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Andy Y. Sun is the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Legal Institute (APLI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the comparative legal studies between the U.S. and East Asian region.  The Institute serves as a forum for research and discussions; it also combines resources and talents from many universities, law firms, and public sector to sponsor education programs and conferences.

For spring 2000, Mr. Sun will be a Visiting Associate Professor to the Institute of Technology and Innovation Management of the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, teaching intellectual property law and technology transfer related courses.  From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Sun was the Earle H. and Suzanne Harbison Professorial Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law and Associate Director of Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies of the George Washington University Law School.  In this capacity, he was in charge of, among other things, the management of Asia/China related programs at the Center.

Through the cooperation agreements between the APLI and Peking University, Shanghai University, East China University of Politics and Law, Southwest University of Political Science and Law and other leading legal institutions in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the United States, the APLI is devoted to the comparative studies of intellectual property and international trade law.  A major element of the APLI program is the policy dialogue among leading professionals and scholars in the United States, China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) and other Asian countries interested in the subject.

Professor Sun has published a number of articles on issues related to international intellectual property law and trade. He has also lectured on the subjects in the United States, Asia and Europe. A highlight of some of the agencies and organizations that he has spoken to include the World Bank Group, Special Library Association, World Affairs Council, the International Law Association, Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, Peking University of China and the Chinese Southwest University of Political Science and Law.

From 1990 to 1993, Professor Sun served as a counsel at the U.S. Department of Education on law enforcement-related works. Previously he served as Deputy Director for Communications Outreach at the Republican National Committee and Executive Director of the Chinese American Society, respectively. As a part of the latter capacity, he was involved extensively in the research work on international and comparative law related to Sino-American relationship, including intellectual property laws.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1959, Mr. Sun is an attorney by profession.  He holds a degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from National Chengchi University in Taiwan, Master of Comparative Laws (M.C.L.) from the George Washington University and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of Maryland.


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