2014 Bernstein China Symposium: Program and Speaker Bios

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The NYU U.S.-Asia Law Institute and Human Rights in China present
The 2014 Bernstein China Symposium

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA:

DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LEVERS FOR CHANGE

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Location: Vanderbilt Hall (40 Washington South), Greenberg Lounge

9:00-9:15 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction
Dean Trevor Morrison, Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

9:15-10:30 a.m.: Panel 1: Domestic Policy and Human Rights

Moderator:
Ira Belkin ’82, Executive Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law

Speakers:
Eva Pils, Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Stéphanie Balme, Researcher and Professor, Sciences Po (CERI/PSIA) (France)
Fu Hualing, Professor of Law, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

Commentator:
Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor; Co-Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham University School of Law

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Panel 2: Chinese Civil Society and Human Rights

Moderator:
Sharon Hom ‘80, Executive Director, Human Rights in China (HRIC)

Speakers:
David Wertime, Senior Editor, Foreign Policy; Co-Founder, Tea Leaf Nation
Carl Minzner, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
Karla Simon, Chair, International Center for Civil Society Law

Commentator:
Fu Hualing, Professor, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

2:00-3:15 p.m.: Panel 3: Human Rights Developments in Taiwan: Model for the Mainland?

Moderator:
Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law; Co-Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law

Speakers:
Nigel Li, Partner, Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law (Taiwan)
Jiunn-rong Yeh, Former government minister; University Chair Professor, National Taiwan University
Yu-jie Chen ‘08, Research Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute; J.S.D. candidate, New York University School of Law

Commentators:
Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law; Faculty Director and Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law
Margaret K. Lewis, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

3:15-3:30 p.m: Coffee Break

3:30-4:45 p.m.: Panel 4: China, Human Rights and International Engagement

Moderator:
José E. Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law; Director, LL.M Degree in International Legal Studies, New York University School of Law

Speakers:
Sharon Hom ‘80, Executive Director, Human Rights in China (HRIC)
Felice D. Gaer, Director, American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights; Vice-Chair, Committee Against Torture of the United Nations*
Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch

Commentator:
Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law; Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law

* For identification only; Ms. Gaer is speaking in her personal capacity.

4:45-5:45 p.m.: Closing Keynote

Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; former Legal Adviser and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department

5:45-6:30 p.m.: Reception

SPEAKER BIOS

Alston,-PhilipPhilip Alston
Philip Alston is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at NYU, and was a member of the expert group established to assess Taiwan’s compliance with the international standards reflected in the two International Covenants on Human Rights.

 

Jose-AlvarezJosé E. Alvarez
Professor Alvarez is the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University Law School. Prior to coming to NYU, he was the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the executive director of the Center on Global Legal Problems at Columbia Law School, a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, an associate professor at the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. At NYU he teaches courses on international law, foreign investment, and international organizations. He served as President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) from 2006-2008 and is co-editor in chief, along with his NYU colleague, Benedict Kingsbury, of the American Journal of International Law.

Stephanie-BalmeStéphanie Balme
Ms. Balme is head of the Sciences Po research group Justice, Law and Society in China, visiting Professor at the Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing), China Delegate for Civil Law Initiative, Teacher at the China-EU School of Law based in Beijing and vice-president of the French-Chinese Legal Study and Research Association. Ms. Balme also hold a Ph.D. (Sciences Po), various MA degrees and post-graduate studies from Sciences Po, the French School of Oriental Studies, Fudan University in Shanghai and the Faculty of Humanities in Bordeaux; in addition to a specialized education in Chinese Law obtained in Hong Kong in 2004. She is affiliated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University Service Center for China Studies (2003-2006), former co-chairman with Christopher Goscha (UQAM) of the CERI study group on contemporary Vietnam. She is a regular consultant for international organizations, fluent in English and in Chinese (mandarin), she participates to various training programs in China.  Her current research project is entitled, “Investigating China’s Judiciary: Mapping Law in Action (1980-2000).”

Ira-BelkinIra Belkin
Ira Belkin is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in September 2012, Belkin served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation in Beijing, where he worked on law and rights issues. His grant-making supported Chinese institutions working to build the Chinese legal system, to strengthen the rule of law and to enhance the protection of citizens’ rights, especially the rights of vulnerable groups. Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Belkin combined a career as an American lawyer and federal prosecutor with a deep interest in China, and spent seven years working to promote the rule of law in China. His appointments included two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and a year as a fellow at the Yale Law School China Law Center. After graduating from NYU Law, Belkin spent 16 years as a federal prosecutor including time in Providence, R.I., where he was chief of the criminal division, and in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was deputy chief of the general crimes unit. Before attending law school, Belkin taught Chinese language at Middlebury College. He has lectured extensively in Chinese to Chinese audiences on the U.S. criminal justice system and to American audiences on the Chinese legal reform movement. In addition to his J.D. from New York University School of Law, Belkin has a master’s degree in Chinese studies from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany.

