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Who We Are

USC Gould School of Law

Center Staff

Brian Peck is the Executive Director of the Center for Transnational Law and Business and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law; he teaches international trade law and policy, global regulatory compliance and international IP law.

In 2013, Peck was appointed by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., to serve as deputy director in charge of international affairs and business development for the Governor's Office. In this capacity, he negotiated bilateral trade and investment MOUs between the state of California and Mexico, Japan and Chinese subnational governments.

He served as senior director for intellectual property, and director of Japanese affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. He was the lead negotiator for the IP chapters in the U.S.-Colombia, U.S.-Peru and U.S.-Panama FTAs, and led the U.S. delegation at the WTO TRIPS Council meetings. He also co-chaired the U.S.-Japan IT Working Group, and worked on regulatory reform initiatives for Japan's IP rights legal regime, IT, e-commerce and telecommunication sectors. He also led bilateral talks with several Asian countries at the WTO under the Doha Development Agenda negotiations to liberalize market access for trade in services.

Peck was an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he participated in a number of antidumping and countervailing duty cases, including litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade as well as NAFTA and WTO dispute settlement panels.

He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law and his BA degree from UC Berkeley.

Fangfei Dong is the associate director for policy, research and programs at the center; she brings international trade policy development and analysis expertise, as well as international trade and transnational business experience in the private sector.

In her role, Dong conducts research and policy analysis related to international trade, with a particular focus on issues related to the WTO multilateral system, U.S. trade policy, China's trade policy, the harmonization of regulatory regimes and standards, the use of non-tariff barriers as protectionist measures, global regulatory compliance and market access.

Previously, she worked for Underwriter Laboratories (UL), a global safety consulting and certification company, where she oversaw Chinese suppliers' compliance with UL safety standards necessary to export. Before her work at UL, she worked for a Japanese policy consulting firm. Her responsibilities included: consulting clients on the process of applying for mandatory CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) national certifications for exports to China, conducting several research programs, and implementing compliance programs for licensing and product standards for the export of various products to China and Europe.

She earned her MA degree in International Public Policy and Management at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a BS degree in public policy from East China University of Political Science and Law.

Advisory Council

  • William Berner, VP Legal, Global Operations, Nike Inc.
  • Adam Dolinko, Chief Legal Officer and SVP of Corporate Development, SiFive, Inc.
  • Darryl Gibson, SVP and Group General Counsel, Experian
  • David Kappos, Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, (former head of USPTO)
  • Michael Lawrence, Senior Competition Counsel, Google
  • Janis Penton, Lecturer in Law, USC Gould School of Law
  • Yaphett Powell, VP, International Business Affairs and Acquisitions, The Walt Disney Co.
  • D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law

As of August 11, 2023