Program Co-Directors

Dr. ZHANG Shouwen, LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D., Professor of Law and Dean, Peking University Law School. He received his LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. from Peking University Law School. Dean Zhang specializes in Economic Law, Fiscal and Taxation Law, Social Law, and Information Law and directs the largest law school in China.

Associate Dean Jeffrey E. Thomas will serve as the Academic Director in Summer 2018.  He is the Associate Dean for International Affairs and the Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law.  He received his B.A. magna cum laude at Loyola Marymount University and his J.D. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) where he was an Executive Editor on the California Law Review and an Associate Editor for the Industrial Relations Law Journal.  He joined the UMKC Law Faculty in 1993.  His research focuses on insurance law and on the intersection between law and culture.  Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dean Thomas has developed expertise on terrorism and insurance, and has published a number of recent articles on that topic in the U.S., Asia, and Russia.  Before joining the faculty, he spent five years practicing law at Irell and Manella in California, where he worked on civil litigation and insurance coverage matters.  Prior to practicing law, he was a law clerk to the Honorable M. Joseph Blumenfeld of the Federal District Court in Hartford, Connecticut.  He has taught Alternative Compensation Systems (Advanced Torts), Appellate Advocacy, Civil Procedure, Economics and the Law, Environmental and Toxic Torts, Federal Jurisdiction, and Insurance Law.  He is currently working with the law school’s LL.M. program for international students and in that program teaches the courses Introduction to Law and Lawyering, Introduction to American Law and Legal Culture, and Introduction to American Legal Skills.  Dean Thomas was also a Fulbright Lecturer at Nankai University Department of Law in Tianjin, China and at Immanuel Kant State University in Kaliningrad, Russia.  His wide-ranging legal writing encompasses numerous journal articles, books and treatises, chapters and supplements, continuing legal education materials, and other publications, and has lectured extensively both domestically and internationally.


Associate Director

Dr. LOU Jianbo is the co-author (with Professor Randolph) of Chinese Real Estate Law (published by Kluwer Law International) and the co-founder and co-director (with Professor Randolph) of the Center for Real Estate Law at Peking University. Dr. Lou received his LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Peking University, and his Ph.D. from the University of London. He was the former Director of Chinese Legal Studies and a Lecturer in Chinese Commercial Law at Cambridge University in England, and was also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary College, the University of London; a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore, and a Visiting Lecturer at Tsinghua University, the Chinese University of Politics and Legal Science, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Dr. Lou is currently an Associate Professor at the Center for Real Estate Law and a Research Fellow at the Financial Law Center at Peking University Law School, and a senior attorney at the law firm of Lehman, Xu & Lee in Beijing.



In addition to the Academic Directors, the faculty is expected to include many of the following scholars from Peking University School of Law and the Department of Foreign Affairs:

  • Dr. CHEN Ruoying
  • Dr. FAN Shiming
  • Dr. GAO Wei
  • Dr. HE Jian
  • Professor GONG Wenxiang
  • Dr. GUO Li
  • Dr. HAO Qian
  • Dr. JIANG Su
  • Dr. LIU Yan
  • Dr. LIU Yinliang
  • Dr. TANG Yingmao
  • Professor WANG Shizhou
  • Dr. WU Zhipan, Dean Emeritus and Deputy President 
  • Dr. YAN Tian