So, as some of you guessed from the photos (or because I told you before I left), I just recently returned from teaching in a joint Duke-Hong Kong University summer program – the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law. This was the first time I taught in the program, or visited Hong Kong, and I think I miss it already.
I had a great group of students from all over the world, including a fair number from Hong Kong and Mainland China. I also had wonderful hosts from HKU – Douglas Arner and Simon Young – who many Loungers no doubt already know, as well as unofficial private dining guide, Chin Lim, who -- when he is not advising governments on their trade agreeemnts -- provides some of the best conversation, restaurant advice, and luxury car spotting of anyone in Hong Kong. Class was held in the new (mostly finished) law school building, that will be amazing when fully open -- latest technology in the classrooms, fabulous conference space, great views from faculty offices (!! -- I have a view of a dumpster from my Duke office).
The photo above is the big Buddha in Lantau, an excursion taken with new friend, Haochen Sun -- assistant professor at HKU (and currently finishing up his Duke SJD), unofficially known as "the best ever North Carolina-Hong Kong liason and tour guide." Many of you in the IP area probably already know Haochen, but if not you can plan to meet him next year when he visits at UC Davis.
Anyway, though I loved Hong Kong, it is good to be back with the Loungers again. Happy summer to all!