Professor Margaret Lewis’ research focuses on China’s legal system, with an emphasis on criminal justice. She joined Seton Hall Law School as an Associate Professor in 2009.

Lewis is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Her recent publications have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and Virginia Journal of International Law. She also co-authored the book Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished its Version of Re-Education Through Labor (US-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law/Berkshire Publishing, 2013) with Jerome A. Cohen.

Lewis participated in the U.S.-China Legal Experts Dialogue at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and assisted the Congressional-Executive Commission on China to research and write the Criminal Justice and Access to Justice sections of the Commission’s 2015 Annual Report.

Before joining Seton Hall, Lewis served as a Senior Research Fellow at NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute, where she worked on criminal justice reforms in China. Following graduation from law school, she worked as an Associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Diego. After clerking, she returned to NYU School of Law and was awarded a Furman Fellowship.

Lewis received her J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was a member of Law Review. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University, and also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

Last Updated: August 22, 2017

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