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, mergers and acquisitions, as well as technology licensing, engineering and construction projects, distribution and retailing operations, and the protection of intellectual property rights in China. Ms. Barale started her career in Hong Kong with Coudert Brothers, then moved to their Beijing office in 1993, where she worked through July 1989. She then spent the next four years in the firms 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, traveling 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. Ms. Barale has advised on a wide variety of China projects ranging from cars and chemical plants to pharmaceuticals and franchising. She has also advised multinational corporations on the restructuring of joint ventures and the expansion of operations in China.
Carol Benedict (B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz 1980; M.A. Stanford University 1985; Ph.D. Stanford 1992) is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chair in the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of History, Georgetown University. She teaches courses on the Republic of China (Taiwan), modern China, and global history. Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century China with a particular focus on the social history of medicine and disease, women and gender history, and the history of Chinese consumer culture. Benedict’s publications include Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford, 1996) and Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 (University of California 2011). Golden-Silk Smoke was awarded the American Historical Association’s 2011 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History. The book was also a finalist (one of two) for the 2013 Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies book prize.
Professor Benedict served as Chair of the Georgetown Department of History from 2012 to 2016. In 2013, she received the Georgetown University Distinguished Achievement in Research Award and in 2005, she was a recipient of the Georgetown College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Dinh successfully argued Nevada v. Hibbs, before the Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. government. Dinh also served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003. During his time at the Department of Justice, Dinh played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism—namely, the USA Patriot Act. Dinh also represented the Department of Justice in selecting and confirming federal judges, contributing to the appointment of 100 district judges and 23 appellate judges during his tenure.
Professor Dinh is also the Founding Partner of Bancroft PLLC and serves on the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, Revlon, Inc., and LPL Financial Holdings, Inc.
Dinh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics. He clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
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).