Hilary K. Josephs

HILARY K. JOSEPHSDean’s Distinguished Research Scholar of Asian Law Emerita

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Professor Josephs is the Dean’s Distinguished Research Scholar of Asian Law Emerita. Prior to retirement her teaching responsibilities in the required and core curriculum included contracts, commercial transactions, and conflict of laws. At the upper level she specialized in courses on public international law, international business transactions, international trade law, comparative law, and Chinese law. Her numerous publications include Labor Law in China (2d ed. 2003) and The Global Workplace International and Comparative Employment Law: Cases and Materials (co-authored with Blanpain et al, 2d ed. 2012). She has published articles on labor law, international law, foreign investment and comparative law.

Professor Josephs earned an A.B. from Radcliffe College and a J.D. from the University of Hawaii. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her doctorate studies focused on East Asian languages and civilizations with a specialization in Chinese history and literature.

Prior to her teaching career, Professor Josephs clerked for the Supreme Court of Hawaii and spent several years in private practice in New York City as a corporate attorney.

She has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, American Society of Comparative Law; as Chair, Comparative Law Section, American Association of Law Schools; as External Examiner for the University of Hong Kong Law Department; and as External Reviewer, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. She was elected to membership in the International Academy of Comparative Law in 2000.


  • University of Hawaii
    J.D. 1978
  • Harvard University
    Ph.D. 1973
  • Radcliffe College (Harvard University)
    A.B., summa cum laude 1966