The Authoritarian Commons: Divergent Paths of Neighborhood Democratization in Urban China

Shitong Qiao, LAPA Fellow; University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 10:30am
via Zoom - RSVP requested
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Shitong Qiao
2020-2021 LAPA Fellow
University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

Shitong Qiao is an expert on property and urban law with a focus on comparative law and China. At the University of Hong Kong, he teaches comparative property law, law of cities, law and development, and Chinese law, and has won multiple research prizes and grants. In the past fifteen years, he has conducted extensive fieldwork in multiple settings ranging from rural villages, urban villages, to urban middle-class residential neighborhoods in China, exploring the interplay of law, social norms, and the government’s role in these contexts. His first monograph, Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution of Law and Social Norms (2017), won the inaugural Masahiko Aoki Award for Economic Paper from Tsinghua University and was reviewed in leading international and Asian law journals. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters. His research has been frequently cited by property and urban law theorists, scholars of China studies, and Chinese policy-makers and Supreme People’s Court justices, and has been covered by leading Chinese and English media. In Spring 2020, Professor Qiao was the Jerome A. Cohen Visiting Professor of Law at New York University Law School, which he previously served as Global Associate Professor of Law in 2017. He has also held visiting positions at Duke Law School and Peking University School of Transnational Law.  He received his L.L.B. and M.Phil from Wuhuan University and Peking University, respectively, and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School. At LAPA, he will be working on his monograph, The Authoritarian Commons: Neighborhood Democratization in Urban China, which explores whether a liberal commons can emerge in an authoritarian state.