Autumn 2015 Guest Speakers

September 9, 2015. Frederic Delano Grant, Jr.

Boston College Law School, and Ph.D. (2012), Leiden University, is a Boston, Massachusetts lawyer who has written extensively about the business and legal history of China’s maritime foreign trade, including his most recent: The Chinese Cornerstone of Modern Banking: The Canton Guaranty System and the Origins of Bank Deposit Insurance 1780-1933

September 11, 2015. Professor Bill Alford

William P. Alford is a scholar of Chinese law and legal history. His books includeTo Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization(Stanford University Press 1995), Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia (Harvard East Asian Legal Studies 2007), 残疾人法律保障机制研究 (A Study of Legal Mechanisms to Protect Persons with Disabilities) (Huaxia Press 2008, with Wang Liming and Ma Yu’er), and Prospects for the Professions in China(Routledge 2011, with William Kirby and Kenneth Winston).

Professor Alford is the founding Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability which provides pro bono services on issues of disability in China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vietnam and several other nations. He served from 2005 to 2014 on the board of directors of Special Olympics International (which serves individuals with intellectual disabilities in more than 180 nations) chairing its Research and Policy Committee and serving on its Executive Committee. In 2008, Special Olympics honored him for his work for persons with intellectual disabilities in China.

September 17, 2015. Professor Paul Pickowicz

Paul Pickowicz is one of the country’s leading historians of modern China with 15 books to his credit.  A true interdisciplinary scholar, his work has investigated the impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese peasants, the history of Chinese cinema, Cold War propaganda strategies, rural protest and Chinese soft-power initiatives.  His book “Chinese Village, Socialist State” (co-authored with Edward Friedman and Mark Selden) was called “by far the best book on the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on peasant life” by The New York Review of Books.

September 28, 2015. Dennis T. C. Tang

Dr. Te-Chung Tang (“Dennis T. C. Tang”) is the Honorable Justice, Constitutional Court (Judicial Yuan), Republic of China (Taiwan).  Before he assumed his post in the judicial branch on October 1, 2011, Dr. Tang served as Distinguished Research Professor and Founding Director of the Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica in Taiwan from July 2004 to September 2011, and has served as Professor of Law at the Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University (joint appointment) since 1989.  He specializes in constitutional, administrative and environmental law, and has taught in these fields since 1989. In addition, Dr. Tang has served as legal consultant or commissioner for various government agencies, including the Commission on Government Reorganization of the Executive Yuan (the Cabinet), the Commission on Statutes and Regulations of the Ministry of the Interior and of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Administrative Appeals Commission of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defense, etc.  He is also a member of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) International Commission on Environmental Law. Dr. Tang has numerous publications in Chinese, including Dialogic Constitution: Constitutional Dialogue (3rd ed., 2015), Separation of Powers Revisited (4th ed., 2014), and Treatise on the Administrative Procedure Act (2nd ed., 2003).

October 1, 2015. Professor Onuma Yasuaki

October 10, 2015. Professor Rowena He

Born and raised in China as a member of the "Tiananmen Generation," Dr. He moved to Canada in 1998, where she received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Today she teaches at Harvard University, where her seminars on the Tiananmen uprising have earned her a Certificate of Teaching Excellence for three consecutive years. Her book manuscript Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of Struggle for Democracy in China is coming out in paperback and hardcover simultaneously in April 2014 (Palgrave- Macmillan). Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and she has been interviewed by The Boston Globe, NBC, the CBC, the BBC, and various other international media.

October 15, 2015. Thomas Kellogg

Thomas Kellogg is director of the East Asia Program at the Open Society Foundations. He is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School. At the Open Society Foundations, Kellogg focuses most closely on civil society development, legal reform, and human rights; he also oversees work on a range of other issues, including public health, environmental protection, and media development.

Kellogg has written widely on legal reform in China, and has lectured on Chinese law at a number of universities in the United States and China. He has also taught courses on Chinese law at Fordham and Yale Law Schools.

Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Kellogg was a senior fellow at the China Law Center at Yale Law School; prior to that, he worked as a researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. He is a 2003 graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and a 1996 graduate of Hamilton College.

