For Immediate Release:  Aug 30, 2010
2010, 08, 30

Julian Ku Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship to Teach Law in China

Julian Ku Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship to Teach Law in China

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School Professor Julian Ku has been awarded a grant to serve as a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai during the spring 2011 semester.  

While in China, Professor Ku will teach courses in U.S. constitutional law and international economic law. He also will pursue research on China and international law, among other topics. At Hofstra Law School, Professor Ku's main research interest is the intersection of international and U.S. domestic law.

"I am very excited and grateful to receive this award, which will provide me with a unique opportunity to combine both my personal and scholarly interests," said Professor Ku. "Furthermore, I believe my academic work on questions of U.S. domestic law and its relationship with international law has given me an expertise on matters that should be of increasing interest to my students in China." 

East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), founded in 1952, was among the first group of higher learning institutions specializing in politics and law that were established in the People's Republic of China. It has more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. 

The Fulbright Scholar grant is awarded to only a select few of the country's best scholars each year and is part of the overall Fulbright Program. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Named in honor of Senator William Fulbright, the program strives to promote mutual understanding among people of the United States and other countries. 

Professor Ku has published articles on the constitutional aspects of foreign relations in the Yale Law JournalThe Supreme Court Review and Constitutional Commentary. He also co-authored a forthcoming book on globalization and its effect on the U.S. Constitution, with UC Berkeley Professor John Yoo, and co-founded the leading international law blog www.opiniojuris.org, read daily by thousands worldwide.

Before joining the Hofstra Law faculty in 2002, Professor Ku served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and as an Olin Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.  

Professor Ku also practiced as an associate at the New York City law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, specializing in litigation and arbitration arising out of international disputes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University.

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