|“William and Mary's many international offerings provided me a crucial foundation to start a career in international legal work. The wide-ranging course offerings, exciting internship opportunities, and excellent faculty at William and Mary made my law school experience both enjoyable and rewarding. The Draper's Scholarship also offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to study pressing legal issues with attorneys and judges from around the world, which allowed me to gain a truly international perspective on the law.|
Besides, where else could you be walking to class only to be accosted by Thomas Jefferson inquiring as to the nature of the relationship between state and citizen?”
Brian Soiset (2006)
Foreign Counsel, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Shanghai
Since 2013, Brian has worked as a Foreign Counsel at the Shanghai offices of Zhong Lun Law Firm, one of China's largest and most prominent law firms. Brian advises clients, both Chinese and international, on questions of U.S. law regarding international trade, investment, corporate law, and other areas. He also advises foreign investors on their activities within China, working with People’s Republic of China counsel to structure and negotiate investments and navigate local legal procedures. Since 2013, Brian has also worked with the Antidumping Defense Group, representing Chinese companies in trade disputes before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. courts.
Brian was the 2006-2007 Draper's Scholar, which allowed him to study at Queen Mary College and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where he specialized in Law and Development and focused on topics such as constitutional reforms in the former Soviet Republics and issues relating to the treatment of ethnic minorities in China's legal system.
Upon returning to the U.S., Brian worked at Chemonics International, an international development organization in Washington, D.C. that implements international Rule of Law programs with funding from USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other international organizations. At Chemonics, he worked on various development projects such as e-governance reform in Albania, land law reform in Central Asia, and anti-human trafficking measures.
Starting in August 2008, Brian worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. At the Department of Commerce, he represented the U.S. government in trade disputes with foreign states and companies. These disputes involved imports that had been 'dumped' in the U.S. market by foreign manufacturers as well as imports that had been illegally subsidized by foreign states. Brian worked on cases in the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Dispute Panels of the World Trade Organization. He also helped to implement regional free trade agreements such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and he assisted in providing technical assistance to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce in drafting domestic laws that implement WTO commitments.
In 2011, Brian moved to China. From 2011-2012, Brian was enrolled at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, where he studied Mandarin.