Pitman Potter, University of British Columbia

Law Professor Vancouver, British Columbia potter@law.ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-4688
(604) 822-5653

Bio/Research

Pitman B. Potter is Director of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. He is also Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies at UBC's Faculty of Law. Professor Potter received his BA in Chinese Studies (History) from George Washington University in 1978...

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Bio/Research

Pitman B. Potter is Director of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. He is also Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies at UBC's Faculty of Law. Professor Potter received his BA in Chinese Studies (History) from George Washington University in 1978. He received his MA (1980) and Ph.D. (with distinction, 1986) in Political Science, as well as his law degree (JD, 1985) from the University of Washington. Prior to taking his appointment at UBC Law Faculty in 1990, Dr. Potter practised law full time during 1985-1990, including a three-year posting in Beijing as a resident attorney. Dr. Potter's teaching and research are focused on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, contracts, business regulation, and human rights. Dr. Potter serves on the Editorial Boards of The China Quarterly, The Hong Kong Law Journal, and Pacific Affairs (chair). His publications include Legitimation and Contract Autonomy in the PRC: The Contract Law of China (1992); Domestic Law Reforms in Post-Mao China (1994); and Foreign Business Law in China: Past Progress Future Challenges (1995), as well as numerous articles that have appeared in such journals as The China Quarterly, Problems of Post-Communism, UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society and the Canadian Business Law Journal. His forthcoming book, The Chinese Legal System: Globalization and Local Legal Culture will appear in August 2001 published by Routledge.

In addition to his academic activities, Professor Potter is involved in arbitration work, and continues to advise governments and private companies on Chinese affairs. He is admitted to the practice of law in British Columbia, Washington and California, and serves as a consultant to the Canadian national lawfirm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada China Business Council and the Board of Trustees of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre.


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