Over the past two years China has launched some of the most significant legal reforms in decades. At the same time, significant doubt remains regarding China's leadership's commitment to rule of law values. In his remarks Professor Liebman will outline recent developments in legal reform in China and will discuss their implications for understanding and conceptualizing legal development in China.
Benjamin Liebman is the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at the Columbia School. His current research focuses on Chinese tort law, Chinese criminal procedure, the impact of popular opinion and populism on the Chinese legal system, and the evolution of China’s courts and legal profession.
Professor Liebman’s recent publications include “Regulating the Visible Hand: The Institutional Implications of Chinese State Capitalism” (Oxford 2015, co-edited with Curtis M. Milhaupt); “Leniency in Chinese Criminal Law: Everyday Justice in Henan,” (Berkeley Journal of International Law 2015); “Legal Reform: China’s Law-Stability Paradox,” Daedalus (143 (2) Spring 2014); “China’s Law-Stability Paradox,” in China’s Challenges: The Road Ahead (Avery Goldstein and Jacques De Lisle, eds.) (Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, 2014); “Malpractice Mobs: Medical Dispute Resolution in China,” Columbia Law Review 2013; “Professionals and Populists: The Paradoxes of China’s Legal Reforms,” in China Beyond the Headlines, third edition (Timothy Weston and Lionel Jensen, eds.) (Rowman & Littlefield, July 2012); “Toward Competitive Supervision? The Media and the Courts,” China Quarterly, (Dec. 2011); and “A Return to Populist Legality? Historical Legacies and Legal Reform,” in Mao’s Invisible Hand, Elizabeth Perry and Sebastian Heilmann, eds. (Harvard University Press 2011).