Bardenwerper, Walter W. retired after 25 years as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Towers Watson & Co. (now Willis Towers Watson; NYSE: WLTW), a global professional services firm with its Law Department deployed in eight countries, including China. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he has taught mergers and acquisitions and has been active in partnership with the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, promoting interactive law teaching in Russia. Mr. Bardenwerper has spoken to various organizations on Enterprise Risk Management, corporate governance, professional liability and business ethics. He received a B.A. with Honors in Economics from the University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from The University of Virginia Law School. After serving as Law Clerk for United States District Judge Albert Coffrin, he began law practice at the New York-based law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. From 1998-2012 he was a director of Professional Consultants Insurance Company, a professional liability insurance carrier. He also served on the Board of the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) and is a director of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Baskir, Cecily E. is an appellate litigator with her own law firm and holds a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School, and an LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She has served as Law Clerk to Judge Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and also practiced law with the transnational firm of Holland & Knight. As a former member of the STL permanent faculty, she founded the Center for Cross-Border Advocacy, STL’s first clinical legal education program, and is a scholar of clinical law and cross-cultural competence.
Basri, Carole is a consultant with the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro LLP. She holds a bachelor degree from Barnard College and a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University Law School. She has practiced law with several law firms, served as General Counsel of China On Line, and served as Executive Director of the Greater New York chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She has taught law at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, the New York Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Tsinghua University School of Law, and the Hebrew University School of Law. She is an expert on the roles and responsibilities of in-house counsel.
Biton, Yifat is Associate Professor at The College of Management School of Law in Israel. She holds three law degrees, including a Ph.D., from Hebrew University, and an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School. She teaches at Hebrew University, and has taught at both Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities. She also has been a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School as a Fulbright scholar. Co-founder and chair of “Tmura-The Israeli Antidiscrimination Center”, she offers pro-bono legal counsel for tort cases advancing anti-discrimination policies. Yifat’s most prominent area of research interest is tort law and its intersections with antidiscrimination laws. Her other research areas are international torts, antidiscrimination jurisprudence and gender and the law. In addition to co-editing the book Readings in Law, Gender and Feminism, Prof. Bitton published numerous articles in leading Israeli and American law reviews. In 2011, her article “Mizrahis and Law” was awarded the Tel Aviv University Cegla Prize for best research article. Prof. Bitton is the recipient of international as well as local prestigious Prizes for feminist leadership.
Blankfein-Tabachnick, David H. is Assistant Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law. He studied at Ithaca College and the University of Rochester, and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.S.L. degree from the Yale Law School. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School, and he has been honored by the University of Virginia for the quality of his teaching. He is a scholar of property, torts, contracts, legal theory, and tax policy, and he is the author of “Taxation, the Private Law, and Distributive Justice.”
Burgess, John is a 1973 graduate of Yale University (BA in history summa cum laude) and a 1976 graduate of Harvard Law School (JD cum laude). John Burgess practiced in the Boston office of the international law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr from 1976 until his retirement in December 2013. His practice included advising clients with respect to a broad range of transactional and securities law matters, including public debt and equity offerings by US and foreign private issuers; complex joint ventures; and representations of universities and not-for-profit research and development consortia. He held numerous management positions at this firm and also served as managing partner of the firm’s London office. Mr. Burgess was named one of the top five IPO lawyers in the United States in 2000 by IPO Reporter and is regularly listed as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” and in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of international trade and finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities laws. Mr. Burgess has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1993, and was a CRF Fellow at the NATO Desk of the US State Department (EUR/RPM) in 1987. Mr. Burgess is a fellow of Branford College at Yale University, has served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and is a member of the Board of Overseers at WBUR.FM. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy since 2000, and has lectured at various schools including the University of St. Gallen.
Canan, Judge Russell F. was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1993 by President William Jefferson Clinton. Now he is Associate Judge, serving on a Felony I calendar, hearing murder, rape, and child sex abuse cases. Judge Canan served as the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division from 2009–2012 and was the Deputy Presiding Judge from 2006–2009. He is the former Chairperson of the Criminal Advisory Rules Committee, the former Chairperson of the Judicial Education Committee, the former Chairperson of Jury Management Committee, and served on the Committee for Appointment and Retention of Magistrate Judges. Judge Canan has presided over matters in the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the court, as well as the Family Court. Throughout his career, Judge Canan has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Antioch School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School and other universities.
