Alonzo Emery is the Associate Director of East Asian Legal Studies and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Drawing on nearly a decade of experience living and working in Asia, he teaches and designs programs linking Harvard Law School to institutions and individuals in East Asia. Beginning in 2013, Professor Emery worked with HLS Professor William Alford to create and teach the upper-level course entitled Engaging China. Through the course’s weekly video conferences, Harvard students in Cambridge connect with students in Beijing to explore some of the most complex issues attending the U.S.-China relationship.

From 2013 to 2016, Professor Emery served as a Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program where he managed clinical teams working on a variety of dispute systems design, consensus building, mediation, and facilitation projects. During this time he taught the clinic’s requisite seminar and also taught in Harvard Law School’s flagship Negotiation Workshop. Before coming to HLS, Professor Emery was an Assistant Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing, where he managed an array of academic programs and taught courses on negotiation as well as international and U.S. law.

Through his clinical and consulting practice, Professor Emery has worked with hundreds of corporate executives, civil society leaders, government officials, jurists and educators from around the world in developing negotiation and conflict management strategies. He has led projects and workshops for Hewlett Packard, the Asian Development Bank, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and JSW Law School in the Kingdom of Bhutan, amongst many others. As a fellow at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Professor Emery collaborates with colleagues and institutional partners on programs to advance full participation, accessibility and inclusion for all.

Alonzo Emery received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and his B.A. from Yale University, cum laude. He has also studied at Peking University, Tsinghua University, Taiwan University and the University of Cape Town. After working for more than a decade to promote transnational dialogue and foster academic inquiry related to China, Professor Emery joined the Yale-China Association’s Board of Trustees in 2017. In 2014, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations selected Professor Emery to join its Public Intellectuals Program.

Areas of Interest
Negotiation and Conflict Management
U.S.-China Relations
Cultural Heritage Law
International Disability Law
Legal Profession and Education