Special Section: Asian Journeys

Engaging China

Not every Harvard-trained expert on Chinese law is a Chinese national

Government, diplomacy, policy and NGOs

Charles W. Freeman Jr. ’75 was President Nixon’s interpreter on his historic 1972 trip to China. Freeman later served as director for Chinese affairs at the U.S. Department of State, deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and assistant secretary of defense.

Irene Khan LL.M. ’79 is secretary general at Amnesty International.

Natalie G. Lichtenstein ’78 has been assistant general counsel of the World Bank, where she has focused on China and Asia generally.

Mina Titi Liu ’97 is the program officer for law and human rights with the Ford Foundation in Beijing.

Stephen A. Orlins ’76 is president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Previously, he was managing director of Carlyle Asia and president of Lehman Brothers Asia. Before that, he was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s legal team for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, in which role he helped establish diplomatic relations with the PRC.

Clark T. Randt Jr. ’73-’74 (received his J.D. from Michigan but was a special student at HLS for one year) is U.S. ambassador to China.

Timothy P. Stratford ’81 is assistant U.S. trade representative for China Affairs and is responsible for U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia.

Robert B. Zoellick ’81 is deputy U.S. secretary of state and a prime architect of current U.S.-China policy.

Finance and business

Paul M. Theil ’81 is an investment banker with Morgan Stanley Hong Kong.

Olin L. Wethington ’77 is chairman of American International Group (AIG) Cos. in China. He was special envoy on China for the secretary of the treasury in 2005 and also served as assistant secretary of the treasury for international affairs.


Donald C. Clarke ’86 (’87), of George Washington University Law School, focuses on the Chinese legal system.

Jacques L. deLisle ’90, of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is a specialist in contemporary Chinese law.

James V. Feinerman ’79, formerly associate dean for international and graduate programs at Georgetown University Law Center, won a 2005 Fulbright Distinguished Senior Lectureship Award for work in China during the spring 2006 semester.

Jonathan Hecht ’88 and Jamie Horsley ’78 are deputy directors of Yale Law School’s China Law Center.

Benjamin L. Liebman ’98 is director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School.

Annelise Riles ’93 is director of Cornell Law School’s Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture.

Frank K. Upham ’73 (’74) teaches Chinese and Japanese law at New York University School of Law.

Susan Roosevelt Weld ’74, former general counsel of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, teaches Chinese law at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Law firms

Douglas Markel ’90 is the managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China practice in Beijing.

Michael J. Moser ’80, a partner at the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers, built one of the largest private practices in Chinese law and has lived in Hong Kong and Beijing for more than 20 years.

Lester Ross ’90 is the partner-in-charge in the Beijing office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Preston Torbert ’74 and Zhao Jia ’83 are partners at Baker & McKenzie based in Chicago. Both have extensive experience working with clients investing in China.

Ko-Yung Tung ’73, a former vice president and general counsel at the World Bank, is at Morrison & Foerster in New York City.

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