Virginia Harper Ho

Associate Professor of Law
Docking Faculty Scholar
Primary office:
785-864-9217
412 Green Hall
Virginia Harper Ho is a KU Docking Faculty Scholar and has been a member of the KU Law faculty since 2010. Her research focuses on the intersections of law and governance from a comparative perspective.  She has written recently on shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance, Chinese labor law reform, and corporate social responsibility, and her work has been published by the Vanderbilt and Columbia international law journals, the Journal of Corporation Law, the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and University of California-Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies.  She has also presented her work in in Chinese and English at several universities in China. 
Harper Ho previously taught as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  She practiced corporate and securities law for over six years, advising U.S. and foreign multinationals in cross-border transactions and corporate finance matters.  She also served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Robert Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and as a research fellow at the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.  She received her J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the 2001 Yong K. Kim Memorial Prize for her research on Chinese labor law reform, was a member of Harvard’s Jessup International Moot Court Competition regional championship team (1999), and served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Asia Quarterly and an associate editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. 

Virginia Harper Ho is a KU Docking Faculty Scholar and has been a member of the KU Law faculty since 2010.

Her research focuses on the intersections of law and governance from a comparative perspective. She has written recently on shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance, Chinese labor law reform, and corporate social responsibility, and her work has been published by the Vanderbilt and Columbia international law journals, the Journal of Corporation Law, the Columbia Journal of Asian Law and University of California-Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies. She has also presented her work in in Chinese and English at several universities in China. 

Harper Ho previously taught as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She practiced corporate and securities law for over six years, advising U.S. and foreign multinationals on cross-border transactions and corporate finance matters. She also served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Robert Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and as a research fellow at the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. She received her J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the 2001 Yong K. Kim Memorial Prize, was a member of Harvard’s Jessup International Moot Court Competition regional championship team and served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Asia Quarterly and an associate editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. 

Courses Taught:
  • Business Organizations
  • Chinese Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Seminar in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law

 

Representative Publications
"Team Production & the Multinational," ___ Seattle Law Review (forthcoming 2015); The Recursivity of Reform: China’s Amended Labor Contract Law (with Qiaoyan Huang), 37 Fordham International Law Review 973 (2014); Of Enterprise Principles and Corporate Groups: Does Corporate Law Reach Human Rights?, 56 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 113 (2013); “Beyond Regulation: A Comparative Look at State-Centric Corporate Social Responsibility & the Law in China,” 46 Vanderbilt Transnational Law Journal 375 (2013); “Corporate Governance as Risk Regulation in China: A Comparative View of Risk Oversight, Risk Management, and Accountability,” 4 European Journal of Risk Regulation 463 (2012); "Theories of Corporate Groups: Corporate Identity Reconceived," 42 Seton Hall Law Review 879 (2012); "'Enlightened Shareholder Value': Corporate Governance Beyond the Shareholder-Stakeholder Divide," 36 Journal of Corporation Law 59 (2010).

Selected Presentations

  • "Shareholder Activism and Firm-Specific Risk: Arbitraging Engagement," invited participant (selected competitively), United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network Conference: Bridging the Gap, Montreal, Canada, Sept. 22-24, 2014.
  • “Government Voluntary Clubs: A Comparative Look at Regulatory Innovation,” Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, July 1, 2013.
  • “Corporate Governance as Risk Regulation in China: A Comparative View of Risk Oversight, Risk Management, and Accountability,” American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, Section on Business Associations panel on Business Associations and Governance in Emerging Economies, Jan. 5, 2013.
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility, Law, and the State: The PRC Approach in Comparative Perspective,” Institute for U.S.-China Issues, University of Oklahoma China Faculty Forum, Oct. 5, 2011.

Research Interests
Comparative corporate governance, private regulation, corporate social responsibility, comparative labor and employment law.

Education
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2001; M.A., Indiana University-Bloomington, 1997; B.A., Russian Language & Literature, Chinese Language & Literature, summa cum laude, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1995.

Admitted
New York 2009, Indiana 2004 (inactive), Iowa 2001 (inactive)

Career History
Visiting Scholar, Zhejiang University School of Law, June 2011; Visiting Lecturer, Zhongshan (Sun Yat Sen) University, 2008, 2011; Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2008-2010; Associate, Baker & Daniels, LLP, Indianapolis, 2004-2008; Associate, Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts PC, Des Moines, 2001-2002, 2003-2004; CAPS Research Fellow, University of Iowa, Center for Asian Pacific Studies, 2003-2004; Clerk, Judge Robert W. Pratt, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, 2002-2003.

Member
American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Section of Business Law; New York State Bar Association; American Society of International Law.

Languages
Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Russian.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms