Monterey Institute of International Studies

Gene Theroux

Gene Theroux is a Senior Counsel at Baker & McKenzie LLP, the Firm that pioneered the practice of private international law. For forty years he has specialized in the legal aspects of international trade and investment, mainly with China and India.

Mr. Theroux first visited visit to China in June. 1972, as an aide to Majority Leader Hale Boggs and Minority Leader Gerald Ford, on the first Congressional mission to the PRC, on leave from his Firm as Special Counsel to the Joint Economic Committee.

Since 1972, Mr. Theroux has spent more than five years in China, traveling there several times annually for clients of his Firm. He opened and headed the first Baker & McKenzie office in China during 1980-81, in Beijing, then led the Firm's Shanghai office during 1985.

In 1983, Mr. Theroux was the first American attorney to be retained by the Government of China to appear on its behalf in litigation in the United States. In Jackson, et al. v. People’s Republic of China, “the Huguang Railway Bonds Case,” he was successful in obtaining a dismissal of a $41 million claim against China. He thereafter appeared for the PRC in other cases in U.S. courts.

Mr. Theroux was instrumental in the founding of the US-China Business Council, and served as a Director and Vice Chairman of the Council’s Board. He was a founding Director and first Chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce in China, and a founding Director of the North America Mongolia Business Council.

He has been an Advisory Professor of Law at Fudan University in Shanghai since 1985, and is a Trustee of the Fudan Foundation. He has also served as a Trustee of The China Institute in America, and a member of the Board of International Advisors of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He served ten years Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau.

The Government of the USSR retained Mr. Theroux to represent it in sovereign immunity litigation in the 1980s, and he successfully represented the USSR in Carl Marks & Co. Inc., et al. v. USSR, a lawsuit involving a $196 million in claims against the Soviet State. In 1989-90. He successfully represented the Soviet Government in other cases in US courts.

During 1996-1999, Mr. Theroux was assigned by Baker & McKenzie, with his wife and children, to New Delhi, India. During four years in India, he served as President of the Board of Governors of the American Embassy School. In 2000 he was based at his Firm's Rome Office. A 1968 graduate of the Georgetown Law School, Mr. Theroux is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in 1961 from the Art School at Pratt Institute, which in 1982 awarded him and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.

Mr. Theroux’s U.S. Army service included assignments at Fort Bragg, Fort Benning and the Defense Language Institute, as a First Lieutenant (Infantry), during 1962-64, and he returned to military service in Vietnam during 1968. He resides with his wife and children on a working farm in Virginia.