Shanghai Faculty Bios

Tongdong Bai
Global Professor of Law

Dr. Tongdong Bai is a full professor and the Dongfang Chair Professor at the School of Philosophy at Fudan University in China. He held a bachelor degree in nuclear physics and a master degree in the philosophy of science from Peking University, and obtained his doctoral degree in philosophy from Boston University. He was a tenured associate professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati before he moved to Fudan. He was the first and so far the only tenured philosophy teacher from the who has returned to China as a full-time faculty member. His research interests include Chinese philosophy and political philosophy, especially the comparative and contemporary relevance of traditional Chinese political philosophy. He has published many articles in some prestigious journals in these areas, and has a book out in Chinese by the Peking University Press, A New Mission of an Old State: the Comparative and Contemporary Relevance of Classical Confucian Political Philosophy. He has worked on the English and revised version of this book, Confucianism to Save the World: the Contemporary Relevance of “Classical” Confucian Political Philosophy. He has also published a book in English, an introduction to traditional Chinese political philosophy that is presented from a comparative perspective, showing its contemporary relevance (China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom, Zed Books). At Fudan, he launched an MA, Visiting Student, and Auditing program in Chinese philosophy with courses taught in English that is intended to promote the studies of Chinese philosophy in the world, and is targeted at students who wish to learn Chinese philosophy, but whose Chinese is not good enough yet for them to do so in Chinese. Four years since its establishment, the program has proven to be the most successful program of its kind in China. He delivers lectures, in Chinese and English, in different venues, and is also involved in other social activities and organizations, all of which aim to promote new political norms that are informed and inspired by traditional Chinese philosophy and comparative political philosophy. Dr. Bai can be reached at:


Stephen Harder
Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Stephen Harder is an international lawyer, currently based in Shanghai. He has been a partner at Clifford Chance LLP, a leading global law firm with headquarters in London since 1995, and he has been the managing partner of the firm's mainland China practice since 2002. Harder's recent practice focused on cross border transactions relating to China, including financings in Africa, South America, and Russia. During his career, Harder has been based in New York, Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. When based in Europe in the early 1990s, he was a legal counsel for the Russian and Polish mass privatization program, as well as counsel to the Polish government in its "London Club" sovereign debt negotiations. Harder wrote in the International Financial Law Review on "China's Sovereign Wealth Fund: The Need for Caution" and spoke in recent years at US law and business schools on "China in the Balance: Needed Reforms, Vested Interests and the Choices Facing China's Leaders." He also published in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences on "Political Finance in the Liberal Republic." He is a native of Boston and a resident of Rockport, Maine.


Brenda Horrigan
Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Ms. Horrigan is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills' Shanghai office. Her practice covers international arbitration with a particular focus on disputes involving emerging markets. Ms. Horrigan has been actively involved in a range of complex international arbitration matters at both the arbitration and enforcement stages, particularly in connection with disputes arising in connection with investments in countries of the Former Soviet Union, Central/Eastern Europe and Asia. She has acted as counsel in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules, including the ICC, SCC, CIETAC, ICAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL, and also sits as arbitrator. She has a background as a transactional lawyer and has advised on cross-border debt and equity financings, strategic investment transactions, corporate restructurings and related transactional matters in emerging markets. In addition to her work as counsel, Ms. Horrigan has spoken at many conferences and seminars both on arbitration and on challenges of investments in emerging markets. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Ms. Horrigan was the co-head of the international arbitration department of an international law firm. She has experience working in its Paris, Moscow and Shanghai offices and is fluent in English, French and Russian.


Shitong Qiao
Global Assistant Professor of Law

Shitong Qiao is assistant professor of law at the University of Hong Kong. Before joining HKU in 2014, he taught at New York University School of Law as a research fellow and Peking University School of Transnational Law as a visiting faculty member. Shitong Qiao received his LLB degree from Wuhan University in 2007 and his LLM degrees from Peking University in 2009 and from Yale University in 2010, and his JSD. from Yale University in 2015. Shitong Qiao passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is a member of the New York State Bar. He has provided expert opinions on the Chinese land regime to government agencies both inside and outside of China, including the Shenzhen city government and the Ontario Securities Commission. Dr. Qiao's current research focuses on property and social norms, with broad academic interests in law and development (in particular urbanization), law and economics, and law and globalization. In his research and teaching, he endeavors to integrate law and social sciences theories with on-the-ground observation of and participation in law and development in China. His dissertation won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Prize (awarded annually to the best student paper written in law and economics at Yale Law School). His publications appear or are forthcoming in Iowa Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, China Reform (中国改革), and many other top English and Chinese journals.