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Kenneth Lieberthal Liu Sida
Yang Jian Stanley Lubman
Joseph Kahn Mary Gallagher
Jeffrey Prescott Eric Richardson
Yao Yao Nico Howson
Carl Minzner Andrew Mertha


Kenneth Lieberthal

Kenneth Lieberthal is Arthur Thurman Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and William Davidson Professor of International Business at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

His research encompasses the evolution of China's political economy, multinational corporate investment in China and India, and foreign policy and security issues in Asia and the United States. During the Clinton administration he served as senior director for Asia at the National Security Council, as well as special assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Dr. Lieberthal is currently a non-resident Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and senior director of Stonebridge International LLC, a business advisory firm specializing in the BRIC markets. A prolific contributor to the discourse on modern China, he sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Contemporary China, the China Quarterly and the China Economic Review, among others.

Dr. Lieberthal received a B.A. with distinction from Dartmouth College in 1965, an M.A. and East Asian Institute Certificate in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Political Science (Comparative Politics) in 1972, both from Columbia University. (top)

Yang Jian

Mr. Yang Jian is Provincial Director of Huaxi News Agency in Chengdu, China. He is also the director of Baixing Magazine in Beijing. Baixing Magazine, whose title translates roughly as “ordinary people” but is known in English as Commoners, was a popular monthly magazine under the aegis of the agricultural department, which made a name for itself exposing corruption among local officials in the countryside.

Mr. Yang had advocated on behalf of jailed Luzhou City People’s Congress delegate Zeng Jianyu, whose focused on environmental protection, citizenship rights, and monitoring of the local law enforcement department had embarrassed and displeased regional officials. Mr. Yang was also involved in assisting the occupants of the residential and commercial development, Sichuan Fangzhipin Dasha Guangcheng, to recover several million dollars worth of property from a corrupt real estate developer. (top)

Joseph Kahn

Joseph Kahn is the deputy foreign editor of the New York Times. Prior to that, he served as the Times' Beijing Bureau Chief, having previously been assigned to Shanghai. Mr. Kahn was also a reporter in the Washington bureau, covering international economics and trade, and he was a reporter on the business desk in New York, writing about Wall Street. Before joining The Times in January 1998, Mr. Kahn spent four years as a China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He also worked as a city desk reporter and foreign correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, where he was part of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for international reporting for their stories on violence against women around the world.

In 2006, Mr. Kahn, together with his Beijing-based colleague Jim Yardley, won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their ambitious stories on ragged justice in China as the booming nation's legal system evolves. They also won the Harry Chapin Media Award in the newspaper category for a series of stories on the rising wealth gap and outbreaks of mass protests in China the year before. In 2004, Mr. Kahn won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for international reporting for his series of stories on labor conditions in China's export factories. The same series received a citation from the Overseas Press Club.

Mr. Kahn graduated from Harvard College in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in American history. In 1990, he received a master's degree in East Asian studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. (top)

Jeffrey Prescott

Jeffrey Prescott is Deputy Director of The China Law Center and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. While heading the China Law Center’s operations in Beijing from 2002-2007, Mr. Prescott served as a Visiting Scholar at Peking University Law School. In 2001-02, he taught human rights law at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, on a grant from the Luce Foundation.

Mr. Prescott was a Bernstein Fellow of Yale Law School from 1998-99. He spent his fellowship year at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in New York, where he worked on projects in support of human rights and the rule of law. Following his fellowship, he continued at the Lawyers Committee as a staff attorney from 1999-2001.

Mr. Prescott received his B.A. from Boston University in 1993, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997. After graduation, he clerked in the chambers of the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. (top)


Yao Yao

Yao Yao is a PRC legal worker and Director of Law and Public Participation in Civil Society Watch, one of China’s most significant NGOs. Yao received his LL.B. in 2004 from China University of Political Science and Law. He is a Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) fellow and visiting scholar of Columbia Law School from 2007-2008. Yao Yao’s topic of research at Columbia is water rights and good governance. During his fellowship with PILI, Yao plans to develop a project on people’s right of access to clean water.

In Civil Society Watch, Yao focuses on environmental justice and good governance. His work includes litigating and advocating for the rights of people suffering from AIDS as well as environmental protection, promoting public participation, organizing groups to attend public hearings, and lobbying and developing capacity building for grass root organizations. In addition, Yao has worked on issues regarding rural construction, labor rights, and elections. Yao also writes extensively for magazines and newspapers.

Carl Minzner

Carl Minzner is Associate Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, specializing in Chinese law and politics. Before joining the law faculty, he served as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (2006-2007), and as senior counsel on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (2003-2006), monitoring and reporting on local governance, civil society, access to justice, and internal migration in China.

From 2002 to 2003, Professor Minzner was as a Yale-China Legal Education fellow at the Xibei Institute of Politics and Law in Xi’an. At Xibei, he taught American intellectual property law and assisted in the development of the school’s clinical legal education program, in which students represented clients in Chinese court proceedings. He has also practiced intellectual property law with the law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, and clerked for Judge Raymond Clevenger, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Professor Minzner received a joint J.D./M.I.A degree from Columbia Law School and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University. His published works include articles on citizen petitioning institutions in China and reforms to the regulations governing Chinese civil society organizations (top)

Liu Sida

Sida Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago and a Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Before coming to Chicago, Mr. Liu received his LL.B. from Peking University School of Law in 2002. His research interests include law and society, professions, and political sociology. In recent years, Mr. Liu has written extensively on China’s legal reform and the Chinese legal profession. He has published research articles in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, as well as several leading law and social science journals in China. His book The Lost Polis: Transformation of the Legal Profession in Contemporary China (in Chinese) is published by Peking University Press in January 2008. Currently, Mr. Liu is working on his Ph.D. dissertation entitled State, Professions, and Significant Others: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market, which provides a sociological perspective for understanding the competition and regulation of lawyers and other legal occupations in China since the late 1970s. (top)

Stanley Lubman

Stanley Lubman teaches at the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He has specialized on China for 45 years. He first taught at Berkeley from 1967-1974 and returned in 2002. In the meantime, he taught at Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, the University of Heidelberg, and the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. In October 2004, he was a visiting scholar at Oxford University.

