He Weifang, Peking University School of Law

The Quest for Justice in China

Date: 
Fri, 11/30/2012
Location: 
Noon, 005 Robertson Hall

The Quest for Justice in China

A lunch conversation with He Weifang,

Professor, Peking University School of Law


Friday 30 November 12-1:30

005 Robertson Hall

Lunch will be served.

Princeton students/faculty only, please

He Weifang(贺卫方)is a Professor of Law at Peking University School of Law in Beijing, China.  He is a prolific scholar and popular teacher in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional law, legal history, comparative law, and related subjects.  He is also one of the most prominent public intellectuals in the Chinese legal academy, and a frequent commentator in various media outlets, including social media.  He is a 1982 graduate of the Southwest Institute of Politics and Law in Chongqing, where he was a member of one of the first law school classes assembled in China after the Cultural Revolution, and received his LL.M from the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing.  He began his teaching career at the Institute of Comparative Law of the China University of Politics and Law in 1985, and moved to Peking University Law School in 1995, where he advanced to the rank of full professor and Ph.D supervisor.  From 2009 to 2011, he taught at Shihezi University in Xinjiang.  He helped establish Comparative Law (比较法研究), the PRC’s first scholarly journal on comparative law, and for almost a decade served as editor-in-chief of the Peking University Law Review.  He has served as a visiting scholar at the Program in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  He was selected in 2001 by China Youth magazine as one of the top 100 young people who might shape China the 21st Century, and in 2011 by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 global thinkers.  A new book of his recent writings translated into English, titled In the Name of Justice: Striving for the Rule of Law in China, has just been published by Brookings Institution Press (November 2012).