Natalie Lichtenstein of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Speaks at USALI

On Monday, February 2, USALI welcomed Natalie Lichtenstein, a Professorial Lecturer in China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), as our speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch. Ms. Lichtenstein  has been an observer of Chinese legal development since the 1970s.  She worked on the 1979 normalization of US-China relations and bilateral claims settlement as a lawyer at the US Treasury Department and  is also the Chief Counsel for the Multilateral Interim Secretariat for the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

After the PRC took up representation of China at the World Bank in 1980, Ms. Natalie Lichtenstein joined the Bank’s legal department, advising 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, and then in senior positions from 2000-2010, specializing in the Bank’s institutional governance issues and reforms.  In her last assignment, she led the work on reforms to enhance voice and participation of developing countries in the World Bank Group.   As a result of those reforms, China has become the third largest shareholder in the World Bank.

Retired in 2010, she continues to teach Law & Society in China as a Professorial Lecturer in China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.   She has also taught Chinese law as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School in 2010 and 2012, and at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1982-86.  She has published occasional articles on Chinese law since 1978.  Her more recent lectures include presentations at Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, Hopkins-Nanjing Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, Tsinghua Law School and Beijing Jiaotong Law School.

In addition, Ms. Lichtenstein has consulted on Chinese legal development for several international organizations.  Her work includes a review of the five-year EU-UNDP Governance for Equitable Development Project in China, and a report on Asian Development Bank Technical Assistance for Legal Development in the People’s Republic of China since 1994.   She is an individual member of the National Committee on U.S. China-Relations.

Ms. Lichtenstein received her A.B. degree (East Asian Studies) from Harvard University in 1975 and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.  She studied at Tunghai University in Taiwan, China, on an Oberlin College program (1973-4).