Cole, Marcus is the Wm. Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford University. Professor Cole is a leading scholar on the empirical law and economics of commercial and financial regulation. His research explores questions such as why corporate bankruptcies are increasingly filed in Delaware, and what drives the financial structure of firms backed by venture capital. His current research interests involve the ways in which the world’s poor are using technology to solve their own problems, often in the face of government restrictions against such solutions. Professor Cole has served as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and is a Fellow at the University of Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics. He has served as a Visiting Professor at a number of institutions around the world, including the University of Amsterdam, the University of Vienna, the University of Leiden, Bucerius University, Northwestern University, and Korea University. Before joining the Stanford Law faculty in 1997, Professor Cole was an associate with the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown, and he clerked for Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Dau-Schmidt, Kenneth is Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law at the Maurer School of Law, at Indiana University. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, and he holds both a Juris Doctor degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has won many awards for his teaching, and he has taught at Christian-Albrechts-Universität and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Germany, and at Université de Paris Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) in France. He is a scholar of labor and employment law, and the economic analysis of legal problems, and he is the author of Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace.
Dell’anese, Luca is Professor and Associate Dean at the Beijing Foreign Studies University International Business School. He studied at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi and Harvard University, and he holds a J.D. degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano–Bicocca and an S.J.D. degree from the University of Michigan. He has served as manager of the European Center of Tax Studies and Electronic Commerce in Milan, Italy, and he has practiced law with the transnational law firm of Ropes & Gray. His areas of expertise include tax law, international tax law, cross-border transactions, and financial products.
Dong, Gang, Morgan Stanley’s China Legal Counsel, Executive Director. Mr. Dong covers legal work related to all of Morgan Stanley’s China businesses and platforms, including but not limited to securities, commercial bank, trust, asset management fund, RMB PE fund, QFII and others. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2011, Mr. Dong worked in a leading US law firm, Shearman & Sterling and a leading UK law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Mr. Dong obtained a bachelor of law degree and a master of international economy law degree from China University of Political Science & Law as well as a master of law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Dong Gang is qualified as both a PRC lawyer and a US lawyer of New York State. Dong Gang is also an adjunct professor of Peking University School of Transnational Law, mentor of Juris Master students of Tsinghua University, mentor of graduate students of Beijing Foreign Studies University School of Law and mentor of Fudan University School of Law. In 2013, he was selected in Beijing Senior Legal Experts Talent Pool. Dong Gang is also an arbitrator of CIETAC (China International Economy and Trade Arbitration Commission).
Douglas, Heather is a Consultant and Mediator at Commercial, Mediation & Arbitration ServicesLtd, Hong Kong. Professor Douglas is a solicitor admitted in England & Wales and Hong Kong but notcurrently in practice. She is an accredited mediator with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre[HKIAC] on the General Panel. She is also a trained family mediator. Heather has been involved in disputeresolution for the last 16 years in Australia, England and Hong Kong. She has taught negotiation and mediationto both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Hong Kong and is regularly involved in deliveringcommercial mediation training in Hong Kong as a co-trainer and coach for Global Mediation Services Ltd.Heather is also one of the assessors for the HKIAC Mediator Accreditation Assessments.
Elias, Bram studied at the University of Michigan, Queen’s University of Belfast, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School. He has served as Law Clerk to Judge Denise Casper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a scholar of clinical legal education.
Elias, Stella Burch is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Iowa Law School. She studied at the University of Oxford and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School. She has served as Law Clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as a Foreign Service Officer in the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She has taught as a Climenko Fellow at the Harvard Law School. She is a scholar of immigration law and comparative law.
Elliot, Linda studied at Kalamazoo College, and she holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and an LL.M. in Advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center. She has served as a Law Clerk in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan and in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as an attorney in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and as Deputy Circuit Executive and as Special Counsel to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She has taught at Georgetown University and New York University. She is a scholar of appellate decisionmaking and is the co-author of Federal Courts — Standards of Review.
Fisher, Gerald is an Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He holds a bachelors degree from William and Mary University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University Law School. He has been a partner in the law firm of Fisher & Hansen and has taught law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is an expert on evidence law.
Forry, John is a Professor-in-Residence and the Director of tax programs at University of San Diego School of Law. He oversees the LLM in Taxation program and leading efforts to expand the reach and reputation of USD’s tax programs, continuing education programs and annual events. Professor Forry Forry has been founding partner of Forry Golbert Singer & Gelles, senior partner with law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, partner with Ernst & Young LLP, and international counsel and principal with international law and accounting firms dedicated to the business and personal interests of private clients. He has served on the advisory group to the U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue and currently divides his academic efforts among several U.S. and foreign law and business schools, as well as counseling private clients on international activities.