Yu-jie-ChenYu-jie Chen
Yu-Jie Chen is a Taiwanese lawyer and J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU in 2008 and was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights. She served as a researcher and advocate for a non-governmental organization, Human Rights in China, before joining the U.S.-Asia Law Institute as a Research Scholar. She has practiced in the Taipei-based international law firm Lee and Li. At the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, Ms. Chen’s research focuses on international human rights, legal institutions, and criminal justice in Taiwan and China. In the fall of 2011, she joined the NYU School of Law as a J.S.D. candidate but has continued to engage in USALI’s research as a part-time Research Scholar.

Jerome-CohenJerome Cohen
Jerome Cohen is a leading American expert on Chinese law and government. He has been a professor at NYU School of Law since 1990 and is co-director of its US-Asia Law Institute at the NYU School of Law. A pioneer in the field, Mr Cohen began studying China’s legal system in the early 1960s, and from 1964 to 1979 introduced the teaching of Asian law into the curriculum of Harvard Law School, where he served as Jeremiah Smith Professor, associate dean and director of East Asian legal studies. In addition to his responsibilities at NYU, Mr Cohen served for several years as CV Starr senior fellow and director of Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is currently a senior fellow. He retired from the partnership of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison at the end of 2000 after 20 years of law practice focused on China. Mr Cohen has published several books on Chinese law and hundreds of scholarly articles on various topics. In 1990, he published Investment Law and Practice in Vietnam. Outside academia, Mr Cohen has served in government, first as an assistant US attorney in Washington, DC, from 1958 to 1959 and then as a full-time consultant to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1959. Mr Cohen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale College (BA, 1951). He graduated in 1955 from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.

Martin-FlahertyMartin S. Flaherty
Martin S. Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where for the last ten years he has taught on the promotion of the rule of law in China. Abroad he has also taught at China University of Political Science and Law and the National Judges College, both in Beijing, and Queen’s University Belfast. Previously Professor Flaherty served as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge John Gibbons of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton, his M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale (in history) and J.D. from the Columbia Law School. Professor Flaherty also studied at Trinity College Dublin on an ITT/Fulbright Fellowship. Formerly chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee, he has led or participated in human rights missions to Hong Kong, China, Northern Ireland, Turkey, Mexico, Malaysia, Kenya, and Romania. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, his writings focus upon constitutional law and history, foreign affairs, and international human rights. Selected publications include: “Executive Power Essentialism and Foreign Affairs” [with Curtis Bradley], Michigan Law Review; “The Most Dangerous Branch,” Yale Law Journal; and “History Right?: Historical Scholarship, Original Understanding, and Treaties as ‘Supreme Law of the Land,’” Columbia Law Review.

Hualing-FuHualing Fu
Professor Fu specializes in criminal justice studies, human rights, and constitutional law in China. He has published widely in both local and international journals. His books include: Media Law in the People’s Republic of China (with Richard Cullen, 1996), Hong Kong’s Constitutional Debate: Conflict over Interpretation (edited with Johannes Chan and Y Ghai, 2000) (居港權引發的憲法爭論), National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong’s Article 23 Under Scrutiny (edited with Carole Petersen and Simon Young, 2005), and The Struggle for Coherence: Constitutional Interpretation in Hong Kong (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) (co-edited with Lison Harris and Simon Young). He is also the China Law editor for Hong Kong Law Journal. His current research includes the constitutional status of Hong Kong and its legal relations with mainland China, dispute resolution and the role of the courts, and criminal justice reform in China.

Falice-GaerFelice D. Gaer
Felice D. Gaer is director of AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights.  The Institute conducts research and advocacy to strengthen international human rights protections and institutions worldwide.  In addition to her role at AJC, Gaer is Vice-Chair of the Committee Against Torture*, the United Nations treaty-monitoring body that reviews government compliance with the Convention Against Torture. Gaer is the first American to serve as an independent expert on this official UN treaty body.  Gaer is also currently Chair of the Leo Nevas Task Force on Human Rights of the United Nations Association of the USA, and is a member of the Board of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation.  From 2001-2012, Ms. Gaer served five terms on the bipartisan federal U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, including three times as Chair, and three times as Vice-Chair.

*For identification only; Ms. Gaer is speaking in her personal capacity.

Ryan-GoodmanRyan Goodman
Ryan Goodman is Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Prior to moving to NYU, Goodman was the inaugural Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Board of Editors of International Theory. He is a member of the United States Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the civil liberties and national security blog, JustSecurity.org. His research interests include: Laws of War, U.S. National Security Law and Policy, Use of Force, Human Rights, U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations.   

