McManis Named McDonnell Academy Ambassador

Professor Charles R. McManis, an expert in intellectual property law who has taught, lectured, and conducted research internationally, has been named a Washington University McDonnell International Scholars Academy Ambassador for Korea University.

The academy is designed to create an international network of a select number of research universities, while furthering the scholarship of outstanding international graduate and professional students. The overall goal is to promote the broadening of international cooperation and understanding among the people and institutions of the world, while developing a cohort of future leaders in a global university system.

As an ambassador, McManis will serve as a mentor and assist with the academic and professional lives of graduate and professional students from Korea University who are studying at Washington University. He also will work to build relationships with Korea University, as well as with alumni, friends, corporations, and government entities throughout Korea.

McManis, the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law, has taught, lectured, and/or researched in Argentina, Brazil, China, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Taiwan. He served as a Fulbright Fellow at the International Intellectual Property Training Institute, Taejon, Korea, from 1993-94. He is a member of the American Law Institute and of the International Association of Teachers and Researchers of Intellectual Property and has served as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization. At the law school, he directs both the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Program and the Center for Research on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

McManis is the second ambassador currently serving from the law school. Stephen H. Legomsky, the John S. Lehmann University Professor, is an ambassador to the University of Hong Kong. Other Washington University partnerships are with Middle East Technical University, Bogaziçi University, Chulalongkorn University, China Agricultural University, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Tokyo, University of Indonesia, Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The law school is hosting its third McDonnell Academy scholar, Chiaki Sato, who is an LL.M. student from the University of Tokyo. Last year, the school hosted Qing Nian, an LL.M. student from Hong Kong University, who is now enrolled in the J.D. program. Additionally, Ryotaro Kato, from the University of Tokyo, received his JD in May 2007.