Ting Ting Cheng
Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Ting Ting is originally from Shanghai, China. She spent her youth playing the oboe professionally with various orchestras around the U.S., notably with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein. She studied music at Wesleyan University, human rights at the University of Cape Town, and received her B.A. from Bard College with a double major in music composition and politics. She received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law where she was the Public Interest Practice Editor of the New York City Law Review and the Frank Durkan Fellow in Human Rights. Ting Ting was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, for which she received the Amy Biehl award.
Prior to joining BDS, Ting Ting clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa for Justice Albie Sachs and Justice Edwin Cameron. After her clerkship, she was Senior Project Manager at the Incentives for Global Health, an international non-profit organization which uses medical innovation to increase research and development for neglected diseases and incentivize pharmaceutical companies to develop new medications for the global poor.
During law school Ting Ting interned with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Civil Rights Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office, and the Innocence Project New Orleans. In addition, she worked for the U.N. Special Rapporteur on China for hearings in front of the Committee Against Torture and was a legal researcher for the U.N. Human Rights Committee. As a clinical extern she worked on Wiwa et al v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case against Shell Oil seeking corporate accountability under the Alien Tort Statute for its complicity in the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the “Ogoni Nine” and for human rights abuses in the Niger Delta.
Prior to law school, Ting Ting did development work in northern Thailand with the Akha and Karen hilltribes, worked in the President’s Office of the Open Society Institute, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Burma, Human Rights in China, and Democracy Now! as the Associate General Manager. Before starting law school, she spent three months living with Sufi musicians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Uyghur Autonomous Region of China learning and filming their musical rituals.
She speaks Mandarin, Chinese.