Shanghai Faculty Bios

Tongdong Bai
Global Visiting 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 U.S. 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:

Xin (Frank) He
Global Professor of Law

Xin He is an assistant professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong.  He obtained his LL.B. LL.M from Peking University and J.S.M and J.S.D. from Stanford Law School and was a Hauser Research Scholar at NYU Law School.   He has published widely in the fields of law and society, and the Chinese legal system, including recently "Why Do They Not Comply with the Law? in Law & Society Review, 2005, "The Recent Decline of Economic Caseloads in China: Exploration of a Surprising Puzzle" in The China Quarterly, 2007, "Why Do Chinese Courts Not Take on the Disputes?" in International Journal of Law in Context, 2007, "Enforcing Commercial Judgments in the Pearl River Delta of China," in American Journal of Comparative Law, 2009 forthcoming, and "Routinization of Divorce Law Practice in China: Institutional Constraints' Impact on Judicial Behavior, " in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 2009 forthcoming.


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.

Audry Li
Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Ms. Li is a senior partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm, a leading law firm in China, based in its Shanghai office and co-heads the firm’s M&A practice group. She has over 20 years of rich legal practice experience which focuses substantially on foreign direct investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project restructuring as well as commercial disputes resolutions. Her clients are mainly multi-national corporations in US and Europe. Ms. Li has been consecutively recognized as the Leading Individual (Band 1) in Corporate/M&A in China by Chambers Asia from 2008 through 2013 and was described as a “spectacular practitioner” with “complete understanding of local market and excellent business sense and innovation in transactions” in Chamber Asia Guide 2009. She was recognized as a “Top Woman Lawyer of Shanghai” by Shanghai Bar Association in 2011 and ranked No. 1 among the “Top 15 Women Lawyers in China” by Asia Legal Business in 2012. Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Li had worked for 7 years at China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”) where she participated in resolving over 200 international commercial disputes. Ms. Li also sits as arbitrator at CIETAC. Ms. Li received an LLM in Corporate Law from New York University School of Law, an LLM in International Economic Law from Wuhan University School of Law, a BA in English Language and a graduate diploma in International Cultural Exchange from Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Tao Xiong
Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Ms. Xiong is a partner in Broad & Bright’s Shanghai office. Prior to joining Broad & Bright, Ms. Xiong worked for K&L Gates LLP in the United States and O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Shanghai where her practice included mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, private equity and venture capital investments. Ms. Xiong also worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and as a lecturer-in-law at Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing. She received her LL.B in 1994 and her LL.M in 1997 from Renmin University of China. She also received her JD in 2005 and her LL.M in 2001 from New York University School of Law.