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Seth Hartigan

Associate Professor of the Practice of Law, Principal Language Lecturer


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Personal profile

Personal profile

Seth Hartigan received his JD (Juris Doctor) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997) and then served as a Legal Research Fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on the International Criminal Court and Truth Commissions, including the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. After working in criminal defense and serving as a Judicial Clerk to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Seth moved to China in 2005, where he has been teaching at Chinese universities, such as Tsinghua and Renmin, for 19 years, with the last 12 years at XJTLU. Seth has taught courses at XJTLU in the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Business School, and the School of Languages.

Research interests


Philosophy of History


Ancient Legal Systems


XJTLU: 2012 - present

Tsinghua University Instructor 2009 - 2012

Beijing International Studies University Instructor 2011 - 2012

Renmin University Instructor 2009 - 2011

Beijing Foreign Studies University Instructor 2007 - 2009

XinXiang College Instructor 2005 - 2007

Minnesota Supreme Court Judicial Clerk 1999 - 2000

Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Legal Fellow 1998 - 1999

Attorney 1998 - 2005

United States Army Czech Linguist 1988 - 1992


INR201 Managing the World: the Role of International Institutions
INR202 International Relations Research Methods
INR107 Africa: Development and Aid
INR102 International Political Economy
INR101 Contemporary International Relations
LAN302 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
ENG004 Thinking Shakespeare
ENG003 How Language Works
SMO204 International Business Law
SMO207 Chinese Business and Employment Law
SMO211 Theory of the Firm
BUS003 Explore Business
INR020 Essentials of International Relations
INR001 Current Issues in Global Affairs
INR002 Essentials of International Relations
LAN107 Academic Study Skills for International Relations
SMO419 Academic English Skills for MBA
BUS905 Business English Communication Skills
Great Works of Philosophy and Law
Legal English

Awards and honours

1994 Fulbright Scholarship, Institute of International Education

Awards and honours

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Awards and honours

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Law Honors University of Wisconsin-Madison USA 1997

Postdoctoral Legal Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1998-1999

MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics University of Leicester UK 2012

Fulbright Scholar Postgraduate European Studies Prague School of Economics Czech Republic 1994-1995

Bachelor of Arts History (High Honors) Linguistics minor University of Minnesota-Twin Cities USA 1994

Defense Language Institute Czech & Slovak Program Honor Graduate Monterrey California USA 1988 - 1990

External positions

American Philosophical Association

2020 → …

American Society of International Law

1997 → …

American Civil Liberties Union

1995 → …

National Lawyers Guild

1995 → …


  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • BQ Buddhism
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • K Law (General)

Person Types

  • Staff