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Susan W. Tiefenbrun is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She received her J.D. from New York University Law School, a Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University, an M.A. and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin where she was Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated magna cum laude. Professor Tiefenbrun is Director of the Center of Global Legal Studies at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the founding Director of the LL.M. Programs in International Trade and Investment and American Legal Studies for foreign lawyers. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction, by Presidential Decree from the Republic of France on July 7, 2003. She was awarded for her service to legal education from the San Diego County Bar Association on April 3, 2004. She was appointed to the Book Awards Committee of the American Society of International Law in 2003 and re-appointed in 2004, and she has been a member of ASIL since l999. She was appointed Master and Scholar in Residence of the Oliver Wendell Holmes American Inns of Court from 2002 to the present. Her special interests are international law, international business transactions, international intellectual property, international human rights law, and law and literature. She has written a book-length study of Soviet laws and Eastern European joint venture laws, numerous articles on international intellectual property and piracy, the World Court, ad hoc courts,  and international human rights, as well as global sex trafficking. She has edited three books on law and the arts, war crimes and legal ethics. She has published three books recently:  Decoding International Law: Semiotics and the Humanities (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), Tax Free Trade Zones of the World and in the United States  (Edward Elgar Press, 2012), and Women’s International and Comparative Human Rights  (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). She is President of the Law & Humanities Institute West-coast Branch. She lectures in English, French and Russian on private international law transactions and international trade. Professor Tiefenbrun speaks ten foreign languages. Professor Tiefenbrun is the founding director of the China Program in Hangzhou, China.

 

Claire Wright is an Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Prior to joining the TJSL faculty, Professor Wright was a partner at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where she practiced both real estate and international trade law. She also was a partner at the consulting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. At Ernst & Young LLP, Professor Wright directed the firm’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Center, where she advised a large number of countries and companies regarding WTO issues. Professor Wright has special expertise in matters involving Mexico and China and she often teaches a trade law course in TJSL’s summer program at Zhejiang University (Guanghua) School of Law in Hangzhou, China. During the summer of 2011, she taught a course titled Reconciling Cultural Diversity and Free Trade in the Global Economy in TJSL’s summer program at the University of Nice School of Law in Nice, France. She has also taught WTO law at both Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  She is a member of a committee of the American Law Institute which publishes a review of the cases decided each year by the Appellate Body of the WTO. Professor Wright was a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where she worked primarily for then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has worked on a variety of human rights matters for Amnesty International and she has spoken and published widely on issues involving international trade, the WTO, U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Mexico relations, international trade in cultural products and media services, urban policies and human rights.

 

Ben Templin is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Templin was a corporate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where his practice focused on general corporate law for early stage technology companies. Following graduation from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, Professor Templin taught Legal Methods to undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley. His web site provides instruction in how to study and prepare for law school exams. Before going to law school, Professor Templin was an editor in computer magazine publishing. Professor Templin has published a series of law review articles on Social Security reform and government investment in private enterprise.

 

Aaron Schwabach is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Professor Schwabach has been teaching international environmental law for over fifteen years to students at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, California Western School of Law, and the University of Miami School of Law.  He has published numerous articles in the field, as well as International Environmental Law: A Reference Handbook.  As a law student at Berkeley, Professor Schwabach was an associate editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly.  At Thomas Jefferson, he also teaches Internet law (he has published four books addressing the relationship of the Internet and intellectual property) and property law.

 

Yongxin Song  is a Professor of Law at Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law. He earned his LL.M. from Beijing University Department of Law and also has a degree in western languages and literature from Beijing University. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Indiana where he did research on American business law. He teaches International law, comparative business organizations, the law of the WTO, Chinese commercial law, international economic law, legal English, and an introduction to the Chinese legal system. He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities outside of China:  Griffith University School of Law in Australia, American University Washington College of Law, Marshall University at the John Deaver Drinko Academy, Capital University Law and Graduate Center, and Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. Professor Song has written several books including a Guide to the Law of International Economic Organizations, Unincorporated Business Organizations of the United States, A Concise Dictionary of International Law, and Private International Law, among others. He has also written many scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects including the international human rights obligations of multinational corporations, the application of the comparative fault principle to contracts in China, Chinese partnership law, a new type of limited liability company in the United States, some unique features of the Chinese law of corporations, and China’s new bankruptcy law and its English translation. Professor Song is an active participant in the establishment of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law joint venture in international law.

 

Hongdao Qian is a Doctor of Jurisprudence and earned a post-doctorate degree in economics. He is the first post-doctorate scholar doing research on the intersection of law and economics. He undertakes an economic analysis of law from the new point of view of Chinese characteristics, has done theoretical work on corporate law, economic law, and comparative law. Before joining Guanghua Law School of Zhejiang University as a professor of law, Professor Qian was a scholar and professor in the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, and a senior visiting scholar of Waseda University in 2001. He was also the administrative assistant editor of the Chinese Academic Yearbook, vice-chairman of the China Society of Comparative Law, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of the China Venture Capital Co., Ltd., commissioner of the Investment Decision Committee, director and vice dean of China Venture Capital Research Institute, and chairman of the Society of Commercial Law of Zhejiang Province, China.

 

Leslie Kuan-Hsi Wang is the Assistant Dean and  Professor  of Law at the Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School in Hangzhou, China and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Shizouka University Law School in Shizouka, Japan. Professor Wang has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the U.S. and the Soochow University Law School in Taipei, Taiwan and a postdoctoral researcher at the Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing, China.

 

Jun Zhao is an Associate Professor at Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University.  He currently serves as the head of Research Institute of International Law at  Zhejiang University.  He earned his J.D. at Cornell Law School, LL.M. at Harvard Law School, and LL.B. at Zhejiang University.  Before joining Guanghua Law School, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies.  He also worked as a corporate associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. and Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, where he focused his practice on mergers, acquisitions, private equity, public offerings, and private placements.  He has published widely on international economic law and comparative law in top journals.  He is a Director and Deputy Secretary-General of the Commercial Law Section, Law Society of Zhejiang Province. He also serves as a Director of International Economic Law Section, Law Society of Zhejiang Province.