Aaron is a Research Fellow at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at NYU Law School. He has worked on issues concerning labor law, mediation and dispute resolution, corporate social responsibility, migrant workers, and legal aid in China for over ten years. His academic work has been published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law (2008), Harvard Law & Policy Review (2007) and Hong Kong Law Journal (2005), and he has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Economist, and Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of Who Will Represent China's Workers? Lawyers, Legal Aid, and the Enforcement of Labor Rights (2016), described by Jerome Cohen as a "groundbreaking work" that "provides the most detailed and illuminating account of the landscape of labor rights enforcement in China."
Aaron has consulted on labor rights programs for Apple and on rule of law programs for the International Labour Organisation, NYU Law School, Ford Foundation, International Labor Rights Forum, Asia Foundation, PILNet, and American Bar Association. Aaron has spoken about his work at numerous universities and forums, including the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Conference, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Annual Conference, Harvard University, NYU Law School, Cornell University, Columbia Law School, the City University of New York, Rutgers University, University of Florence, and several Chinese universities, including the University of Hong Kong, Peking University, and Renmin University in Beijing.
Related Media and Publications:
Rebecca McCray, "China's Growing Labor Movement Threatens Beijing," TakePart, March 16, 2016 (quoting Aaron Halegua on the reasons for the rise in strikes and labor unrest in China, including the economic downturn, increased worker consciousness, and the lack of an effective trade union or other means of negotiating between workers and management).
“Protecting the Legal Rights of Chinese Workers: A Mapping of Legal Issues and Avenues for Recourse in Several Chinese Cities,” presentation at Ford Foundation, Beijing, China, December 11, 2015.
Aaron was part of the American delegation to the "Sixth Sino-U.S. Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights" in Beijing, China on December 7-8, 2015.
“Protecting the Legal Rights of Chinese Workers: A Mapping of Legal Issues and Avenues for Recourse in Several Chinese Cities,” presentatoin at the University of Florence – Prato Campus, Prato, Italy, November 21, 2015.
"China’s restrictions on barefoot lawyers could backfire, leading to more unrest,” South China Morning Post (March 30, 2015) (op-ed by Aaron Halegua on China's new rules limiting litigants' ability to be represented by individuals without a lawyer's license).
"Strike a balance," South China Morning Post (February 26, 2015) (op-ed by Aaron Halegua on labor strikes in China and the new Guangdong regulations on collective bargaining).
“Out brothers, out! Guangdong province pioneers a new approach to keeping workers happy,” The Economist, January 31, 2015 (quoting Aaron Halegua on the significance of Guangdong Province's new collective negotiation regulations).