international law

We constantly get emails from readers asking what to read on China and all sorts of things related and even barely related to China. We try to tackle these requests with posts like the following:

But as you can see, these sorts of posts are sporadic and focused on books and websites and not on to-the-minute articles.

My law firm is a true believer in Slack and we have channels on there for just about everything, ranging from the big legal matters on which we are working to those intended to cover bigger pictures, such as channels on international trade, international law, Cannabis law, China, Spain, and random. A large part of these is people from my firm posting an article the poster believes others should read. I am hoping this new series will be somewhat like that.

I am going to call it eight things to read for the following three reasons:

  1. Eight is a lucky number in China and much of Asia.
  2. Eight has always been my lucky number.
  3. My good friend, Abe Sorock, has (had?) a truly excellent newsletter called Atlas China Top 8, where he would list out and email his top eight reads on “China + global technology, business, and innovation trends, 8 items at a time.” This will be a sort of homage to that newsletter.


We lawyers are famous for finding loopholes and for knowing how to push against guidelines. If there is one immutable legal rule that transcends nations it is that you should never believe a lawyer who says “I have just one more question.” And if a lawyer who claims to have just one more question asks six more questions, he or she knows how to parry back: I did ask just one more question, it just had with subsets. I mention this because I actually have no idea how many readings I will list each week and I will not know until I complete each week’s post. I do know that the time I have each week to find them and the number of quality articles I find will influence the number.

Our plan is to very briefly explain each article and why I have included it and then to provide its link. That’s it. Well, probably. The articles will likely include many on China and on Asia and a few on international trade, international politics, Spain and Latin America, economics and really just anything else we believe might benefit our readers or even that we just want people to read. We do not plan to choose articles that push our or any other political agenda or any other agenda for that matter, but having said that, we are not objective and our views may creep through. Our goal though is to focus on articles that are important or helpful or — most importantly — that make you think. Our posting of an article will NOT mean we agree with all of it or even any of it. Most of the articles will be from the week preceding the post but we will also sometimes throw in older articles (classics if you will) as well.

By the time of the first post, we will have set up a “special” email address to which readers can send their suggested articles and we will give out that email at the end of each post.

So buckle up and enjoy. Or not.

Oh, and though it should go without saying, but please do not hesitate to comment at the end of this or any other post. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your comments, good, bad and indifferent.

Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog ( Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.