Created in 2008, the J. Matthew Szymanski Rule of Law Program was started by J. Matthew Szymanski to educate Chinese legal professionals about rule of law in the United States; to prepare them to become leaders in their field; and to inspire them to make constructive changes in their legal system. For four weeks each summer, this program hosts a small group of top Chinese law students in Washington, D.C. to meet U.S. officials and observe the U.S. legal and political system. Since 2008, a total of 41 students have met with over 1,000 U.S. hosts, including 106 Members of Congress, 151 administration officials, and 73 presidentially-appointed judges. In 2016, the U.S. version of the J. Matthew Szymanski Rule of Law Program was created. This program was created to enable U.S. law students to experience the legal system and the rule of law in China.
The Joji Konoshima Memorial Fund and the Norman & Esther Lau Kee Fund exist to promote exchange and research among select Asian and American leaders from the business, political, and academic communities.
Since 1982, the US-Asia Institute has organized a number of Professional Development Programs for a variety of participants from China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia to facilitate their understanding of the United States, its people and culture, its government, rule of law, the political and economic environment, and the policy-making process.
The US-Asia Institute Diplomatic Partnership Council (DPC) was initiated in 2015 to engage current envoys from the Asia/Pacific region serving in Washington as a direct link to our strategic partners. Serving in an honorary capacity, the ambassadors provide candid insight into their countries’ policies and culture, suggesting activities to facilitate understanding.
Initiated in 2015 to extend US-Asia Institute’s outreach in the region and its ability to facilitate communication and understanding, the Global Leadership Board (GLB) is comprised of prominent Asian leaders who provide invaluable advice and diverse perspectives on the region and issues. The GLB also provides insight into how the Institute can best work to fulfill its mission across the region.