Anna Han


Greetings, you have reached Professor Anna Han’s personal web page.

This is intended to give you a little background on myself.

I started teaching here at Santa Clara in 1989. Over the years, I have taught courses such as International Business Transactions, Remedies and Contracts. Currently, I’m teaching Business Organizations, Chinese Trade and Investment Law, Technology Licensing and Legal Issues of Start-up Businesses.

My courses reflect both my practice experience and my interests. For a number of years, I practiced in Shanghai, China, advising foreign companies doing business there. The transactions often involved licensing technology and setting up joint ventures. I have the dubious distinction of being the first foreign attorney to setup an office in Shanghai. More recently, I served as counsel to White & Case, an international law firm.

I love teaching and I try to infuse my practical experience into the classroom. Theory is important but I believe you also need to learn some practical aspects of practicing law while in law school. I have also directed many of our summer study abroad programs. I started our Shanghai one in 2006 but have also directed Hong Kong, Geneva/Strasburg, Istanbul and Oxford.

My research primarily involves exploring Chinese laws and how these laws are changing as China changes its economic system. In addition to law review articles, I wrote 4 chapters on Chinas rapidly developing IP laws, covering Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and Domain names. The chapters are in Business Law in China, published by the ICC in Paris. I also have a casebook, co-authored with Daniel Chow on Doing Business in China, published by West. This is a comprehensive casebook that covers all the major issues that foreign companies face in China and comes with statutory appendices of all the major laws and regulations.


General information on China

Procurator Daily. Good for criminal law issues. (You may be asked to install a pluggin in order to display Chinese characters.)

Chinese Laws in Chinese and English with very good links.

Sample Exams at ClaraNet