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Stanley Lubman

Title: Centers and Programs   -   The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law; Faculty   -   Affiliated Faculty
Tel: 510-843-8881
Email Address: stanley.lubman@gmail.com

Stanley Lubman has specialized on China as a scholar and as a practicing lawyer for more than 40 years. He first taught at Boalt from 1967-1974, and returned in 2002. In the meantime, he taught at Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, the University of Heidelberg, and the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.

Lubman has advised American, European and Japanese clients on the People's Republic of China since 1972 on a wide range of matters, and he has also represented clients in disputes arbitrated by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission in Beijing. From 1978 to 1997 he headed the China practices at two major San Francisco law firms and a large English firm of solicitors. Since 1997 he has devoted his time to scholarly research, teaching and non-profit activities.

In October 2004, Lubman was a visiting scholar at Oxford University. In March, 2005, a conference was held in his honor at the Columbia Law School, and papers delivered at that conference were published in a special number of the Columbia Journal of Asian Law (Vol. 19, No.1, Spring-Fall 2005) dedicated to him

He is advisor on China legal projects to The Asia Foundation. In that capacity, he has organized committees of U.S. experts to consult with Chinese counterparts. He has worked on a number of law reform projects in China related to administrative procedure, most recently one that would promote public participation in rule-making by local governments and China's central government. Another project involves revision of China's land law to increase protection of citizens' land rights.

He was trained as a China specialist in the United States and in Hong Kong for four years (1963-67) under grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia University, and the Foreign Area Fellowship Program. He has an A.B. degree with honors in history from Columbia College and LL.B., LL.M., and J.S.D. degrees from the Columbia Law School. He has also studied at the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Paris.

His writings on Chinese law and related subjects have been widely published and include China's Legal Reforms (Lubman, ed.), Oxford University Press, 1996; Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China after Mao, Stanford University Press, 2000; and Engaging the Law in China: State, Society, and Possibilities for Justice (co-edited with Neil J. Diamant and Kevin O'Brien, Stanford University Press 2005).

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