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 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:


Steve Gaffney
Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Steve Gaffney is Managing Director of MGR, a joint venture between Merrill Gardens (Seattle, WA) and Related Companies (NY, NY) with a focus on being the best-in-class senior housing developer, owner, operator in China. In his position as Managing Director, Steve is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overall management of the firm, the pursuit of new business development opportunities, directing and overseeing all company projects, and debt and equity financing activities. Steve’s experience in China has involved setting up a wholly owned foreign enterprises (WOFE), negotiating and executing Sino-Foreign Joint Ventures and offshore joint ventures with Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and non-SOEs, negotiating management and consulting contracts with third party property owners, acquiring and leasing commercial property, providing development management services, negotiating and executing co-investment joint ventures with institutional investor partners. Prior to relocating to Shanghai in 2010, Steve worked in New York City with Related, one of the premiere real estate companies in the U.S. As a member of the New York Development Group, Steve worked on a variety of Related projects (luxury residential condos and rentals, office, retail, hotel, and mixed-use projects) including among others Hudson Railyards, The Caledonia, 46th & 8th Ave. Office Co-Development with Boston Properties, and One Columbus Place. Steve joined Related in 2005 and most recently served as the project manager of The Brompton, Related’s latest luxury condominium on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He earned his MBA in 2005, with Distinction, from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and holds a BA (1995) from Harvard University. Prior to earning his MBA, Steve was an investment analyst for Sigma Capital in London and S.A.C. in Connecticut.


Stephen Harder
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 Cautionand spoke in recent years at U.S. 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.


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.


Huawei Lin
Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Huawei Lin is a senior partner with Global Law Office, a first tier full service PRC law firm with over 300 lawyers in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Global Law Office is one of the very first law firms established after the reform and opening of China, and has earned broad recognition in the Chinese legal market since its founding in 1979. Mr. Lin practices in the areas of M&A, real estate, private equity, corporate, banking and structured finance in relation to the People’s Republic of China. He represents major U.S. and European investment banks, private equity funds, multinational companies and commercial banks. Mr. Lin assists clients in such sectors as real estate, TMT, manufacturing, securities, insurance, automotive, pharmaceutical, media, construction, architectural design, entertainment, hotel management, mining, foreign trade, and education. Mr. Lin serves on the mediator panel list of the China International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Center. His major publications include: Invest in China: An Introduction of the Incorporation Process in China (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing & Law Press, May 2002, English version), Set up Your Business in Mainland China (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing & Law Press, January 2002, traditional Chinese character version), Company Law: Theory, Structure and Operation (translation, Oxford Textbook Translation Series) (Beijing: Law Press, 2001, simplified Chinese version), and Legal Guide to Foreign Investment in China (Beijing: China Economic Press, 2000, English and simplified Chinese versions). In addition to the foregoing books, Mr. Lin is also a frequent contributor to a number of legal and business focused magazines. He obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from New York University in 2006 and his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Beijing University Law School in 1991. Mr. Lin was admitted to the New York Bar in 2007. He passed the bar in China in 1994. Prior to joining Global Law Office in February 2010, Mr. Lin was a partner and Vice Chair of Paul Hastings Beijing Office.


Weici Ling
Global Associate Professor of Law

Weici Ling is an associate professor of Law at ECNU School of Law in China. She is a specialist in housing law, land use regulation and positive rights. Her scholarship focuses on the legal regulation on welfare administration in China. Professor Ling’s recent articles have included analyses of delegation principles in China’s real estate regulation and the legal aspects of housing subsidies. She teaches Administrative Law and Real Estate Law for undergraduate and graduate students. She was invited to advise administrative legislature on affordable housing ordinance and real estate law. Prior to joining the faculty at ECNU, Professor Ling graduated with a doctorate in law from Zhejiang University, where she received a scholarship from the Japan Foundation to visit Tokyo University’s School of Law for one year. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the right to housing and public housing legal system in Japan.


Shitong Qiao
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 LL.B. degree from Wuhan University in 2007 and his LL.M. degrees from Peking University in 2009 and from Yale University in 2010, and his J.S.D. 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.