Charles Wang

Assistant Vice President for China Affairs; Professor of Practice, Director of China Law Program

Professor Charles Wang is Assistant Vice President for China Affairs at the University of Arizona and Professor of Practice, Director of China Law Programs at the James E. Rogers College of Law. In his capacity as AVP for China Affairs, he works with UA leaders, faculty and researchers, overseas partner institutions, research institutes, businesses and industry, and government entities to identify opportunities and establish progression plans for strategic engagement in the China region. At College of Law, he teaches US and Chinese law to both Chinese and US students in various programs and supports the college on a wide range of China-related legal education initiatives.

Prior to moving to the US, Professor Wang served as a judge and chief judge in China’s court system for 15 years, most notably serving as a Chief Judge at the Qingdao Maritime Court. Following his judicial career in China, he served as a Visiting Foreign Judge in the Baltimore County Circuit Court and the U.S. District Court for Maryland. Prior to his career at Arizona Law, Professor Wang was an in-residence Judicial Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center where his research focused on transnational litigation and international arbitration. He was also a founding partner at ATRUST International Law Firm where his practice focused on cross-border dispute resolution. In addition to his extensive judiciary experience, he also advised several leading global private equity funds doing business and investment in China.

Professor Wang received his JD from University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He has an LLM in US law from University of Baltimore School of Law, an LLM in international economic law from Shandong University School of Law, and an LLM in shipping law from Dalian Maritime University.

Professor Wang’s research and teaching interests focus on cross-border litigation, international arbitration, maritime law, and Chinese business law.

Curriculum Vitae

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia

Work Experience

  • Assistant Vice President for China Affairs; Professor of Practice, Director of China Law Programs
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    September 2019 - present
  • Professor of Practice and Director of China Law Program
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2016 - present
  • Global Law Fellow
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2016
  • Research Scholar In-Residence
    University of Baltimore School of Law
    2009 - 2014
  • Judicial Fellow In-Residence
    Federal Judicial Center, Research Division, Washington, D.C.
    2011 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor
    Ocean University of China, Quingdao, China
    2010 - 2014
  • Visiting Foreign Judge
    Baltimore County Circuit Court, Baltimore, Maryland
    2010 - 2011
  • Visiting Foreign Judge
    U.S. District Court for Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
    2009 - 2010
  • Deputy Chief Judge
    Qingdao Maritime Court, Commercial Division, Qingdao, China
    2006 - 2011
  • Chief Judge
    Qingdao Maritime Court, Yantai Division, Qingdao, China
    2001 - 2004
  • Judge
    Qingdao Maritime Court, Commercial Division, Qingdao, China
    1998 - 2001