Professor Lubman combined two careers from 1972 to 1997. While teaching part-time and conducting research on contemporary Chinese law, he also practiced law full-time. From 1977 to 1997 he headed the China practices at two major San Francisco law firms and a large English firm of solicitors. He advised clients on a wide range of China-related matters and represented them in disputes arbitrated by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission in Beijing.

Professor Lubman’s writings on Chinese law (including Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China After Mao,Stanford University Press, 1999) and related subjects have been widely published.

Professor Lubman has also been the advisor to The Asia Foundation on China-related legal projects for over ten years. In this capacity, he organized a committee of American specialists on administrative law to consult with members of the National People's Congress Committee on Legislative Affairs on reform of Chinese administrative law, organized a project to train officials of the Legislative Affairs Bureau of the State Council (China's cabinet) on WTO compliance and American administrative law, and currently works on other law reform projects in China.

Mr. Lubman was trained as a China specialist in the United States and in Hong Kong for four years (1963-67) under grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia University, and the Foreign Area Fellowship Program. He holds an A.B. degree with honors in history from Columbia College and LL.B., LL.M., and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia Law School. (top)

Mary Gallagher

Mary Gallagher is an associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan where she is also a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies, the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. She received her Ph.D in politics in 2001 from Princeton University.

Her book Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China was published by Princeton University Press in 2005. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China where she worked on a new project, The Rule of Law in China: If They Build It, Who Will Come? This project examines the legal mobilization of Chinese workers. This project is funded by the Fulbright Association and the National Science Foundation. She has published articles in World Politics, Law and Society Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Asian Survey.

Professor Gallagher teaches classes on Chinese politics, labor rights in the global economy, and research design. She also serves on the University of Michigan’s Advisory Committee for labor standards and human rights.

Eric Richardson

Eric Richardson is Foreign Policy Fellow and Counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, responsible for providing expertise on Asia and human rights to the Committee. Among issues he works on for the Committee are Internet freedom and those involving the Beijing Olympics.

Mr. Richardson serves the Congress on detail from the State Department, where he is a career Foreign Service Officer with the rank of First Secretary. From 2002-2007, he served as the political officer in charge of human rights and rule of law issues at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. During several of those years, he participated in negotiations that contributed to China’s decision to meet U.S. Government requests for human rights improvements prior to sessions of the UN Commission on Human Rights. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Mr. Richardson helped to negotiate the release of several political prisoners whose cases he raised regularly with the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He accompanied to the United States released prisoners including China Democracy Party co-founder Wang Youcai, Tibetan nun Phuntsog Nyidrol and Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer. In recognition of his efforts, he was named the State Department’s 2005 Human Rights & Democracy Officer of the Year.

In addition to Beijing, Mr. Richardson has served as a political and economic officer in the U.S. embassies in New Zealand and Israel. Prior to joining the State Department, he was an international and regulatory attorney with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in Washington. Mr. Richardson holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, a M.A. in Law and World Politics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. (top)

Nicolas Howson

Nicholas Howson is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, recipient of the David M. Berger Prize for Public International Law and the Samuel I. Rosenman Prize for Academic Excellence and Citizenship.

Prior to attending Columbia, and after graduating from Williams College in 1983, Professor Howson spent two years as a graduate fellow at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, doing course work and writing on late Qing Dynasty-early modern Chinese literature. After law school, he was awarded a Ford Foundation/CLEEC fellowship to complete research in Qing Dynasty penal law.

In 1988 Professor Howson joined the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was elected partner in 1996. Between 1988 and 2003, he worked out of the firm’s New York headquarters, and also had extended postings in the firm’s London, Paris, and Beijing offices. He then served as the managing partner of the firm’s China Practice based in Beijing, China, where he acted for clients in several precedent-setting corporate M&A, investment and securities transactions in the country.

Professor Howson writes and lectures widely on Chinese law topics, focusing on Chinese corporate and securities law developments, and has acted as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the UNDP and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and various Chinese government ministries and administrative departments. He had also taught extensively on various Chinese law topics at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and Cornell Law School. Professor Howson is a member of the New York Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a designated foreign arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”). (top)


Andrew Mertha

Andrew Mertha is Assistant Professor of Political Science and of International and Area Studies at the Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, Professor Mertha is also a fellow at the Center in Political Economy

Professor Mertha's research and teaching interests have included international trade, policy implementation/enforcement, and bureaucratic politics/political institutions, particularly within the context of contemporary China. His current research project is on the politics of hydropower in China. He has lived in China for almost seven years, beginning in 1988. He has just finished another book manuscript, tentatively titled "Water Wars: Political Pluralization and Hydropower Policy in China," as well as book chapters on Sino-US trade policy and on property rights in China.

A member of the Washington University faculty since 2001, Mertha received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in February 2001. His dissertation is entitled: “Pirates, Politics, and Trade Policy: Structuring the Negotiations and Enforcing the Outcomes of the Sino-US Intellectual Property Dialogue, 1991-1999.” (top)

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