Foster, Larry is Professor and Former Dean at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa. He holds a bachelors degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. He has practiced law in Hawai‘i, consulted with law firms in China, and taught at Nagoya University and Shinshu University. He is a scholar of American securities regulation.
Fox, Bill is an internationally recognized scholar and practicing lawyer in administrative law, civil procedure, energy law, international business transactions and veteran’s law. Professor Fox began teaching law in 1973 at Boston University Law School, continued at Indiana University and between 1975 and 2006 was a member of the full-time faculty of Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is the former Dean of the Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC, and served two terms as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003-2005. As a Professor of Law for more than 30 years, he taught courses in Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, International Commercial Transactions and Energy Law. His research and teaching interests have resulted in lectures and presentations all over the world. As a practicing attorney, he has handled administrative proceedings, corporate law matters, criminal defense cases, pro bono veteran’s cases and appellate litigation matters. In 2003, he won a landmark case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that impacted all Federal Administrative Law Judges in the United States (Meeker v. MSPB, 319 F.3d 1368 (Fed. Cir., 2003). His publications include: Understanding Administrative Law (4th edition), International Commercial Agreements (3d edition), The Law of Veterans Benefits: Judicial Interpretation (3d edition), and Federal Regulation of Energy. He has authored numerous articles. He is a Member of the District of Columbia Bar, the State Bar of New Mexico, the Supreme Court of the United States and several other federal courts. He is a graduate of the Harvard School of Law (LL.M. 1974), Catholic University Columbus School of Law (J.D. 1972), and George Washington University (B.A. 1969). He served in the United States Army infantry from 1961 to 1965 including service in Southeast Asia.
GE, Yunsong is a Professor of Law at Peking University Law School (Beijing). He holds a LL.B. from the Law School of Nanjing University; a LL.M. and Ph.D. from Peking University Law School; and a LL.M. from Yale Law School. He has been teaching at Peking University Law School since 1995. His research interests lie primarily in Chinese civil law, comparative civil law and legal education.
Gray, Whitmore is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School. He studied at Principia College and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and an LLD from Adrian College. He has served as a consultant on law reform in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Argentina and has been a visiting scholar at Tokyo University. He has also taught at Fordham University, Jilin University and the Academy Summer Program. He is a scholar of contract law, commercial law, and comparative legal systems, and he translated into English the Russian Civil Code and the Chinese Civil Law Principles Civil Code.
Greco, Michael is a partner in the transnational law firm of K&L Gates. He studied at Princeton University and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston College Law School. He has served as a Law Clerk for Judge Leonard Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a Fellow at the Institute of Comparative Law in Florence, Italy. Professor Greco has served as President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, President of the New England Bar Association, and President of the American Bar Association. He co-founded Bar Leaders for the Preservation of Legal Services for the Poor and currently serves as Chair of the ABA Human Rights Center. He has received many awards and honorary degrees for his work promoting human rights, access to justice, and the rule of law around the world.
Guo, Zili is a professor of law at the Peking University Law School. He was a visiting scholar at New York University. Professor GUO is a scholar of Criminal Law and served as the principal draftsman of China’s criminal law.
Hagy, James writes and speaks to business audiences on corporate real estate strategies and international business. During a 28 year career with Jones Day, he formed and led the firm’s Corporate Real Estate Services practice worldwide. He has advised a broad range of Fortune 500 companies in major national and international transactions. His honors include appointment to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and listing as one of the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers (Euromoney). He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he obtained his Juris Doctor and his bachelor’s degree. He has been a magician for more than 40 years and writes and speaks regularly on the history and theory of performance magic, including a recent keynote lecture at The British Library (London).
Herstein, Ori is an Assistant Professor at King’s College London, and holds a Doctoral and Master’s degrees from Columbia University and an LL.B. and undergraduate philosophy degrees from Tel Aviv University. His primary areas of teaching and scholarship are jurisprudence and private law theory. While at Columbia, he wrote his doctoral dissertation under Professor Joseph Raz and held the position of Associate-in-Law. Upon graduation and prior to his move to London, Professor Herstein spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University and two years in private practice as a litigation associate at the NYC office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He also clerked on the Tel Aviv Circuit Court. Professor Herstein is admitted to the New York Bar and the Israel Bar.
