Stephen Harder

Stephen Harder
Professor of Practice in Law

Stephen Harder is a Professor of Practice in Law at NYU Shanghai. Harder practiced law for 30 years, with the the London headquartered global law firm of Clifford Chance, and with the New York headquartered global law firm of White & Case.  From 1995-2016, he was based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and advised on cross border financings between China and Africa, South America and Europe, as well as cross border investments into China by European, Japanese and US corporations.  From 1986-1995, while based in New York, Brussels and Warsaw, he was legal counsel in the Polish and Russian privatisations programs, and represented the first post-Communist government of Poland in its London Club debt negotiations and its premier sovereign bond offering.  He is a native of Boston and a resident of Rockport, Maine.

Select Publications

  • "China's Sovereign Wealth Fund: The Need for Caution," International Financial Law Review (2007)
  • "Acquiring a Business in China," China Law and Practice (1998)
  • "Political Finance in the Liberal Republic: Representation, Equality and Deregulation," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (1986)



  • MBA, Bronfman Fellow
    Columbia Graduate School of Business
  • JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    Columbia Law School
  • BA, Chinese Studies
    Princeton University

Courses Taught

  • Law and Society in the U.S.
  • International Law and Institutions
  • Comparative Constitutions
  • International Investment in Developing Countries: China and Africa