The Future of Rule of Law in China


News from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law  

Media Contact: Susan Gluss,, 510-642-6936  


ATTENTION: Assignment desks; higher education, international, and legal reporters  

WHAT:                                                                                                                                                                       An afternoon Berkeley Law forum, “The Future of the Rule of Law in China.”  

China has made unprecedented progress in developing the elements of a comprehensive legal system, yet some have argued that China’s rule of law has been in full retreat in recent years. One of the leading experts in the world will deliver a keynote address on Chinese law. How independent is China’s judiciary and legal system from the Chinese Communist Party?  What can we expect in the wake of China’s recent leadership transition?  What will developments in China mean for the United States?  Remarks will be followed by comments from a renowned panel of China experts.

Wednesday, March 20, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

WHERE: UC Berkeley School of Law, Room 105; Bancroft Way at Piedmont, Berkeley. See campus map.  

WHO: Keynote address: Jerome Cohen, NYU law professor; senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; author of several books, including The Criminal Process in the People’s Republic of China, and China Today.


  • Stanley Lubman, distinguished lecturer in residence, Berkeley Law, and Wall Street Journal China Real Time blogger; 
  • Paul Pickowicz, distinguished professor of History and Chinese Studies, UC San Diego; 
  • Rachel Stern, assistant professor of law, Berkeley Law; 
    Alex Wang, visiting assistant professor of law, Berkeley Law.  

Media and the public invited to attend free of charge.  

Sponsored by the Institute for Legal Research, Berkeley Law; and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program, which is funded by the Henry Luce and C.V. Starr Foundation. Additional funding from the Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley; co-sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley.  

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