October 29, 2015. Professor Margaret K. Lewis

Professor Margaret Lewis’s research focuses on China’s legal system with an emphasis on criminal justice. She joined Seton Hall Law School as an Associate Professor in 2009.

Professor Lewis is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. 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.

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 and also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

November 2, 2015. Professor Guo Zhiyuan

Guo Zhiyuan is a Professor of Law at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, where she specializes in Criminal Procedure, Evidence, International Human Rights Law and Law and Society Studies. She is Deputy Director of the Center for Criminal Law and Justice, CUPL, Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College, US and Chinese University of Hong Kong, she is also a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. Guo was appointed as Guanghua Visiting Scholar at NYU School of Law from 2008-2009 and as Sohmen Visiting Scholar at Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University in 2011. She was just appointed as Fulbright Research Scholar for 2015-2016 and now is visiting Stanford Law School. Prof. Guo has published extensively on academic journals in both Chinese and English languages. Her research interests include exclusionary rules of evidence, Plea Bargaining, Effective Counsel, and Criminal Mental Health Law.

November 16, 2015. Judge Wenny Huang

Judge Huang was appointed as an appellate criminal judge of the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch in September 2015. From 2009 to August 2015, Judge Huang served as a presiding judge of the Taiwan Kaohsiung District Court, where she was in charge of felony cases with a particular focus on cases involving corruption, murder, and financial crimes. She also handled panel trials and reviewed judgments. In her early career, following graduation from National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Law, she served as a prosecutor for five years and as a judge for seven years. Judge Huang holds an LLM degree in Intellectual Property law from George Washington University School of Law.

November 23, 2015. Professor Tong Zhiwei

Tong Zhiwei is a professor of law at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai, where he serves as the director of the Center for Rule of Law in China. He serves as the vice president of the Constitutional Law Society of China and has been the editor-in-chief at the journal Legal Science Monthly 《法学》. He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies. Prior to joining ECUPL, he was a professor of law and acting dean at Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Law.

Aside from his academic career, he is also an active commentator on a range of social issues related to Chinese laws and politics. Professor Tong has published extensively on constitutional questions, including On the Structure of the State (Wuhan University Press, 1997), Legal Rights and Constitutional Government (Shandong People’s Publishing House, 2001), and  Constitutional Law (Tsinghua University Press, 2008), and he continues to be an active participant in debates over socialist constitutionalism. Professor Tong is a leading public intellectual in China and has articulated his support for judicial independence and the limitation on state power in articles and papers he wrote about the ‘Chongqing Model’ and Bo Xilai’s ‘Smash the Black’ anti-crime campaign. Professor Tong received his PhD and master’s degree in law from Wuhan University and diplomas in Comparative Studies of Political System from Fudan University and Jinzhou Teachers’ College.

November 30, 2015. Professor Shitong Qiao

Dr. Shitong Qiao is assistant professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches comparative property law, comparative land use, law and development and Chinese law. Before joining HKU in 2014, he taught at New York University School of Law as a research fellow and Peking University School of Transnational Law as a visiting faculty member. Dr. Qiao holds degrees from Wuhan University (LL.B.), Peking University (LL.M.), and Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.), where he was awarded the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund fellowship, the Kauffman Summer Student Fellowship, and the Streicker Fund fellowship.

Dr. Qiao's current research focuses on property and social norms, with broad academic interests in law and development (in particular urbanization), law and economics, and law and globalization. In his research and teaching, he endeavors to integrate law and social sciences theories with on-the-ground observation of and participation in law and development in China. Dr. Qiao has presented his research at various forums, including the highly selective ones such as the American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting (twice), the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop of the American Society of Comparative Law, the Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum, and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center Economic Governance and Social Preference Workshop. Dr. Qiao’s publications appear in American Journal of Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Journal of Law and Society,Iowa Law Review, Fordham Urban Law Journal, China Reform (中国改革), among others.

Dr. Qiao passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is a member of the New York State Bar. He has provided expert opinions on the Chinese land regime to government agencies both inside and outside of China, including the Shenzhen city government and the Ontario Securities Commission.