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 holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear physics and a master's degree in the philosophy of science from Peking University, and he 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 classical Chinese political philosophy.  He has published many articles in some prestigious journals in these areas, and has recently published a book in Chinese by the Peking University Press, A New Mission of an Old State: the Comparative and Contemporary Relevance of Classical Confucian Political Philosophy.  The English and revised version of this book is now under review for its publication in the English-speaking world.  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.  This program 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.  Two years since its establishment, the program has proven to be the most successful program of its kind in China, with students and applicants who major in philosophy, classical studies, East Asian studies, and etc., and who have the honor of Summa Cum Laude or study at the honor programs from their colleges that include Oxford, Columbia, Toronto, Leiden and Tel Aviv.


Frank (Xin) He

Global Professor of Law

Professor He is an associate professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong and a Global Professor at NYU School of Law. He obtained his LL.B. and LL.M from Peking University and J.S.M and J.S.D. from Stanford Law School. Mr. He was also a Hauser Research Scholar at NYU School of Law from 2005-2006. He has published widely in the leading journals in the fields of law and society, and the Chinese legal system.  His previous Visiting Professorships include those at New York University School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.


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 LL.M. in Corporate Law from New York University School of Law, an LL.M. in International Economic Law from Wuhan University School of Law, a B.A. 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 U.S.-PRC petroleum contract; the first mining concession; and the first syndicated loan to China, among others.  Mr. Nee received a J.D. at Columbia University in 1973.



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 (LL.M.), Harvard (LL.M.) and Peking University (Ph.D.). 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 J.D. in 2005 and her LL.M in 2001 from New York University School of Law.