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Professor James Feinerman Named Associate Dean for Transnational Programs

July 9, 2013 —

Professor James Feinerman Professor James Feinerman

Georgetown Law Professor James Feinerman has been named associate dean for Transnational Programs at the Law Center, beginning July 1. He replaces Professor John Mikhail, who returns to the faculty.

“Georgetown Law is a leader in global education, and we are fortunate to have someone of Jim’s great eminence as a scholar and his deep administrative experience heading up our transnational programs,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor.

Feinerman, the James M. Morita Professor of Asian Legal Studies, previously served as associate dean for International and Graduate Programs. He is an internationally recognized scholar in Asian law and teaches seminars on Chinese Law and Asian Law and Policy Studies in addition to courses in corporations and contracts. Feinerman is also the co-director of the “Law Asia” program. He joined the Law Center faculty in 1985.

Feinerman was an exchange student and legal scholar in the People's Republic of China in 1979-1980 and later a Fulbright Lecturer on Law at Peking University in Beijing. He subsequently joined the New York firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell and was also a Fulbright researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. In 1989 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship to prepare a study of China's practice of international law. In 1992-1993, Feinerman became a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 

From 1993-1995, on leave from the Law Center, he served at the National Academy of Sciences as director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China and was also editor-in-chief of the ABA's China Law Reporter from 1986-1998. In 2006, he lectured on corporate governance at Tsinghua University’s law school as a Fulbright Distinguished Senior Lecturer on Law.

He is 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).

Feinerman is a graduate of Harvard Law School and also holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies, a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature, and an M.A., all from Yale.

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