Shanghai Faculty Bios

Matthew S. Erie
Global Assistant Professor of Law

Dr. Matthew Erie’s research, writings, and teaching engage law and anthropology in the study of non-Western laws, namely, Chinese law and Islamic law. A central argument underlying Matthew’s writings is that the study of Islamic law and Chinese law can shed new light on comparative law and the anthropology of law. Matthew’s teaching encourages students to rethink assumptions and attitudes toward law, constitutionalism, and multiculturalism through ethnography. Beginning in 2004, Matthew has lived and worked in China for several years. He has engaged Chinese law in various capacities, including as a law student at a Chinese law school, as a lawyer in an international law firm in Beijing, as a volunteer in a Swiss-based NGO in Beijing, and as an ethnographer. Subsequently, he worked as a real estate lawyer in New York City. In 2009, he conducted 19 months of fieldwork in northwest China on the contemporary practice of shariʿa by Chinese Muslims. He is currently writing his book China, Islam, and Shariʿa: A Pilgrimage to China’s Little Mecca, under contract with Cambridge University Press. Matthew is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University, a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS China Studies Program, and a Truman Security Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. Additionally, he is a member of the New York Bar, the American Anthropological Association, and the Law and Society Association. Through participation in professional associations, think tanks, and academic institutes, Matthew works to inform wider debates and engage broader publics through scholarship and policy discussions.

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.

Owen Nee
Global Professor of Law from Practice

Mr. Nee is a counsel in the Global Practice of Greenberg Traurig’s New York and Shanghai offices. He focuses on foreign investment transactions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and has created more than 100 joint ventures in China and established more than 150 subsidiaries for foreign investors. His career is a series of “firsts” in China, including the documentation of the first equity joint venture in China, the automotive joint venture between General Motors Corporation and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, now the largest automobile manufacturer in China; the first limited recourse project financing; the first US-PRC petroleum contract; the first mining concession; and the first syndicated loan to China, among others. Mr. Nee received a JD at Columbia University in 1973.


Wei Shen
Global Professor of Law

Professor Shen is the KoGuan Chair Professor of Law and Special Oriental Scholar Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan Law School; PhD Supervisor and Examiner; PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science), LLM (University of Cambridge), LLM (University of Michigan), LLM & LLB (East China University of Political Science and Law); Attorney-at-Law, New York. He is the Chair of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School’s International Exchange Committee. Professor Shen has been included in Marquis Who’s Who (2011 onwards). Professor Shen is an arbitrator with Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and China International Economic and Trade Commission. He is an Honorary Fellow of Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong. He has been a Guest Professor at Copenhagen Business School (Fall 2012), a Senior Research Fellow at Max-Planck Institute of International and Comparative Law (Hamburg) (Summer 2013) and a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School (2013-2014). He taught at Duke Law School’s summer program as well as in the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. Prior to teaching at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School, Professor Shen practiced in major US and UK firms in Sydney, Shanghai, Chicago and Hong Kong for a decade primarily assisting multinational clients in their China-related transactions such as foreign direct investment, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and commercial arbitration. Professor Shen is now teaching international investment law, company law, international economic law and contract law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School. Professor Shen's current research interests include international investment law, corporate governance, financial regulation, and international commercial arbitration. Professor Shen is the author of the books Rethinking the New York Convention – A Law and Economics Approach (Cambridge: Intersentia 2013) and The Anatomy of China’s Banking Sector and Regulation (Wolters Kluwer 2014). Professor Shen has already contributed to 23 books (21 in English and 2 in Chinese) and authored (or co-authored) over 90 articles in English and Chinese law journals.

Chenguang Wang
Global Professor of Law

Professor Wang is a prominent academic and Law Professor from Tsinghua University in China where he teaches Comparative Law and Legal Philosophy and a Global Professor at NYU School of Law. He is a former Dean of the School of Law. In addition, he is an arbiter of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), as well as serving as Vice-President of the China Association on Legal Theory. Professor Wang is the author of numerous publications on Chinese law and his most recent publications include a book entitled Trends in Comparative Law and an article entitled "Law-making functions of the Chinese Courts: Judicial Activism in a Country of Rapid Social Change." Dean Wang holds advanced degrees from Beijing University (LLM), Harvard (LLM) and Peking University (PhD). He visited NYU School of Law as Visiting Global Professor in 2008.


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.