James Cooper

James Cooper

The New Pivot to Asia: Fintech and the Need for Smart Regulation

Professor James Cooper is Professor of Law and Director of International Legal Studies at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. For two decades, Professor Cooper has directed Proyecto ACCESO, a judicial technology transfer project funded by governments, foundations, and international agencies. As a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Bolivian President’s Office for the Constituent Assembly negotiations, Mexico’s Executive Branch (Los Pinos), Paraguay’s Congress, and a number of other international and regional aid organizations and technical cooperation agencies, Professor Cooper advises on leapfrog technologies and leads technology transfer and reform projects. He has been a member of the U.S. government delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization Advisory Committee on Enforcement.

A member of the academic staff of Heidelberg Center for Latin America, Professor Cooper’s public policy work has been commissioned by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany. A Cambridge University- trained Barrister and Solicitor, he started his legal career with Baker & McKenzie, facilitating international business transactions. An intellectual property and trade scholar, he has served as a Visiting Professor at University of California, San Diego, Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and the University of Macau. Professor Cooper’s scholarship has appeared in leading journals in Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

He contributes to newspapers, television and radio news programs including El Mercurio, Globe and Mail, Miami Herald, National Law Journal, Providence Journal, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, Taipei Times, Marie Claire, National Public Radio’s Marketplace and The World, Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s As It Happens and Newsworld, ABC News, NBC News, Univision News, and Fox News. His work has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and he has been quoted in Time magazine, The New York Times and The South China Morning Post. Professor Cooper has directed and produced documentary films and public service announcements for the BBC, Channel Four (U.K.), the U.S. History Channel, and the Bolivian, Chilean, German and U.S. Governments. Professor Cooper is co-founder of the Technology Innovation Council of Asia, a think tank focused on providing enlightened policy recommendations for regulating disruptive technologies to Asian governments including autonomous vehicle, data privacy, ethical Artificial Intelligence, and cryptocurrency/Initial Coin Offering legislation.