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James V. Feinerman


Associate Dean for Transnational Programs; Co-Director, Georgetown Law Asia, James M. Morita Professor of Asian Legal Studies

B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale; J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Banking and Finance, Comparative and Foreign Law, International Law

Professor Feinerman joined the Law Center faculty as a visiting professor for the 1985-86 academic year. Immediately after law school he studied in the People's...

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Professor Feinerman joined the Law Center faculty as a visiting professor for the 1985-86 academic year. Immediately after law school he studied in the People's Republic of China. Subsequently, he joined the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell as a corporate associate. During 1982-83, Professor Feinerman was Fulbright Lecturer on Law at Peking University. In 1986, he was a Fulbright researcher in Japan. In 1989, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship to study China's practice of international law. During the 1992-93 academic year, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 1993-95, on leave from the Law Center, Professor Feinerman was the Director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China. Professor Feinerman served as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA's China Law Reporter from 1986-1998. Also, Professor Feinerman was the Co-editor of The Limits of the Rule of Law in China (2001), and Co-Author of China After the WTO:What You Need to Know Now(2001).

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • James V. Feinerman, The Chinese - Aren't They "Human"?, (forthcoming).   
  • James V. Feinerman, The Dian Transaction: Family, Property, and Violence in China, (forthcoming).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • James V. Feinerman, Franz Werro, David J. Gerber & Helge Dedek, In Memoriam, H. Patrick Glenn (1940-2014), 63 Am. J. Comp. L. 1-2 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
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All Scholarship 1989 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • James V. Feinerman, The Chinese - Aren't They "Human"?, (forthcoming).   
  • James V. Feinerman, The Dian Transaction: Family, Property, and Violence in China, (forthcoming).   
  • James V. Feinerman, Japanese Success, Chinese Failure: The Use of Law in Economic Development During the Nineteenth Century, (forthcoming).   
  • James V. Feinerman, Two Decades of Delinquency: Chinese Approaches to the Problem of Juvenile Delinquency, (forthcoming).   

Books

  • China After the WTO: What You Need to Know Now (James V. Feinerman & B. Thomas Peele III eds., New York: Practising Law Institute 2001).    [BOOK]
  • The Limits of the Rule of Law in China (James V. Feinerman, Karen Turner-Gottschang & R. Kent Guy eds., Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press 2000).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • James V. Feinerman, Franz Werro, David J. Gerber & Helge Dedek, In Memoriam, H. Patrick Glenn (1940-2014), 63 Am. J. Comp. L. 1-2 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • James V. Feinerman, Robert L. Oakley: In Memoriam, 100 Law Libr. J. 223-225 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • James V. Feinerman et al., China, 42 Int'l Law. 945-974 (2008).    [HEIN] [W]
  • James V. Feinerman, New Hope for Corporate Governance in China?, 2007 China Q. 590-619.    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • James V. Feinerman, Odious Debt, Old and New: The Legal Intellectual History of an Idea, 70 Law & Contemp. Probs. 193-220 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • James V. Feinerman, Eulogy, In Memoriam: September 11, 2001, 33 Law & Pol'y Int'l Bus. 1-2 (2001).    [HEIN]
  • James V. Feinerman & John H. Jackson, China's WTO Accession Survey of Materials, 4 J. Int'l Econ. L. 329-335 (2001).    [HEIN]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • James V. Feinerman, Sovereignty, Old and New: Another Look at Taiwan's International Legal Status, in Membership for Taiwan in the United Nations: Achieving Justice and Universality 91-108 (Lung-chu Chen ed., New York: New Century Institute Press 2007).   
  • James V. Feinerman, The U.S.-Korean Status of Forces Agreement as a Source of Continuing Korean Anti-American Attitudes, in Korean Attitudes Toward the United States: Changing Dynamics 196-212 (David I. Steinberg ed., Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe 2005).   
  • James V. Feinerman, The Rule of Law Imposed from Outside: China’s Foreign-Oriented Legal Regime Since 1978, in The Limits of the Rule of Law in China 304-324 (James V. Feinerman, Karen Turner-Gottschang & R. Kent Guy eds., Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press 2000).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • China's Information Control Practices and the Implications for the United States: Hearing Before the U.S.-China Econ. & Sec. Review Comm'n, 111th Cong., June 30, 2010 (Statement of James V. Feinerman) (CIS-No.: 2011-J891-68).    [WWW]
  • UN Human Rights Council's Review of China's Record: Process and Challenges: Hearing Before the Cong.-Exec. Comm'n on China, 111th Cong., Jan. 16, 2009 (Statement of James V. Feinerman) (CIS-No.: 2009-J891-7).   
  • Democracy in Hong Kong: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on East Asian & Pacific Aff. of the S. Comm. on Foreign Relations, 108th Cong., Mar. 4, 2004 (Statement of James V. Feinerman) (CIS-No.: 2004-S381-40).    [Gtown Law]
  • The Rule of Law in China: Lawyers Without Law?: Hearing Before the Cong.-Exec. Comm'n on China, 108th Cong., Apr. 1, 2003 (Statement of James V. Feinerman) (CIS-No.: 2003-J891-19).    [Gtown Law]
  • Human Rights in China in the Context of the Rule of Law: Hearing Before the Cong.-Exec. Comm'n on China, 107th Cong., Feb. 7, 2002 (Statement of James V. Feinerman) (CIS-No.: 2002-J891-9).    [Gtown Law]
  • Human Rights and Multilateral Aid to China and Somalia: Hearing Before the H. Subcomm. on Int'l Dev., Fin., Trade & Monetary Policy of the H. Comm. on Banking, Fin. & Urban Aff., 101st Cong., June 20, 1989 (Statement of James V. Feinerman) (CIS-No.: 89-H241-50).   
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In the News

