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.
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.