Associate Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program
Lecturer on Law
Fall Term 2018 and Winter Term 2019
Alonzo Emery is the Associate Director of East Asian Legal Studies and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Drawing on nearly a decade of experience living and working in China, he teaches courses and designs programs that link Harvard Law School to East Asia. Beginning in 2013, Alonzo worked with Professor William Alford to create and teach the upper-level course now entitled Engaging China. Through the course’s weekly video conferences, Harvard students in Cambridge connect with students in Beijing to explore some of the most complex issues attending the U.S.-China relationship. After teaching in Harvard Law School’s flagship Negotiation Workshop for several years, Alonzo recently worked with colleagues to design and teach the inaugural winter term Negotiation Workshop for first year students. As a current fellow at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Alonzo also works on domestic and international projects aimed at advancing full participation, accessibility and inclusion for all.
From 2013 to 2016, Alonzo served as a Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program where he managed clinical teams working on dispute systems design, consensus building, mediation, community dialogue, and facilitation projects. Before coming to HLS, Alonzo was an Assistant Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing where he led several academic initiatives and taught courses on negotiation as well as international and U.S. law.
Through his clinical and consulting practice, Alonzo has worked with hundreds of corporate executives, civil society leaders, government officials, jurists and educators in developing negotiation and conflict management strategies. He has led projects and workshops for Hewlett Packard, the Asian Development Bank, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and JSW Law School in the Kingdom of Bhutan, among others. Alonzo has facilitated executive education programs at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, helping leaders from around the world prepare to navigate difficult conversations and complex negotiations.
Alonzo Emery received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and his B.A. from Yale University, cum laude. He also has studied at Peking University, Tsinghua University, Taiwan University and the University of Cape Town. After working for more than a decade to promote transnational dialogue and foster academic inquiry related to China, Alonzo joined the Yale-China Association’s Board of Trustees in 2017. In 2014, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations selected Alonzo to join its Public Intellectuals Program.