Hirshon, Robert is Frank G. Millard Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. He holds a bachelors degree and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan. Former President of the American Bar Association, the Maine State Bar Association, and the Maine Bar Foundation, he has served as a partner in the law firm of Drummond Woodson, COO of the law firm Stoel Rives LLP, CEO of the law firm Tonkon Torp LLP, and counsel to the law firm of Verrill Dana LLP. He has also served as CEO of the Wein Charitable Foundation. An authority on the legal profession, he has received many awards and honorary degrees in recognition of his pro bono work and efforts to improve the profession.
Hoffman, Craig is Director of the Transnational Practice Program at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, and Professor of U.S. Legal Discourse at the Georgetown Law Center. He studied at the College of William and Mary, and he holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas Law School. Professor Hoffman also taught at the University of Texas Law School and the American University Washington College of Law. He is a scholars of legal writing and of law and linguistics, and he is the author of “United States Legal Discourse: Legal English for Foreign LLMs.”
Huang, Hui is Associate Professor and Vice Dean at Beihang University Law School. She is also the Executive Director of the German Legal Study Centre. She has been a visiting professor at the Law School of the Free University of Berlin and a post-doctoral researcher at Peking University Law School. She is an expert in constitutional law, administrative law, state liability law, juristic methods. She has founded and served as the main convener for the National Salon of Case Law Study as well as the Chinese-German Symposium on Civil Law. She has also been a council member of the Chinese Constitutional Law Association and a standing council member of the Beijing Education Law Association since 2011, and a researcher at the Centre for Constitutional and Administrative Law Study at Peking University Law School since 2010. She has published widely and bilingually in both Chinese and German publications. She holds a doctorate degree from the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Kargman, Steven is President of Kargman Associates, an international restructuring advisory firm. He studied at Swarthmore College and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School. He has served as a Law Clerk for Judge Gilbert Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as Lead Attorney for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, as General Counsel of the New York State Financial Control Board, and as an attorney with the transnational law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton. He has served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Insolvency Law, and he has also taught at the Washington College of Law of American University. He is an expert on international debt restructuring and international insolvency, and he is the author of “Solving the Insolvency Puzzle” concerning China’s new insolvency law.
Mier, Christopher is a Chartered Architect and Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator, Adjudicator andDispute Board Member for construction disputes. He is currently serving as the Founder and ManagingDirector at Probyn-Miers company. Professor Miers is regarded as a leading expert architect in the ConstructionDispute Resolution. He has accumulated experience of over 30 years in construction and over 20 years as anExpert, Arbitrator, Mediator, Adjudicator, and Dispute Board Member in the UK and Internationally.
Morin, Robert is an Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He holds a bachelor degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University Law School. He has been a partner in the law firm of Fisher, Morin & Kagan-Kans and has taught law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is an expert on evidence law.
Mulder, Cees is the Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law and vice-director of the post-doc curriculum “Advanced Master Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (LLM/MSc)” at Maastricht University in Netherlands. In 2001, Cees and three of his colleagues founded a private patent attorney office named DeltaPatents in Eindhoven which became a leading institute for training patent professionals, in particular, training patent attorneys for the European Qualifying Examination. He is the author or co-author of the following sets of books: The Cross-Referenced Patent Cooperation Treaty, Basic Questions and Answers for Paper D and Exam-related Questions and Answers for Paper D.
Niehuss, John is Director of the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelors degree from Amherst College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He has practiced law with the transnational firms of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Sullivan & Cromwell, worked as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, worked in development lending at the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance of Zambia, and served as General Counsel of the Inter-American Development Bank and General Counsel of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. He has also taught law at the University of Michigan. He is an expert on the topics of project finance and international economic development.
Oswald, Lynda J. is the Area Chair of Business Law and a Professor of Business Law at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and served as Law Clerk to Judge Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She has held visiting appointments at the University of Florida Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, China University of Political Science and Law, L’viv State University, the University of Sydney, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. She is a scholar of intellectual and real property law and is the author of “The Law of Marketing.”
