Virginia Harper Ho

Associate Professor of Law
Docking Faculty Scholar
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 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. 

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

 

Representative Publications
The Recursivity of Reform: China’s Amended Labor Contract Law (with Qiaoyan Huang), 37 Fordham International Law Review __ (2014); Of Enterprise Principles and Corporate Groups: Does Corporate Law Reach Human Rights?, 56 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law __ (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); "From Contracts to Compliance? An Early Look at Implementation Under China’s New Labor Legislation," 23 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 35 (2009), reprinted in Obligations and Property Rights in China (Perry Keller, ed., 2011, Ashgate); Labor Dispute Resolution in China: Implications for Labor Rights and Legal Reform (University of California, Berkeley: Institute for East Asian Studies, 2003).

Selected Presentations

  • “Government Voluntary Clubs: A Comparative Look at Regulatory Innovation,” Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, July 1, 2013.
  • “Proposed Changes to the Kansas Revised Limited Liability Company Act,” Recent Developments in the Law Continuing Legal Education Program, May 31, 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.
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility as Collaborative Governance? The PRC Approach in Comparative Perspective”, Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Conference on “Collaborative Governance in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: Trends, Issues and Perspectives,” June 17, 2011.
  • "Labor Law Reform in China: Is it Working?” Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB), symposium on "Chinese Workers Under Threat or Threat to U.S. Workers?" Bloomington, Ind., March 31, 2010.
  • “Enlightened Shareholder Value, Risk Management and Corporate Law,” Loyola University of Chicago, Conference on Risk Management and Corporate Governance, Oct. 1, 2009.

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

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: 28 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
  • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms