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Visiting Scholars

Each year, the IU Maurer School of Law welcomes selected visiting scholars from all over the world in residence who are engaged in non-degree research. We invite applications for the Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) from faculty members or fellows at other universities, practicing attorneys who are preparing for an academic career, judges, or students working towards a doctoral degree or doing postgraduate work at another institution. Preference will be given to visitors who are working on research in collaboration with Maurer professors, or who have connections with the Law School through our wide network of international partnerships.  Applications for the Visiting Scholar Program are administered by a selection committee in the Office for International Programs.

Visiting scholars are expected to participate actively in the intellectual community at the IU Maurer School of Law. This could include attending lectures and conferences organized by the Law School or conversations with our graduate students and faculty about the scholar’s research. Visiting scholars will be asked to submit a brief report to the Assistant Dean for International Programs before their departure to their home country. That report should include progress made on their research during their visit, how the research will benefit the visiting scholar’s career, and suggestions for the International Programs Committee about the VSP.

The Law School is unable to accommodate all those who express interest in the VSP. In selecting candidates for the program, the selection committee considers the candidate’s background and field of interest; professional and scholarly achievements; appropriateness of the research proposal; availability of IU Maurer School of Law faculty to consult with in the proposed research area; and the candidate’s English language proficiency.

Visiting Scholars may make use of the following services:
  • A carrel at the IU Maurer School of Law library with access to power and wireless
  • Unlimited printing in the law library
  • Free access to LexisNexis, Westlaw, and ExpressO accounts
  • 24-hour IT support, except computer equipment: scholars are expected to bring their own laptop if they want to work in the law school building
  • Faculty status for parking and borrowing materials from the library
  • Free campus and city bus transportation
  • Access to on-campus housing, sports facilities, libraries and other campus facilities
  • Visa documents and immigration status support from the Office of International Services
  • Auditing of a limited number of courses on a non-credit basis with pre-approval of the course instructor
Registration Fee
Each visiting scholar is charged a registration free to be paid prior to arrival. For academic year 2013-2014 the fee is $500 per semester for alumni and faculty members from partner institutions, and $1,000 per semester for non-faculty members.  If the student is admitted to the VSP, the registration fee will be waived for sponsored PhD research students (e.g., Fulbright, China Scholarship Council). Payment information will be provided once the scholar is admitted. No financial aid from the Law School is available for participants in this program. Duration of the stay can be up to one academic year. To pay the registration fee, click here to be taken to a secure website.

Insurance, Housing, and Transportation

Visiting scholars are required to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families. More information about health insurance, housing, and public transportation can be found at the Office of International Services website (click on the tab “Faculty, Staff, & Visitors.”)

Visa Information

Most international visiting scholars staying for longer than 90 days will be eligible for a J-1 research scholar visa to come to Maurer.  In most cases, the IU Office of International Services will supply scholars and their dependents with the necessary visa documents. Scholars will need to submit documentation in the form of biographical data, passport copies, and evidence of financial support in order to receive the J-1 visa. In order to demonstrate that they have financial support sufficient to cover their living expenses in Bloomington, scholars must show via bank statements, letters from employers, or letters from sponsors that they have access to the following: For one person to live in Bloomington for 12 months,  the estimated minimum cost is $14,400 USD ($1,200 per month). That cost rises with each accompanying dependent ($500 per month for first dependent/spouse; $300 per month for each additional dependent). A family of four should budget at least $2,300 per month for living expenses.

Visiting Scholars 2013-2014

Abdulaziz Alhussan (LLM 2007) is a lawyer and a professor in Saudi Arabia.  His focus is on constitutional law and he is a managing partner for Osool Law Firm in Riyadh.  He will be working on constitutional reform with the Center for Constitutional Democracy.

Su-Bin Kim is a court officer at the Chanwon District Court in South Korea.  Her focus is on the bailiff system.  She attended Gyeongsang National University.

Jong Rack Kim (LLM 1997) is a professor at the University of Soon Chun Hyang in the Department of International Trade and Commerce.  His focus is on public policy and he will be working with Prof. Hoffman as his advisor.  He is the Vice President of the Korean Academy of International Commerce, Inc.

