Aaron Halegua is a practicing lawyer, consultant, and research fellow at the New York University School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute and its Center for Labor and Employment Law. He is an expert on labor and employment law, access to justice and legal aid, dispute resolution, and business and human rights in the United States, China, and internationally. His current research interests include labor standards at Chinese companies’ overseas projects. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University.

Halegua has consulted on labor issues in China, Myanmar, and Malaysia for Apple, the Ford Foundation, the International Labor Organization, the International Labor Rights Forum, the Asia Foundation, and the American Bar Association. He has written numerous book chapters, law review articles, and op-eds in publications such as the Hong Kong Law Journal, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and the Washington Post. He is also the author of the report “Who Will Represent China’s Workers: Lawyers, Legal Aid, and the Enforcement of Labor Rights” (2016).

Halegua has been quoted on labor rights issues in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Bloomberg. He is also a participant in the Sino-American Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and has been invited to speak to industry associations and at top universities and think tanks in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

As a practicing lawyer, Halegua has worked with both non-profit institutions and the world’s top law firms. In 2012, he won a federal court jury trial on behalf of six Chinese nail salon workers. His legal victories have been covered by The New York Times, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, and Chinese-language television and newspapers.

Last Updated: December 14, 2017



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