Law Asia Faculty


Viet D. Dinh, Professor of Law, serves as Director of ALPS. Before joining the faculty, he was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and U.S. Court of appeals Judge Laurence H. Silberman. He was a consultant to the Agency for International Development to assist the government of Vietnam to redraft its Company Law. Professor Dinh also served as Associate Special Counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee and as Special Counsel to Senator Pete V. Domenici for the Impeachment Trial of the President. He has written on, among other subjects, the rule of law, law and development, and Vietnamese law.



James V. Feinerman, the James M. Morita Professor of Asian Legal Studies, is an internationally-recognized scholar in Asian law and serves as Deputy Director of the Asian Law and Policy Studies program. Professor Feinerman was an exchange student and legal scholar in the People’s Republic of China in 1979 -80 and later was a Fulbright Lecturer on Law at Peking University; subsequently he joined the New York firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell. In 1986 he was a Fulbright researcher in Japan.  In 1989 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship to prepare a study of China’s practice of international law. In 1992-93, Professor Feinerman became a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served as Director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China from 1993-1995 and as editor-in-chief of the ABA’s China Law Reporter from 1986-1998. Back

Executive Director:

Susan Roosevelt-Weld,

Prof. Susan Weld

A.B., J.D Harvard, Ph.D. Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.  Weld was General Counsel of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China from 2002 to 2005.  While at the CECC she traveled in China to observe developments in several areas related to law reform, bilateral cooperation and human rights, including women’s rights, HIV/AIDS in Xinjiang Province, rural land law, criminal legal defense, and regulation of domestic NGOs.  Weld has practiced law in New York and Boston and taught Chinese History and Thought in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Comparative Law at Northeastern University School of Law, and Chinese and Japanese Law at Boston College Law School. She most recently taught Chinese Law at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Weld was a U.S delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and a co-founder of MassAction for Women in Massachusetts. Weld has most recently spoken on “Law and Rights in China” at Dartmouth College, “Corruption in China: Past and Present,” at the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, and “The Congressional-Executive Commission on China,” at the University of Michigan Law School and Harvard Law School and moderated a panel on Religion and the Future of China at the Council on Foreign Relations. At Georgetown, she has co-taught the Chinese Law Seminar with Professor Feinerman.  Back

Founding Board of Advisors of ALPS:

  • Jiro Murase, Chairman, Senior Partner, Marks & Murase
  • Michael Gadbaw, Vice President, Law and International of General Electric Corporation
  • Carl Green, Deputy Director, Hitachi Inc.
  • Robert Herzstein, Shearman & Sterling (former Undersecretary of Commerce)
  • Paul Hsu, Senior Partner, Lee and Li
  • Dr. Kim Kihwan, Senior Advisor, Kim & Chang
  • Professor Mitsuo Matsushita, Tokyo University
  • Professor Song Sang-hyun, Seoul University
  • S. Linn Williams, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (former deputy USTR)
  • Makoto Utsumi, Former Vice-Minister of Finance of Japan. Back



The contacts of the Law Center’s distinguished faculty with foreign scholars, economists, attorneys, business people, and public officials in the international marketplace are extensive. Apart from the two co-directors, several other professors concentrate or specialize in Asian Studies and make themselves available to advise talented students. The Law Center is also fortunate to have several professors, world-famous in their fields, who have had the opportunity to lecture in China, Japan, Mongolia and elsewhere in Asia, as well as visiting professors from Asia who offer their valuable perspectives on the US law and world view.

Lucille Barale

Professor Barale is a specialist in the legal aspects of doing business in China. In practice for more than 25 years, she has advised foreign companies on direct investments and M&A, as well as technology licensing, engineering and construction projects, distribution and retailing operations, and the protection of IP rights in China. Ms. Barale started her career in Hong Kong with Coudert Brothers, then moved to their Beijing office, where she worked through July 1989. She then spent the next four years in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, working with US-based clients on their China projects. In 1993, she joined the Frankfurt office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she advised European companies on their China projects through the firm’s London, Paris and Frankfurt offices. In 1996, she moved back to Hong Kong as a partner in the firm, travelling frequently to the Beijing and Shanghai offices. She retired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the end of 2006. During her years in China, Ms. Barale took an active role in the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China, especially in promoting its recognition by the PRC government. In 1989, she was elected President of AmCham China. In Hong Kong, Ms. Barale continued to be active in the American Chamber of Commerce, first as chair of the China Business Committee, then as a member of the board of governors. In 2004, she was elected as Chair to lead the American Chamber in Hong Kong. In 2005, Ms. Barale chaired the AmCham Charitable Foundation.

Carl Goodman, Adjunct Professor of Law. Professor Goodman is a retired partner in the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and had previously been a partner in the firm of Surrey & Morse. He began his legal career in the U.S. Department of Justice and was a special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. He then served in the Civil Division’s Office of Alien Property litigating Trading with the Enemy Act cases, then to the U.S. Department of State where he served as the U.S. government’s agent before the International Lake Ontario Claims Tribunal. Professor Goodman also served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and then as General Counsel of the Civil Service Commission. Following his government service, he rejoined Surrey & Morse in their New York City office, where he developed a Japan-related practice and became a partner in Jones Day when Surrey & Morse and Jones Day merged in 1986. Retiring from Jones Day in 1991, Professor Goodman became a professor of Anglo-American law at the Hiroshima University in Japan. Since returning to the U.S. in 1995, he has been a consultant to Japanese companies and their American subsidiaries.

Mari J. Matsuda, Professor of Law. Professor Matsuda, a native of Hawaii, has previously worked at a Honolulu law firm and taught at the University of Hawaii School of Law. She also taught at the University of Hiroshima and served as a judicial training instructor in tort law for Micronesian judges. Among other courses, she teaches courses and seminars related to Asian-American legal issues.


Paul T. Saulski
Adjunct Professor of Law; Senior Counsel, Office of International Affairs, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
B.A., Eastern Michigan University; M.A. (East Asian Studies), J.D., Washington University
Professor Saulski is a Senior Counsel in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where his duties include advising and assisting the Commission and staff in the areas of cross-border enforcement and investigations and international regulatory policy, particularly in relation to East Asia, and providing technical assistance/training programs for emerging market regulators. Professor Saulski began his legal career as an Associate in the Tokyo office of White & Case where he specialized in cross-border securities transactions and M&A, and advised on the establishment of hedge funds. Professor Saulski’s graduate studies focused on the development of China and Japan’s financial markets. He studied and conducted research as an academic fellow at Beijing University in Mainland China, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan, and Tsukuba University in Japan. Professor Saulski’s current research focuses on China’s capital market reform and development. He has given lectures on China’s financial markets at numerous schools including University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, American University and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In addition, Professor Saulski has provided training for emerging market regulators and lectured on topics such as securities market supervision, corporate governance and financial disclosure, and securities fraud investigations.

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