Jongkhab Na is a professor at the Yonsei Law School in South Korea and a Fulbright Scholar.  He teaches patent law, trade secrets law, trademark law and unfair competition law.  He is the Director of Intellectual Property Law Program as well as the Professor Editor in Chief of the Yonsei Chuchu (the Yonsei newspaper).  Before becoming a professor, Jongkhab was a partner for Sechang Law Offices and consulted for several Korean governmental departments, such as the IP Office and the Trade Commission.  His focus is on patent law and innovation and he will be working with Profs. Janis and Cripps.  His research topic is “Inter-relationship between Patent and Innovation” and will focus on whether or not patents promote innovation and the current policy of the U.S. Supreme Court concerning this issue.

Hee Kyoon Kim (SJD 2005) is an Associate Professor at the University of Seoul Law School.  His focus is on comp. evidence and he will be working with Profs. Orenstein and Tanford.  He studied at the University of Paris and has a B.A. and M.A. in French Literature, as well as a LL.B. from Seoul National University.

Yun Ma is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law of the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law and master’s degree in constitutional law and administrative law cum laude from the Law School of China University of Political Science and Law.  Since September 2011, she has worked as a PhD student at the Erasmus School of Law on the topic of comparative legal analysis of national parks and other protected areas between USA and China.  Her research interests include administrative law, natural resource law and private regulation.  Her publications and articles in progress cover the topics of national park legislation, conservation easement, public trust doctrine, comparative studies on administrative litigation, etc.

Xinhui “Forest” Zhai is a professor of law at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law.  He obtained his LLM degree from China University of Political Science and Law in 1996. Mr. Zhai’s main area of focus is civil and commercial law.  He teaches property law, contract law and corporation law.  Mr. Zhai is also interested in constitutional law, jury systems, and the intersection of law and economics. Mr. Zhai is also a senior attorney at Henry Zhuang & Partners, a Shanghai law firm. Mr. Zhai has been practicing law for over 15 years.  He has worked for the Supreme Court of the PRC, other high courts, intermediate courts, and arbitration institutes on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in PRC.  His practice focuses on banking, financing, FDI, property development, leasing, and corporate work.

Ho Young Song is a tenured professor at the Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.  His focus is on contract law, tort law, non-profit organizations, European Union private law and cultural property law.  He is visiting from Universität Osnabrück in Germany and his focus, while at Indiana University, is on international illicit trade.  He will be working with Dean Buxbaum.

Angelo Falsone is a PhD student at Libera Universita in Palermo.  He was a visiting scholar at Katholieke Unversiteit Leuven in Belgium and is studying religion and law.  He will be working with Prof. Conkle. 

Kai Feng is a Professor at China University of Political Science and Law.  She was awarded a fellowship position at Columbia University in 2010.  Her area of focus is tort law.

Joonseok Park is an Associate Professor of Law at Chonbuk National University in South Korea.  He teaches Philosophy of Law, History of Legal Thoughts, and Law and Bioethics.  His focus is on legal philosophy.  He is also a test organizer for LEET (the South Korean version of the LSAT).

Changho Ryu is an Associate Professor at Ajou University Law School in South Korea.  He studied at Kankuk University of Foreign Studies for his B.A., LL.M. and Ph.D.  His focus is on real estate trusts. He received a Ph.D degree on the Korean floating sum mortgage (collateral security). He researched at Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI) that was founded by Korea government for 5 years as research fellow. He has participated in legislative projects at KLRI. After he transferred to Ajou University, he now works as the director of The Korea Society of Real Estate Law and The Korea Society of Consumer Law.  He was awarded the Excellence Award in Lecture from the Dean of Ajou University, Law School in 2012.

Kwi Hyeon Han is an Associate Professor at Sunchon National University in South Korea.  His focus is on global warming.

Hwa Rang Yun is a judge at the Jinju Branch of the Changwon District Court in South Korea.  He studied at Seoul National University College of Law.  He is a member of the Labor Law Study, Supreme Court of Korea.  His focus is on labor law.