Sharon-Hom

Sharon Hom
Sharon Hom ’80 leads HRIC’s human rights and media advocacy and strategic policy engagement with NGOs, governments, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Ms. Hom has testified on a variety of human rights issues before key U.S. and international policymakers. She has appeared as guest and commentator in broadcast programs worldwide and is frequently interviewed by and quoted in major print media. Ms. Hom was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of 2007’s “50 Women to Watch” for her impact on business. Ms. Hom taught law for 18 years, including training judges, lawyers, and law teachers at eight law schools in China over a 14-year period in the 1980s and 1990s. Her publications include chapters in The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Frontline in the Global Fight for Women’s Rights (2012), Gender Equality, Citizenship, and Human Rights: Controversies and Challenges in China and the Nordic Countries (2010), and China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenge (2008). She is co-author of Contracting Law (1996, 2000, 2005), editor of Chinese Women Traversing Diaspora: Memoirs, Essays, and Poetry (1999), and co-editor of Challenging China: Struggle and Hope in an Era of Change (2007).

Harold-KohHarold Koh
Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Professor Koh is one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He first began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and served as its fifteenth Dean from 2004 until 2009. From 2009 to 2013, he took leave as the Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law to join the State Department as Legal Adviser, service for which he received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award. From 1993 to 2009, he was the Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, and from 1998 to 2001, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Professor Koh has received thirteen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in international law. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 180 articles, testified regularly before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues in both U.S. and international tribunals. He is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. He holds a B.A. degree from Harvard College and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before coming to Yale, he served as a law clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington, and served as an Attorney-Adviser for the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.

Margaret-KMargaret K. Lewis
Margaret Lewis joined Seton Hall Law School as an Associate Professor in 2009. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and an Affiliated Scholar of NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute. Her recent publications have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Virginia Journal of International Law. She is also the co-author of the book Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor with Jerome A. Cohen. Most recently before joining Seton Hall, Professor Lewis served as a Senior Research Fellow at NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she worked on criminal justice reforms in China. Following graduation from law school, she worked as an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Diego. After clerking, she returned to NYU School of Law and was awarded a Furman Fellowship. Professor Lewis received her J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was a member of Law Review. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University. In addition, she has studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China, and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.

Nigel-LiNigel Li
Nigel Li received LL.M. degrees from Harvard in 1983 and National Taiwan University in 1980, after obtaining an LL.B. degree from Soochow University in 1977. In addition to his role as a practicing attorney specializing in dispute resolution and arbitration, media law, human and civil rights, international litigation and constitutional law, he is also an adjunct professor at both the Graduate School of Law of Soochow University and the Department of Political Science of National Taiwan University. He teaches Constitutional Law, Human Rights, ADR and International Arbitration. Currently serving as Chairman of the Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei, Mr. Li has made considerable effort in raising the quality of transnational arbitration and has contributed greatly to cross-strait and international exchanges. At the same time, he is also registered as an arbitrator of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.Over the years, Mr. Li has dedicated himself to pro bono work. He has served as President of the Taipei Bar Association and now sits on the Board of the Judicial Reform Foundation. His determination to preserve human rights and justice has led to his ardent involvement in numerous cases applying for the Grand Justices’ interpretation of the Constitution and his appointment as a Member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Human Rights..

Carl-MinznerCarl Minzner
Carl Minzner is an expert in Chinese law and governance. He has written extensively on these topics in both academic journals and the popular press, including op-eds appearing in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor. Recent academic works include China\’s Turn Against Law, in the American Journal of Comparative Law (2011) exploring Chinese authorities’ shift against legal reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, and The Rise and Fall of Chinese Legal Education in the Fordham International Law Journal (forthcoming 2013), examining both the expansion of Chinese legal education since the late 1990s, and its impending retrenchment. Prior to joining Fordham, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, he has served as Senior Counsel for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, International Affairs Fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations, and Yale-China Legal Education Fellow at the Xibei Institute of Politics and Law in Xi\’an, China. He has also worked as an Associate at McCutchen & Doyle (Palo Alto, CA) and as a Law Clerk for Hon. Raymond Clevenger of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Trevor-Morrison

Trevor Morrison
Trevor Morrison is currently the Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He was previously the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he was also faculty co-director of the Center for Constitutional Governance and faculty co-chair of the Hertog Program on Law and National Security. He spent 2009 in the White House, where he served as associate counsel to President Barack Obama. Drawing on both his scholarship and work experience, he has developed particular renown for his expertise in constitutional law as practiced in the executive branch. Dean Morrison’s research and teaching interests are in constitutional law (especially separation of powers and federalism), federal courts, and the law of the executive branch. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, among others. From 2003 to 2008, Dean Morrison taught at Cornell Law School, and was a visiting associate professor at NYU Law in 2007. Before entering academia, he was a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court (2002-03). Between those clerkships, he was a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of the Solicitor General (1999-2000), an attorney-advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (2000-01), and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (2001-02). Dean Morrison received a B.A. (hons.) in history from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1998. He was also a Richard Hofstadter Fellow in History at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. He was awarded the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the Columbia Law School Class of 2011, and he was elected Faculty Convocation Speaker by the Cornell Law School Class of 2007.

