Wang Xixin, Vice Dean of Peking University Law School

Administrative Law as a Vehicle for Political Reform in China

Fri, 02/22/2013
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Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff

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     A lunch conversation with Wang Xixin,

     Vice-Dean and Professor of Law

     Peking University Law School

     Friday 22 February, 12-1:30

     Lunch will be served


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In the lead-up and immediate aftermath to China's recent once-a-decade leadership transition, there has been intense and wide-ranging discussion, both outside and within China, about the prospects for Chinese political reform.  This talk will address the subject of political reform through the lens of recent administrative law development in China, including the introduction of judicial review of agency action, passage of administrative laws standardizing various forms of agency decision-making, and promulgation of transparency and public participation requirements at both the central and local levels.  The question presented will be whether the social forces and citizen empowerment set in motion by these "micro-level" administrative law reforms might represent a plausible "bottom-up" and incremental approach to deeper political reform over time.{C}

Wang Xixin   is the Bok Visiting International Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is Vice-Dean and Professor of Law, and Founding Director of the Center for Public Participation Studies and Support, at Peking University Law School in Beijing, China.  Professor Wang received his Bachelors degree from the South Central Institute of Political Science and Law in 1990, and both his LL.M. and LL.D degrees from Peking University Law School in 1996 and 1999 respectively.  From 1998-1999, he was a Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School, and since August 2003 has been a Fellow of the China Law Center at Yale Law School.  Professor Wang has been deeply involved in China's administrative procedure reforms for many years.  Since 1999, he has served as a working member of the China Administrative Law Research Group, an academic team advising the National People's Congress Standing Committee's Legal Affairs Working Commission on administrative law reforms, and since 2001 he has focused especially on the drafting of an Administrative Procedure Act.  He is also recognized as a public intellectual, serving as a commentator for China Legal Daily since 2006, and for China Central Television (CCTV) since 2008.  He is the author of two well recognized books and some 60 journal articles published in China and the United States.