Paul, Schmidt is counsel at JunHe LLP in Beijing. He specializes in intellectual property law, contentious and non-contentious, as well as cross-boarder arbitration and litigation. Mr. Schmidt began his legal career as a Colorado State prosecutor in the United States. He has substantial trial experience in both the US and the PRC. In 2003, he became associated with Baker & McKenzie’s PRC trademark group. In November of 2010, he joined JunHe as counsel. Mr. Schmidt has extensive experience in all aspects of PRC trademark practice. He is experienced in managing large trademark portfolios and has helped a number of foreign brand owners achieve PRC “well-known” trademark status. He has overseen the acquisition of very high-profile marks and directed the recovery of numerous stolen marks. With respect to enforcement, Mr. Schmidt has successfully prosecuted numerous administrative, civil and criminal IP cases in the PRC. A criminal enforcement matter he helped direct, involving a coalition of automobile manufacturers, was chosen as a top QBPC (“Quality Brands Protection Committee”) case in 2004. He earned a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Pugatch, Meir is a Professor at the Intellectual Property and Knowledge Management Programme at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, as well as the Chair of the Health Systems Administration and Policy Division at the School of Public Health, University of Haifa in Israel. He is also the Managing Director of the Pugatch Consilium group – a boutique consultancy that provides evidence-based research, analysis and intelligence on the fastest growing sectors of the knowledge economy. Prof. Pugatch specializes in innovation policies, intellectual property, technology transfer, pharmacoeconomics, pricing and reimbursement and the management of public health systems. He is the author and editor of an extensive number of publications and serves as a referee and editorial board member of numerous peer review journals.
Regan, Milton is Professor of Law at Georgetown University, where he is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession. He studied at the University of Houston and the University of California Los Angeles and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. He has served as Law Clerk to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, and as an attorney with the transnational law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell. He is a scholar of legal ethics, corporations, and the legal profession, and he is the author of Legal Ethics and Corporate Practice.
Rong, Liya studied at the China University of Political Sciences and Law, the Harvard Law School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and she holds an S.J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She has served as Publisher of the Harvard China Review. She has also taught courses at the University of Michigan Law School, Peking University, the Beijing National Accounting Institute, and Tsinghua University. She is a scholar of corporate tax law and international tax law, and she is the author of “Tax Competition in Developed and Developing Countries: The Case of China.”
Rosenbaum, Mark is Legal Director of the ACLU of Southern California. He studied at the University of Michigan and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School. He has taught at Duke, Harvard, Loyola, UCLA, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California. He has argued three times before the United States Supreme Court, and he has appeared frequently before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court. His areas of expertise include race, gender, poverty and homelessness, education, voting rights, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, the First Amendment and criminal trials. He has received numerous awards and commendations, is regularly selected as one of the most influential lawyers in California, and recently was named California Attorney of the Year in the area of civil rights.
Ross, Michael holds a bachelors degree and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. He has served as a partner in the transnational law firm of Latham & Watkins and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Safeway Corporation. He has taught for many years at the University of California Berkeley Law School and at the University of Virginia Law School. His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, and legal ethics.
Sanders, Anselm Kamperman is Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Director of the Advanced Masters Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM LLM/MSc), and Academic Director of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He acts as Academic Co-director of the Annual Intellectual Property Law School and IP Seminar of the Institute for European Studies of Macau (IEEM), Macau SAR, China and is Adjunct Professor at Jinan University Law School, Guangzhou, China. Anselm holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, where he worked as a Marie Curie Fellow before joining Maastricht University in 1995. He is the Dutch coordinator of the training preparing for the certificate of ‘Benelux Trademarks and Design Agent’, organized by the BBMM.
Schepard, Richard is Senior Counsel at the transnational law firm of Bredin Prat, in Paris, France, having previously served as a senior partner in that firm and as a partner in the transnational law firm of Coudert Brothers. He studied at City College of New York and holds a Juris Doctor degree from New York University. He has also taught at the Institut de Sciences Politiques, the University Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille III, the Universite de Paris V, and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He is an expert on international commercial agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and international litigation.
Shabalala, Dalindyebo is Assistant Professor of International Economic Law and Intellectual Property at Maastricht University. He is Academic Coordinator for the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR). His research focuses on Climate Change and Intellectual Property issues on one hand and on IP and Development issues on the other. He focuses in particular on the role of Brazil, India and China in the regulation of international technology transfer and intellectual property. He is also Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Law School. Previously, Mr. Shabalala was the managing attorney of CIEL’s Geneva office, and Director of CIEL’s Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Project.is Senior Counsel at the transnational law firm of Bredin Prat, in Paris, France, having previously served as a senior partner in that firm and as a partner in the transnational law firm of Coudert Brothers. He studied at City College of New York and holds a Juris Doctor degree from New York University. He has also taught at the Institut de Sciences Politiques, the University Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille III, the Universite de Paris V, and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He is an expert on international commercial agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and international litigation.
