Ronald C. Brown

  • Professor of Law

Degrees

  • BS University of Toledo 1965
  • JD University of Toledo 1968
  • LLM University of Michigan 1970

Biography

Ron Brown is a law professor at the University of Hawaii Law School and has served as the University's Director of the Center for Chinese Studies from 2000-2006. His experience includes working as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, representing management and labor in labor relations matters, acting as private impartial arbitrator in labor-management disputes, and serving as state-appointed public fact-finder in Hawaii public sector disputes.

Professor Brown's teaching specialties include labor and employment law, employment discrimination law, arbitration, Chinese law, Asian International and Comparative Labor Law, and U.S.-China Labor & Employment Law. He has authored numerous articles and has recently published East Asian Labor and Employment Law: International and Comparative Context (Cambridge 2012), Understanding Labor & Employment Law in China (Cambridge 2010), and a book entitled Understanding Chinese Courts and Legal Process: Law with Chinese Characteristics. Professor Brown has worked in China under the USIA's professional-in-residence program, has served as a Consultant with the World Bank, and has lectured throughout Asia on comparative labor law topics. He has taught U.S.-China Comparative Labor Law at Beijing University Law School and currently serves as a foreign advisor to BEIDA on graduate law programs. He conducts legal exchange and international training programs for Chinese lawyers, judges, law drafters, and prosecutors under arrangements with the key government legal agencies. In 2004-2005, Professor Brown was in China as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, teaching U.S. and Chinese Labor & Employment law at both Peking University Law School and Tsinghua University Law School.

Publications

  • Structuring EU-US TTIP (FTA): New Construction and Old Bricks, Cross-Border Alternative Societies. International Trade and Labor Standards Guidelines for a Transatlantic Free-Trade Agreement Workshop (New York City November, 2013)
  • Measuring China’s Social Insurance Law Under International Standards of ILO and Influences of Social Dimension Provisions of FTAs and BITs, (Peking University, December, 2013)
  • China: Implementing ILO Standards by BITs and Pieces
    (within FTAs)
    , (Helsinki, January, 2014)
  • Defusion of Labor Disputes in China: Collective Negotiations, Mediation, Arbitration, and the Courts, Oxford University, EU-China Law Association (Sept. 2013)
  • EAST ASIAN LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE CONTEXT (Cambridge 2012; paperback 2014))
  • Comparative ADR for Individual Labor Disputes in Japan, China, and the U.S.: Lessons from Asia? 86 St. John’s L. Rev. 543 (2012)
  • UNDERSTANDING LABOR & EMPLOYMENT IN CHINA (Cambridge 2010; paperback 2013).
  • UNDERSTANDING CHINESE COURTS AND LEGAL PROCESS: LAW WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS (Kluwer 1997).
  • China's Labor Dispute Resolution, Oxford: Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (2008).
  • China's New Labor Contract Law, 3 China Law Reporter 4 (July, 2007).
  • Harmonizing Domestic Labor Law Reforms with Global Labor Law Standards, Chapter 10, International Economic Law and China in Its Economic Transition, Huiping Chen (ed) (Chinese Law Series, William S. Hein & Co., Inc. 2007).
  • China's Collective Contract Provisions: Can Collective Negotiations Embody Collective Bargaining? 16 Duke J. of Comp. and Int’l Law 35 (2006).
  •  China's Employment Discrimination Laws During Economic Transition, 19 Columbia J. of Asian Law 361 (2006).
  • Globalization and the Law, ”Global Common Law,” Chapter 12, Fairness, Globalization, and Public Institutions, Dator, Pratt, and Seo (eds) (University of Hawaiʻi Press 2006).

Book Chapters

  • An Employee By Any Other Name? M. Faioli (a cura di) "ATTIVITÀ TRANSNAZIONALI, SAPERE GIURIDICO E SCIENZA DELLA TRADUZIONE" ch. 10 at 107-122, Collana QLS - Quaderni Levi Sandri; Edizioni Nuova Cultura, Roma, 2010 (ISBN 978-88-6134-455-6)

Awards

  • Principal Investigator, U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund, jointly organizing and conducting with Peking University Law School two conferences in China to develop working guidelines for China’s new Social Security Law (2009-2010).
  • Principal Investigator, U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund, $10,000; jointly organizing and conducting with Peking University Law School two conferences in China to develop working guidelines for China’s new anti-sex harassment law (2006).
  • Executive Board Member, International Society for Labor and Social Security (2005-present).
  • Foreign Advisor, 1998 to present, Peking University Research Institute of Labor Law and Social Security.

Professional Activities

  • Recent Guest Lectures, Key Speeches and Papers Presented: (not exhaustive)
    • Mediation, Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, and Strikes in China: What Next? Conference on Chinese Labor Market, NYU Law School, N.Y., N.Y., May 11-12, 2012
    • Collective Bargaining Developments in China, half-hour news-talk show on China Radio International world broadcast May 18, 2011
    • Comparative ADR for Individual Labor Disputes in Japan, China, and the U.S.: Lessons from Asia? at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, sponsored by St. John’s and Cornell Law Schools, July 22, 2011

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