Eva-PilsEva Pils
Eva Pils is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, currently on sabbatical leave from her Faculty and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics Law Department (January-July 2014). She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing. Her scholarship focuses on human rights and China, with publications addressing the role and situation of Chinese human rights defenders, property law and land rights in China, the status of migrant workers, the Chinese petitioning system and conceptions of justice in China. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press. Her book China’s Human Rights Lawyers: Advocacy and Resistance is due to be published later this year. Eva was the founding (co-) director and is a member of CUHK’s Centre for Rights and Justice, and a Nonresident Senior Research Fellow at NYU’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute.

Sophie-RichardsonSophie Richardson
Sophie Richardson is the China director at Human Rights Watch. A graduate of the University of Virginia, the Hopkins-Nanjing Program, and Oberlin College, Dr. Richardson is the author of numerous articles on domestic Chinese political reform, democratization, and human rights in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Vietnam. She has testified before the European Parliament and the US Senate and House of Representatives. She has provided commentary to the BBC, CNN, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Dr. Richardson is the author of China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence (Columbia University Press, Dec. 2009), an in-depth examination of China’s foreign policy since 1954′s Geneva Conference, including rare interviews with policy makers.

Karla-SimonKarla Simon
Karla W. Simon (L.L.M., NYU) is Chair of International Center for Civil Society Law. Simon’s scholarly interests include comparative civil society law, with focus principally on China. Her many articles have been published in the Journal of Chinese Law, the Journal of Japanese Law, the Fordham International Law Journal(on laws affecting civil society in China), and the International Journal of Civil Society Law. She has authored over ten books and book chapters, most focusing on legal issues affecting civil society. Her new book is titled Civil Society in China: A Legal Analysis from Ancient Times to the “New Reform Era” (Oxford University Press, 2013). Previous books include Outsourcing Social Services to Civil Society Organizations in China and Around the World (with Wang, Salamon & Irish 2009),Charity Law and Social Policy (with O’Halloran and McGregor-Lowndes 2008) among others. Prof. Simon is also the founder and manager of the China Civil Society listserv. She is co-founder (with Dr. Leon Irish) of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL, 1992, and she served as its first President from 1992-1996) and of the International Center for Civil Society Law (www.iccsl.org, 2002). She works with ICCSL and its affiliates on various projects funded by private foundations and development agencies in her capacity as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. ICCSL has participated in China projects for the World Bank, UNDP, the Asia Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

David-WertimeDavid Wertime
David Wertime is a Senior Editor at Foreign Policy, where he covers Chinese media, politics, and Internet. He previously founded Tea Leaf Nation, a Chinese media analysis site which was recently acquired by the Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings Co.). David first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fuling, and has lived and worked in Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He graduated from Yale College in 2001 and from Harvard Law School in 2007, then practiced corporate law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and Milbank, Tweed in Hong Kong before founding TLN. In addition to writing frequently about Chinese media, civil society, and foreign policy, David has appeared on Al Jazeera English, BBC television, Public Radio International, among other outlets. He was a 2012 Knight News Challenge finalist and an inaugural seed grant recipient of the Harvard Law School Public Venture Fund. He is a Truman National Security fellow, a ChinaFile fellow at the Asia Society, and a member of the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations. He is originally from the Philadelphia area and grew up in Jenkintown, PA.

Jiunn-rong-YehJiunn-rong Yeh
Jiunn-rong Yeh is University Chair Professor of National Taiwan University and Director of Policy and Law Center for Environmental Sustainability. He earned his LLM and JSD at Yale Law School before joining National Taiwan University, where he teaches constitutional law, East-Asian court in context, administrative law and regulatory theories, environmental law, and climate change governance. He has substantially involved in many constitutional and regulatory issues in Taiwan and in the region, including constitutional amendments and major framework legislation. He joined the Cabinet of Taiwan as a Minister without Portfolio, in charge of government reform and sustainable development. In 2005, He was elected Secretary-General of the mission-oriented National Assembly that approved the constitutional revision proposals by the Legislative Yuan. He received Award of Excellence in Research from National Science Council. Since 2013, he was appointed as university chair professor by National Taiwan University. Professor Yeh has published extensively in English and in Chinese on a wide range of constitutional, regulatory and environmental issues. The most recent coauthored book is Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases and Materials (Hart Publishing).

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