Shi, Pengpeng is Professor of Law at the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science at China University of Political Science and Law, a member of the “2011 Plan” of the PRC national government – Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization (“CICJC”) and a member of the “111 Plan” of the PRC national government – Base for Evidence Science Innovation and Talent Recruitment (“BESITR”). He earned a S.J.D. from the Universite de Aix-Marseille, and Ph.D., LL.M, and LL.B. degrees from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law. He has published numerous books and articles on evidence law and criminal procedure law.
Stake, Jeffrey is the Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University. He studied at the University of Illinois and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. He served as an associate at the transnational law firm of Covington & Burling. He has also taught at the Max Planck Institute, the University of Colorado, the Universite de Paris II, the London Law Consortium, and Georgetown University. He is a scholar of law and cognitive science, and he is the author of Economics, Behavioral Biology, and Law.
Stephenson, Matthew is Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School. He holds a bachelor degree, a Ph.D. in political science, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University. He has served as Law Clerk to Senior Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, as a consultant to the World Bank, and as Special Rapporteur for the Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor. He is a scholar of the application of positive political theory to public law, particularly in the areas of administrative procedure, judicial institutions, and separation of powers, and he is the author of Statutory Interpretation by Administrative Agencies.
Sun, Weifei is Associate Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at East China University of Political Science and Law. Professor Sun holds a Ph.D. in Legal History, a Masters of Law in Civil and Commercial Law, and a Bachelors of Law from ECUPL. He has taught at ECUPL since 2002. His research interests include projects related to the legal system of state-owned natural resource management, and German and EU tort law. He has published widely in journals on Chinese tort law.
Torbert, Preston is Senior Counsel at the transnational law firm of Baker & McKenzie. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School. He is one of the founders of Baker & McKenzie’s China practice group, and has played a key role in establishing the firm’s Taipei and Beijing offices. He has also served as co-chair of the People’s Republic of China Law Committee of the ABA’s Section of International Law and Practice, and chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s International Law Committee. He is an expert on the negotiation of multilingual contracts.
Vannier, Elie is a professional Board Director, serving or having served on several boards in France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Belgium, UK, US, as well as over a dozen other countries ranging from Russia to the Philippines. Elie Vannier serves or has served as chairman of the Board, or chairman of various Committees. He has had a diversified career of over 40 years in the media, Industry, Investment banking and retail, with responsibilities ranging from associate to Chief Executive Officer and/or partner. Mister Vannier holds an LLD and a Doctoral Mater’s in Law and Political Sciences from Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris (France).
Weisberg, Judge Frederick H was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1977, reappointed in 1992 and 2007. Before becoming a judge, he was a staff attorney with the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, and was Chief of its Appellate Division from 1974 to 1977. Judge Weisberg received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an LL.M degree in Urban Law from New York University Law School, during which time he also worked as a lawyer in New York City in the VISTA anti-poverty program. Judge Weisberg has served in all Divisions of the Superior Court and is currently assigned to a Civil I calendar. Previously, he was the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. Judge Weisberg serves as the Chairman of the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission. He has lectured and taught at several other law schools, including annually at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Xiong, Wei is Professor of Law at Wuhan University School of Law. He holds a S.J.D degree from Wuhan University and post doctorate degree from Xiamen University. He was a visiting scholar at Michigan University School of Law. His research interests include: finance law, Chinese taxation law and international taxation law. He is the author of Transnational Taxation under the International Perspective, Basic Theory of Taxation and US Federal Taxation Procedure.
Zhang, Xiaojian is from the Law School of Peking University, where he received his LLB, LLM and Ph.D in Law respectively. He was the visiting scholar of School of Law, New York University (NYU), U.S.A. and the visiting fellow in the Asian Law Institute, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He was Awarded by Beijing Law Society as an “Outstanding Youth Jurist”in 1999. He is also an arbitrtor in Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC).
Zheng, Ge is Assistant Professor of Law at University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He got his LLB from Sichuan University and Master and Doctorate degrees at Peking University. He joined the law faculty there as an assistant professor in 1998. In July 2000, he was invited to the University of Michigan as a visiting scholar, and then entered the SJD program in the University of Toronto with the distinguished Connaught Scholarship. During the 2001-2002 academic year, he studied at Duke University in the LLM program, while teaching a Chinese Law course there. Before coming to HKU, he was an Edwards Fellow at Columbia University. Professor Zheng specializes in Constitutional Law and Legal Theory.