Chi Yin is a research scholar at New York University Law School’s US-Asia Law Institute. She joined the Institute in 2013, and her research currently focuses on China’s recently revised Criminal Procedure Law. Yin previously served as a judge in the Intermediate Court of the greater Chengdu Municipality. The cases she tried included both appellate and first-instance criminal trials of white collar, drug trafficking, and violent crimes. Other work in the court included managing projects related to internal court reform, and editing an internal law review. She left the court in 2008 and moved to the U.S., where she pursued public interest law, volunteering with Colorado Legal Services and then interning with China Labor Watch. She received an L.L.M. from NYU in 2013. She received an L.L.B and Master’s of Law from Sichuan University, and has been a member of the Chinese bar since 2004. She is also a member of the New York State Bar.

Last Updated: August 23, 2018



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Jerome A. Cohen & Chi Yin
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