Board of Advisors
Steven G. Calabresi is a Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches Comparative Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Jurisdiction. He is a graduate of Yale University, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Notes and Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs. In 1990, Mr. Calabresi acted as an official observer at the Budapest Conference on Democracy and Constitution-Making in Eastern Europe. In 1991 he participated in the Moscow Conference on the Environment, the Economy, and Federalism, sponsored by the Russian Republic and the Center for Democracy. He is also the National Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.
Alfred S. Farha practices law in Zurich. He was formerly Director of Dow Chemical Europe, where he was responsible for establishing company policy on legislative and regulatory matters within the European Union, with special emphasis on the environmental, commercial, and financial issues leading to the 1992 unification of Europe. Mr. Farha was also previously General Manager of Dow Chemical Middle East. He holds an A.B. in International Relations and a J.D. from University of Kansas.
David A. Livdahl is the Managing Partner and the Chief Representative of the Paul Hastings Beijing office. He has advised a wide range of European, North American and Japanese companies on structuring investments in China, and has provided advice on operational issues and exit strategies. He won the International Law Office’s (ILO) prestigious Client Choice Award 2011 for “China Corporate Lawyer of the Year.” He was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1995. In 2000, he was appointed to serve on the official arbitrator panel of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and has acted as an arbitrator at CIETAC, the HKIAC, and in a number of ICC arbitrations as well. In 2009, he was listed as a member of the CPR’s International Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. He is the author of "International Arbitration in Japan," and has published numerous articles on investing in China. Mr. Livdahl received his B.A. cum laude from Macalester College, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He studied at the Stanford Language Center in Taiwan and studied in Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship. He was admitted to practice in Japan as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi.
Mitsuo Matsushita is a Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University and Professor of Law at Seikei University. He also serves as an advisor to Nagashima Ohno and Tsunematsu, a leading international law firm in Tokyo. He has been a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Michigan Law School, and College of Europe. He was an original member of the WTO Appellate Body (1995–2000). Professor Matsushita received his B.A. from St. Paul’s University, his Ph.D. from Tulane University and his D. Jur. from the University of Tokyo.
Kenneth Rosh is a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York, where he represents international and domestic clients in a broad range of corporate and securities transactions, with a focus on private equity fund formation counseling, securities and capital markets, and general corporate matters. Mr. Rosh received his B.A. from Tufts University and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Banking Law.
David S. Ruder is the William W. Gurley Memorial Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern University School of Law, where he has taught since 1961. He served as Dean of the School from 1977 to 1985. He was Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 1987 to 1989. He has served as a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, the Financial Accounting Foundation, and the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers. He received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.
Carole Silver is Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement. She earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was Articles Editor of the Indiana Law Journal, and served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Jesse E. Eschbach of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Silver earlier taught at Northwestern University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center, and served as the Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession. She has taught courses on international securities regulation and comparative corporate governance, globalization and the legal profession, business associations and courses on the legal profession, among others. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission.
David N. Smith is the former Vice-Dean at Harvard Law School where he taught for over twenty five years in the areas of foreign investment, transnational companies, and natural resource policy. He is a Practice Professor of Law at Singapore Management University. For thirty years Professor Smith has served as an advisor to many countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East on foreign investment and related policies. He is the co-author of Negotiating Third World Mineral Agreements and co-editor of two books on China and the World Trade Organization. Professor Smith served as Acting Dean of the School of Law (1998–2001) and School of Creative Media (2001–2003) at City University of Hong Kong, where he taught courses on law and creative media. He later served as Vice-Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Law of Macau University of Science and Technology. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
D. Daniel Sokol is a Professor of Law at University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is a series editor for Global Competition Law and Economics by Stanford University Press. He serves as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, and has presented to the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and International Competition Network. Professor Sokol received his B.A. from Amherst College, MSt. from Oxford and J.D. from the University of Chicago. He also holds a LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin.