œBetter Factories Cambodia: History and Contributions to Improving Labor Conditions in Cambodiaâ€
Mr. Adcock is a Partner and Deputy Director of the Tilleke & Gibbins Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs practice groups, helping to oversee the firmâ€™s client work in these areas across ASEAN. He is fluent in Mandarin and represents diverse clients, from pioneers in the life sciences to the biggest IP owners in the world. He has extensive experience in IP acquisitions, strategic structuring, technology transfer, and IP licensing and securitization agreements. He has handled various IP infringements and regulatory infractions involving labeling, advertising, clinical trials, product handling/warehousing, product registration, taxation, and import/export violations throughout Asia and is also closely involved in Tilleke & Gibbinsâ€™ leading patent and trade secret litigation practice, focusing mainly on the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and material science sectors. He is Co-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailandâ€™s Food & AgriBusiness Committee and serves as a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Emerging Issues Committee. Alan has just ended six years on the INTA Legislation and Regulation Subcommittee for East Asia and the Pacificâ€”the final two years serving as Chairman. The topic of his guest lecture was: â€œCommercialization of IP: Mistakes to Avoid as Young Lawyersâ€.
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