Program Director

BA, Chinese Studies (History), George Washington University, 1978
MA (1980), Ph.D. (with distinction, 1986), Political Science, University of Washington
JD, Law, University of Washington, 1985

Office #254-1855 West Mall
Tel (604) 822-4688


Prof. Potter is the returning 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, Dr. Potter practiced law full-time during 1985-1990, including a three-year posting in Beijing.

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, China: An International Journal, and Pacific Affairs (chair).


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