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‘I enjoy very much the interaction with our students.’ — Professor Daniel C.K. Chow

Daniel C.K. Chow

Daniel C.K. Chow brings to Ohio State and his students an expertise on trade issues that will define the United States’ relationship with China for decades to come.

A faculty member in the Moritz College of Law, Chow is the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law. In recent years, his scholarship has focused on the application of China’s intellectual property laws, how the United States is using the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and whether China’s currency manipulation can be subject to trade sanctions.

A fluent Mandarin speaker who emigrated from Hong Kong as a small boy, Chow said China has great difficulty enforcing its intellectual property laws. Lately, he has been studying how the United States drafted the TPP trade agreement to box in China, and he sees the potential for the pact already signed by 12 Pacific Rim nations to be an effective tool in gaining equal trade footing with China.

“It was drafted specifically with the goal of containing China,” he said, “and it contains a number of provisions aimed directly at eroding the trade advantages China currently enjoys.”

Chow brings a unique perspective to scholarship in this area, having worked in the late 1990s as an attorney for a large company with extensive operations in China. His legal work covered investment, intellectual property, labor and customs issues.

“It was able to give me a sense of the kinds of problems that multinational companies encounter in the modern business world,” he said.

Chow said earning the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law in 2014 has been a source of inspiration.

“The chair is a great honor, but it brings a lot of responsibilities,” he said. “I’ve tried to meet those responsibilities in publishing, teaching and research the best I can.”

His inquisitive law school students are among his best motivators.

“They always surprise you with the questions they ask,” he said, “and they always bring a fresh perspective, so I enjoy very much the interaction with our students.”