Donald Lewis is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics, Law and International Business, University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management. In 2017, Professor Lewis taught perhaps the first MBA course in the U.S. on China's Belt and Road (OBOR) Initiative: China's Belt and Road Initiative, Regional Economic Integration, and International Trade Regulation for U.S. Business. Professor Lewis is also an Expert and Member of the Public International Law Advisory Group (PILAG) based in Paris, France. He will be a Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) School of Law in Beijing in fall 2017.
Mr. Lewis previously served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Lecturer in Law, and Research Fellow at Stanford Law School where he taught courses on Chinese trade and investment law and Chinese dispute resolution. Prior to Stanford, he was an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law in Hong Kong, China, 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 the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Programme and was 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. Professor Lewis also acted as Director of the Microsoft ICT Research Network (ICTRN), a public law and policy scholarly network for the Asia Pacific region. He was previously a Consultant with White & Case, Hong Kong; an Advisor and Consultant to UNESCAP on international trade and investment issues, including trade facilitation; and in association with the Australian Government (AusAID), served as Trainer and Mentor for the governments of Indochina 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 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 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 the Co-Founder of the leading English language periodical on Chinese legal developments, China Law & Practice, and the China Law section of the Hong Kong Law Journal.
Professor Lewis obtained his A.B. cum laude in international relations from the University of Southern California (1976); 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.