Stanley Lubman (AB, LLB, LLM, JSD, Columbia University) has specialized on China as scholar and practicing lawyer for over fifty years. He is Resident Lecturer (retired) and Research Associate at the Berkeley Law School, University of California, and previously taught at the law schools of Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale as well as others in Europe. His online column on Chinese law ran in the "China Real Time Report" at The Wall Street Journal.

From 1978 to 1997, while continuing his academic activities he headed the China practice at two major San Francisco law firms and a large English firm of solicitors.

He was advisor to The Asia Foundation on legal reform projects in China from 1998 to 2011.

Among his publications are Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China After Mao (Stanford University Press, 1999), and The Evolution of Law Reform in China: an Uncertain Path (editor, Edward Elgar, 2012).

Last Updated: August 2, 2017



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