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William Alford

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    Destination: Asia

    January 1, 2014

    In June, a delegation from Harvard Law School led by Dean Martha Minow embarked on a 15-day, five-stop visit to East Asia and to the fore of fast-moving developments and challenges across the region.

  • Harvard Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey Team and Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes posing together in gymnasium

    HLS hosts annual meeting of Special Olympics board of directors

    November 25, 2013

    In November, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability hosted the fall meeting of the Special Olympics International (SOI) Board of Directors, under the direction of board member and Harvard Law School Professor William Alford, who has worked for more than two decades with SOI.

  • In virtual classroom, law students at Harvard and in China consider the roles of China and the U.S.

    May 9, 2013

    It’s Wednesday night in Cambridge and Thursday morning in Beijing, and their seminar rooms are some 6,700 miles apart, but for 30 students from Harvard…

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    From 2013 World Winter Games to Global Development Summit, Alford plays major role in Special Olympics International

    April 8, 2013

    As an enthusiastic supporter of the Special Olympics who has worked for more than two decades with Special Olympics International, Harvard Law School Professor William P. Alford welcomed the opportunity to help bring about the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in PyeongChang, Korea earlier this year. “One of the major messages of the Special Olympics is that having a disability need not be seen as being as limiting or disqualifying as some people might assume,” says Alford, director of East Asian Legal Studies and chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD).

  • Stein receives Viscardi Award for work on disability rights

    March 6, 2013

    Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Michael Ashley Stein ’88 was awarded the 2013 Viscardi Award, which honors people living with disabilities for their work and influence in the global disability community.

  • Alford on Legal Reform and the Future of China

    December 13, 2012

    Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ’77 was a participant and panelist at major events on the political and legal future of China, held recently at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Fairbank Center at Harvard.

  • HLS and Matsushita Gobel Foundation launch initiative on the study of Asian legal reform

    October 22, 2012

    Harvard Law School and the Matsushita Gobel Foundation will jointly launch the Matsushita Gobel Foundation Initiative on the Study of Asian Legal Reform on October 22, 2012, in Cambridge, Mass.

  • Young-Joon Mok LL.M. '89

    Justice of the Constitutional Court of Korea speaks at HLS

    September 7, 2012

    Young-Joon Mok LL.M. ’89, a Justice of the Constitutional Court of Korea, spoke at Harvard Law School on “Constitutional Adjudication in the Republic of Korea,” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at an event sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies, International Legal Studies and the Korea Institute.

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    Alford on ‘The Takeaway:’ The future of U.S.-China relations

    February 15, 2012

    Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ’77 recently appeared on the radio program ‘The Takeaway’ to discuss the future of U.S.-China relations, specifically with regard to trade and Chinese intellectual property law, which Alford describes as “a work in progress.”

  • William Alford, Na Kyung-won, Ban Ki-moon, and Timothy Shriver

    Alford meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    December 23, 2011

    HLS Professor William Alford ’77, a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of Special Olympics International and chair of its research and policy committee, met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in November to discuss disability issues. Alford was a participant in the meeting at the invitation of Timothy Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics, and Na Kyung-won, a member of the South Korean Congress who has been at the forefront of disability rights legislation.

  • “Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty” (Stanford University Press, November 2010) edited by Professor Lucie White ’81 and Jeremy Perelman S.J.D. ’11.

    Recent Faculty Books – Winter 2011

    December 6, 2011

    “Prospects for the Professions in China” (Routledge, 2010) edited by William P. Alford ’77, William Kirby and Kenneth Winston. Through its meditations on Chinese professional…

  • Summer 2011

    Able Lawyering

    August 10, 2011

    A Harvard Law School program with 675 million clients

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    Alford in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Special Olympics still conveys the right kind of U.S. diplomacy

    April 19, 2011

    In an April 18 op-ed published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ’77 addresses how budget cutting in Congress threatens to undermine the Special Olympics—an organization whose history, according to Alford, “is one of how civil society and government working together can create results that neither could wholly attain on its own.”

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    William Alford recognized by the University of Geneva

    January 5, 2011

    Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ’77 received an honorary degree from the University of Geneva in December 2010, recognizing him as “an eminent person of contemporary international law … whose reputation extends far beyond the borders of the United States.” Other recipients in 2010 included the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, José Manuel Barroso, head of the European Commission, and several distinguished European intellectuals. (See the complete list.)

  • Professors Discuss International Law: Alford, de Burca, and Neuman

    Professors discuss study of international law at HLS

    October 1, 2010

    In a recent panel discussion at Harvard Law School, professors William Alford, Grainne de Burca, and Gerald Neuman extolled the benefits of studying, interning, and working abroad in a legal context, and offered practical advice to internationally-minded students about how to get started.

  • At Home in the World

    July 29, 2008

    The new curriculum embraces law’s increasingly transnational nature

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    Digital Pathways to Asia

    July 23, 2006

    Can law keep up with technology? Some Harvard lawyers are finding out.

  • Dean Roscoe Pound at Beijing-Hubei prison

    China Connection

    July 1, 2006

    Unfinished business: Roscoe Pound in China Roscoe Pound, HLS dean from 1916 to 1936, was ready for a new challenge in 1946 when the Kuomintang…

  • Faculty Pro Bono, Four Takes

    September 1, 2005

    When Professor Elizabeth Bartholet ’65 spoke at a conference on international adoption in Guatemala City early this year, she addressed a room full of activists, lawyers and politicians. But at the heart of her speech, and her pro bono advocacy, are children–living in institutions or foster care around the world.

  • Recent Faculty Books – Fall 2004

    September 1, 2004

    “Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia” (Harvard University Press, 2004), edited by Professor William P. Alford ’77, looks at efforts to recast…

  • Recent Faculty Honors

    September 28, 2000

    Professor William Alford ’77 has been named an honorary fellow of the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, honorary professor of…