Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Barshefsky, Hadley and Sullivan Named Fellows at Paul Tsai China Center

Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center has announced that three distinguished foreign policy leaders have joined its ranks as Non-Resident Senior Fellows: Charlene Barshefsky, Stephen Hadley ’72, and Jake Sullivan ’03. All three are lawyers of distinction with deep knowledge of China who have contributed significantly to the evolution of U.S.-China relations.

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is Senior International Partner at the WilmerHale law firm in Washington, D.C., and has been a participant in the Tsai Center’s activities for many years. She was the U.S. Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China’s historic WTO agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace.

Stephen Hadley, a Yale Law School graduate from the Class of 1972, is a principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC, an international strategic consulting firm, and has been a participant in the Center’s activities for many years. He is one of the leading foreign policy experts in the United States, and from 2005 to 2009, he served as National Security Advisor, the principal White House foreign policy advisor to the president. From 2001 to 2005, Hadley served as the Deputy National Security Advisor, and before that alternated between government service and law practice for most of his career.

Jake Sullivan is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Martin R. Flug Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he co-teaches with Center Director Paul Gewirtz. Since graduating from Yale Law School in 2003, Sullivan has become one of the leading foreign policy experts in the United States, and served in the Obama administration as National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was the senior policy adviser on Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The three Non-Resident Senior Fellows will participate in Center activities on U.S.-China relations, provide advice to the Center in carrying out its work, make presentations at Yale Law School several times a year, and meet with Law School students to provide advice on their research and careers. 

“These three new Fellows will bring extraordinary knowledge, experience and wisdom to the Center’s work,” said the Center’s founder and Director, Professor Paul Gewirtz. “We are thrilled that they will be joining us.”