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 Associate Professor of Law
Dr. Shitong Qiao is assistant professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches comparative property law, law of cities, law and development and Chinese law, and won the Faculty Research Award. Dr. Qiao holds degrees from Wuhan University (LL.B.), Peking University (LL.M.), and Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.). His doctoral dissertation, “Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution of Law and Social Norms,” won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Prize (awarded annually to the best student paper written in law and economics at Yale Law School), and will be published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Qiao’s current research focuses on property, social norms, and local government law, and is supported by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Hong Kong Research Grant Council. His publications appear in Iowa Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, among others. Dr. 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.