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William P. Alford

Chair, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Director of East Asian Legal Studies, Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Professor Alford is a graduate of Amherst College and holds advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, Harvard,  and Yale. His publications include To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense:  Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization, Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia, and scores of articles on China. At Harvard, his teaching has focused on Chinese law and society, international law, the legal profession, and disability in a global setting. Professor Alford is an honorary professor of Renmin University, Zhejiang University, and the National Institute of Administration of the PRC, as well as an honorary fellow of the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. He is a member of the board of directors of Special Olympics and has for years been involved through that organization with training, health, and other disability issues in China and elsewhere. He has been called upon for counsel by international organizations, governments, universities, and charitable entities in the United States and abroad.

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