Margaret Lewis is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on law in mainland China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation's US-Japan Leadership Program.

Lewis’ publications have appeared in a number of academic journals, and she 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 has participated in the State Department’s Legal Experts Dialogue with China, has testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and is a consultant to the Ford Foundation. She has been quoted widely in the media including by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

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: November 8, 2018



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