I have always enjoyed interacting with technology and finding new ways to use its strengths. My experience has been lifelong, expanding from early interests as a first grade student using learning games on a Commodore computer to my current work performing legal research on Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw. My domain name, innovativelaw.com, reflects this interest and my belief that the areas of technology and law will increasingly merge as the internet continues to develop.
Technology and Law:
The worldwide transmission of data presents some of the most novel legal problems in history. This is particularly true in the areas of personal jurisdiction and enforceability of domestic law against foreign defendants. Perhaps the most exciting solution to the jurisdiction problem is the dispute-resolution system promulgated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Under the arbitration system, all registrars must require applicants for domain-name registration to agree to a Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) which handles domain-name disputes in private forums. Because the world wide web and other technologies will continue to pose new questions involving every area of law, from torts to intellectual property, I am excited to learn about and participate in creating solutions for the future.
International Relations and Negotiations:
With the increasing globalization of markets, in part attributable to worldwide technological advances, many businesses now recognize the importance of promoting positive interaction with other cultures. I have visited 25 different countries and enjoy interacting with people and incorporating pieces of their culture into my own. In my most recent experience with the Duke University / University of Hong Kong Asian American Institute in Transnational Law and Policy, I met students from over 44 different countries spanning from Azerbaijan to Denmark. Along with the benefits of meeting other international students, the course work specifically focused on current international legal issues and e-commerce. I still correspond with several friends from the program, including Yu-sung Lee, Senior Legal Advisor for the Hong Kong Legislative Council, who enrolled to learn more about e-commerce laws. In my profession as a lawyer, these experiences and contracts will help me to work internationally.
Negotiations are an important area for businesses expanding into new international markets. I understand the importance of assessing a particular culture before preparing for a negotiation or meeting. Without proper knowledge and preparation, inflexible negotiation techniques may result in a less desirable outcome. One brief illustration is that Asian businessmen often view business relationships as long-term bonds and look at emotional signals, such as signs of respect, when conducting a deal. This differs from other cultures, such as Western Europeans, who may be more intent on precise language.
Personal hobbies and activities:
The most important activity that I have incorporated into daily life is physical fitness. For several years, I have enjoyed improving my physical stamina, strength and endurance. Currently, I typically run about 3-4 miles each day coupled with daily targeted weight training.
In addition to physical fitness training, I also enjoy snow skiing, water skiing, and wakeboarding. Some of my hobbies include cooking, hiking and travel.
Asian-American Institute in Transnational Law in Hong Kong, July-August 2002
Geneva Institute in Transnational Law, July-August 2003