"Penalty expected against bank on account disclosures," coverage by China Daily, November 27, 2015, quoting Professor James Feinerman.

"US judge holds Bank of China in contempt in counterfeit luxury goods case," coverage by CNBC, November 24, 2015, quoting Professor James Feinerman.

"UPDATE 2-U.S. judge holds Bank of China in contempt for withholding records," coverage by Reuters, November 24, 2015, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

"China's Embattled Lawyers," coverage by BBC World Service "Newshour Extra," August 14, 2015, interviewing Professor James Feinerman

"On the Move in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Genomatica, Genera Energy," coverage in Biofuels Digest, July 29, 2015, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

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"Penalty expected against bank on account disclosures," coverage by China Daily, November 27, 2015, quoting Professor James Feinerman.

"US judge holds Bank of China in contempt in counterfeit luxury goods case," coverage by CNBC, November 24, 2015, quoting Professor James Feinerman.

"UPDATE 2-U.S. judge holds Bank of China in contempt for withholding records," coverage by Reuters, November 24, 2015, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

"China's Embattled Lawyers," coverage by BBC World Service "Newshour Extra," August 14, 2015, interviewing Professor James Feinerman

"On the Move in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Genomatica, Genera Energy," coverage in Biofuels Digest, July 29, 2015, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

"Russia could lose sovereign immunity if implicated in Flight 17 downing," coverage in The Washington Times, July 20, 2014, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

"China Corruption Case Against Zhou Yongkang Exposes Scale of Graft," coverage on Voice of America, April 7, 2014, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

“Changing legal culture, involvement of foreign companies may make lawsuits more likely in China after disappearance of Flight 370,” coverage by Inside Counsel, featuring Professor James Feinerman, April  4, 2014.

 Voice of America China reported on U.S. law school enrollment, January 17, 2014, featuring Georgetown Law Dean William M. TreanorDean of Admissions Andrew CornblattAssociate Dean for Transnational Programs James V. Feinerman, and students Jonis Belu-John, L'14 and Davia Craumer, L'14.

"Bo Xilai Saga Nears the End Game," coverage on CNN.com, September 28, 2012, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

"Bo Xilai's Wife Admits to Murder," coverage in Chosun Ilbo (Korea), August 14, 2012, featuring Professor James Feinerman.

"Trial to Spotlight Bo's Chongqing Security Chiefs," coverage by Voice of America, August 9, 2012, featuring Professor James Feinerman

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