Luo Jiajun is the China Law Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Asian Law (GCAL). His work primarily centers on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) legal development in the broader context of comparative law and area studies. Using China as an example, Luo’s work explores new paradigms of legality and rationalization of statecraft in authoritarian regimes. His current project at GCAL focuses on “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” legal reform, and freedom of expression in the PRC. He also studies other contentious areas where Chinese law, politics, and society intersect.

Luo is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. His Doctoral dissertation, “Unequal Justice Delivered by the Chinese Courts,” examines systemic differential treatment in the Chinese courtrooms in key areas of law, and explains the historical roots and institutional factors that account for that inequality. The thesis draws heavily on empirical data, including on-site observation and interviews with judges, government officials, and lawyers in China.

Luo was a visiting researcher at Cornell Law School in 2017, and he holds a research-intensive Master of Law degree from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He received his first Law degree, with distinction, from Shenzhen University.

Last Updated: February 3, 2022



Verdicts from China’s Courts Used to Be Accessible Online. Now They’re Disappearing.

Luo Jiajun & Thomas Kellogg
Judicial transparency in China has taken a significant step backward in recent months. Beginning at least a year ago, China’s Supreme People’s Court has considerably scaled back the number of cases available on its China Judgments Online web portal...