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Jacques deLisle

Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for East Asian Studies

Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong under Chinese rule, and U.S.-China relations. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. Continue reading… Jacques deLisle’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong under Chinese rule, and U.S.-China relations. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. DeLisle is also professor of political science, director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has served frequently as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C. law and government policies and is a consultant, lecturer and advisor to legal reform, development and education programs, primarily in China.

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Expertise

  • Chinese Law and Politics
  • Comparative Law
  • International Law

Articles and Book Chapters

Troubled Waters: China's Claims and the South China Sea, 56 ORBIS 608 (2012).

Security First?: Lessons from the Roles of Law in Addressing Crises(?) in China, 4 J. NAT. SECURITY L. & POL'Y 397 (2010).

Law and China's Development Model, in IN SEARCH OF CHINA'S DEVELOPMENT MODEL: BEYOND THE BEIJING CONSENSUS (Philip Hsu, Yu-shan Wu and Suisheng Zhao, eds. 2011).

A Common Law-like Civil Law and a Public Face for Private Law: China’s Tort Law in Comparative Perspective, in TOWARDS A CHINESE CIVIL CODE: COMPARATIVE AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (Martinus Nijhoff 2012).

Soft Power in a Hard Place: China, Taiwan, Cross-Strait Competition and U.S. Policy, 54 ORBIS 493 (2010).

Exceptional Powers in an Exceptional State: Emergency Powers Law in China, in EMERGENCY POWERS LAW IN ASIA 342 (Victor V. Ramraj and Arun K. Thiruvengadam, eds. 2010).

The Other China Trade Deficit: Export Safety Problems and Responses, in IMPORT SAFETY: REGULATORY GOVERNANCE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY 22 (Cary Coglianese, David Zaring, and Adam Finkel, eds. 2009).

After the Gold Rush: The Beijing Olympics and China’s Evolving International Roles, 52:3 ORBIS 179 (2009).

Development without Democratization? China, Law and the East Asian Model, in DEMOCRATIZATIONS: COMPARISONS, CONFRONTATIONS AND CONTRASTS 197 (Jose V. Ciprut, ed. 2009).

Vicious Cycles and Virtuous Circles: International Contexts, Taiwanese Democracy and Cross-Strait Relations, in CROSS-STRAIT AT THE TURNING POINT 373 (I Yuan, ed. 2009).

International Contexts and Domestic Pushback, in DEMOCRATIZATION IN GREATER CHINA 185 (Larry Diamond & Bruce Gilley eds., 2008).

Legalization without Democratization in China under Hu Jintao, in CHINA’S CHANGING POLITICAL LANDSCAPE 185 (Cheng Li ed., 2008).

“One World, Different Dreams”: The Contest to Define the Beijing Olympics, in OWNING THE OLYMPICS 17 (Monroe Price & Daniel Dayan eds., 2008).

Legalization without Democratization in China under Hu Jintao, in CHINA'S CHANGING POLITICAL LANDSCAPE PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY 185 (Cheng Li, ed., 2008).

Traps, Gaps and Law in China’s Transition, in IS CHINA TRAPPED IN TRANSITION? IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE REFORMS (Oxford Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, 2007).

Eroding the “One China” Policy: A Tripartite Legal-Political Strategy for Taiwan, in RESHAPING THE TAIWAN STRAIT (John Tkacik ed., 2007).

Legislating the Cross-Strait Status Quo?: China’s Anti-Secession Law, Taiwan’s Constitutional Reform, and the United States’ Taiwan Relations Act, in ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, DEMOCRATIZATION AND NATIONAL SECURITY IN EAST ASIA: SHIFTING PARADIGMS IN US, CHINA AND TAIWAN RELATIONS (Peter C. Y. Chow ed., Edward Elgar Publishing 2007).

China under Hu Jintao: Introduction (co-author) and China and the WTO: Evolving Agendas of Economic Openness, Domestic Reform and Challenges of the Post-Accession Era, in CHINA UNDER HU JINTAO: OPPORTUNITIES, DANGERS, AND DILEMMAS 1-25, 229-292 (co-edited with T.J. Cheng and Deborah Brown, 2006).

Atypical Pneumonia and Ambivalent Law and Politics: SARS and the Response to SARS in China, 77 TEMP. L. REV. 193 (2004).

A Chinese Solution?: Development without Democracy and the Turn to Law, in the P.R.C., in DEVELOPMENT AND DEMOCRACY: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON AN OLD DEBATE 252 (Sunder Ramaswamy & Jeffrey W. Cason eds., University Press of New England 2003).

Human Rights, Civil Wrongs and Foreign Relations: A 'Sinical' Look at the Use of U.S. Litigation to Address Human Rights Abuses Abroad, 52 DEPAUL L. REV. 473 (2003).

China's Approach to International Law: A Historical Perspective, 94 AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. PROC. 267 (2000).

Lex Americana?: United States Legal Assistance, American Legal Models, and Legal Change in the Post-Communist World and Beyond, 20 U. PA. J. INTL ECON. L. 179 (1999).

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

China, Taiwan and Human Rights: A Tale of Two Constitutions, Domestic Politics and Human Rights; Sovereignty in the South China Sea (forthcoming)

China's Fifth Generation Leadership and Taiwan Policy (forthcoming)

Research Areas

  • Law and Politics of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • China, International Law and International Relations
  • Economic Reform and Law in China
  • Rule of Law in China

Positions

Penn Law - Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law (2006- ); Professor (1999-2006); Assistant Professor (1994-99)

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1991-92)

Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice - Attorney-Advisor (1992-94)

University of Pennsylvania, Center for East Asian Studies - Faculty (1996- ); Professor of Political Science (2010- )

Director, Asia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute (2002- )

Professional Activities

American Society of Comparative Law, Board of Directors, 1996-

Consultant, expert witness on issues of P.R.C. and Hong Kong law and government policies, in litigation in federal and state courts, arbitration proceedings, and proceedings before federal agencies, 1996-

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1999-; Director of the Asia Program, 2002-

Member, National Committee on United States-China Relations, 2001-

Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law, 2006-

Board of Editors, ORBIS, 2004-

Editorial Advisory Board, JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY CHINA, 2007-

Editorial Board, FRONTIERS OF LAW IN CHINA, 2010-

Courses

  • Chinese Law
  • China and International Law
  • Law and Economic Reform in Contemporary China
  • Public International Law
  • Torts
  • China in Transition
  • China and International Human Rights Law

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