Donald J. Lewis

Donald Lewis is the Co-Founder of a next-gen, action-oriented think tank, the U.S.-China Trade & Innovation Center (USCTIC). He has served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Lecturer in Law, and Research Fellow at Stanford Law School. While at Stanford, Professor Lewis taught courses on Trade and Investment in China and Dispute Resolution in China. Prior to Stanford, he was an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law in Hong Kong, China, where he taught and conducted research on Chinese law, Chinese and international dispute resolution, and international trade and economic law for 23 years. Professor Lewis has served as a U.S. Fulbright Law Professor in China at the law schools of Nankai University (Tianjin) and Zhongshan University (Guangzhou), and has also taught or lectured at Peking University and Tsinghua University law schools (Beijing).

While at the HKU Faculty of Law, Professor Lewis acted as Director of Chinese law programs and as Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program. In connection with the EAIEL Program, and China’s WTO accession, Professor Lewis acted as the first Academic Coordinator of the official World Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for the governments of Asia Pacific, including the Chinese government, providing technical training to trade officials on the WTO disciplines. Professor Lewis was also Director of the Microsoft ICT Research Network (ICTRN), a public law and policy scholarly network addressing current IP/IT issues as well as related trade and competition intersections in the Asia Pacific region.

Professor Lewis has advised international law firms, investment banks, and multinational corporations on Chinese law matters, including as a Consultant with White & Case, Hong Kong. He has served as an expert Advisor and Consultant to the United Nations for Asia Pacific governments on a range of international trade and investment issues. In association with the Australian Government (AusAID), he has worked closely with the governments of Indochina (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) on trade policy and WTO-related trade and regulatory reforms.

Professor Lewis has lectured and spoken publicly around the world on contemporary Chinese law. He has been a Visiting Scholar in the East Asian Legal Studies program (EALS), Harvard Law School; Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law; and Visiting Lecturer, University of Zurich Faculty of Law in Switzerland. He has also acted as an expert witness in China- and Hong Kong-related litigation and arbitration on four continents – in the United States (2nd, 9th, 5th, and Federal Circuits), Canada, China, Australia, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

His research and writing over the past decade have focused on China’s WTO reforms and dispute settlement, US-China trade and trade facilitation/e-commerce issues, China trade and investment law, rule of law, the green and blue economies, innovation and sustainable development in China, Chinese outbound direct investment, Asian regional IP/IT issues, including software protection, e-commerce and trade facilitation, the antitrust and IP intersection in China, as well as Chinese and international dispute resolution. His books include China’s Participation in the WTO (2005); The China Investment Manual (1998); PRC Joint Ventures: Drafting and Negotiating Contracts (1997); and The Life and Death of a Joint Venture in China (1996). His articles have appeared in the Hong Kong Law Journal, Studies in Trade and Investment, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, and Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, among others. He is also the Co-Founder of the leading English language periodical on Chinese legal developments, China Law & Practice. He has been quoted in various print and online media including Caixin Online, The Street, Bloomberg, The Economist, Xinhua, Reuters, China Daily, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Asian Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and Far Eastern Economic Review.

More recently, Professor Lewis has worked closely with the San Francisco Bay Area Council and the California-China Office of Trade and Investment on Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013 Trade Mission to China and the intensification of California-China commercial relations. He has also lectured widely on Asia Pacific trade facilitation developments and U.S. Single Window deployment.

Professor Lewis obtained his A.B. cum laude in international relations from the University of Southern California (1976) where he was the George C. Moore Scholar of International Relations; his J.D. from Emory University School of Law (1980); and his LL.M. from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (1981). He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Professor Lewis reads, writes and speaks Mandarin Chinese.