Asia Law Weekly: Natalie Lichtenstein

Natalie Lichtenstein

Monday, March 20, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall Room 208
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
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Natalie Lichtenstein is a U.S. lawyer who has specialized in legal issues at international financial institutions and legal development in China since the 1970s. Until August 2016, she served as the inaugural General Counsel at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Prior to that, she served as the Chief Counsel for the establishment of AIIB, and the principal drafter for the AIIB Charter from 2014. Her work for AIIB drew on her 30-year career at the World Bank. Joining the legal department in 1980, she advised on lending operations in China and other countries for most of the next 20 years. She served as Chief Counsel, East Asia in the 1990s. She was an early leader in legal technical assistance activities. From 1999-2010, she served in senior positions, specializing in the Bank’s institutional governance issues and reforms, legal opinions and Board governance. She led the work on reforms to enhance voice and participation of developing countries in the World Bank Group, prior to her retirement from the World Bank in 2010. Early on in her career (1978-80), she was involved in legal aspects of US participation in international financial institutions as a lawyer at the US Treasury Department. There, she worked on normalization of relations between the US and the People’s Republic of China. Since 2007, she has offered a course on Law & Society in China at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. She has also taught Chinese law at George Washington University Law School. Her consulting work for international organizations in China has included a review of the EU-UNDP Governance for Equitable Development Project and a report on Asian Development Bank’s Technical Assistance for Legal Development. She was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Duke-Kunshan University in May 2014, and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Ms. Lichtenstein received her A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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