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AmCham China Legal Committee would like to invite you to join the lecture and discussion on May 16 at 4pm.
Come and learn more about the future of China litigation in the age of Big Data.

Co-hosted by AmCham China and Columbia Global Centers in Beijing, we’re horned to invite two leading scholars:
  • Benjamin L Liebman, Robert L Lieff Professor of Law and Director of Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School
  • Rachel Stern, Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science at Berkeley Law.

Over the past three years, Chinese courts have posted more than 29 million court judgments on line. This mass release of court data is changing how courts judge cases as well as how litigants and lawyers navigate the legal system. Despite the dramatic embrace of transparency, however, much remains missing from the official record.

In their talk, Professors Liebman and Stern will discuss how mass digitization of court opinions is reshaping litigation in China, what is available and what is missing, as well as how big data may reshape our understandings of court practice in China.

Also enjoy this pre-happy hour session with good wine, finger food and opportunity to mingle with other professionals in the field.


  • Benjamin L Liebman (Robert L Lieff Professor of Law and Director, Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School)

    Benjamin L Liebman

    Robert L Lieff Professor of Law and Director, Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School

    Benjamin L. Liebman is the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. His research focuses on Chinese courts, Chinese tort law, Chinese criminal procedure, and the impact of popular opinion and populism on the Chinese legal system.

    His recent publications include “Regulating the Visible Hand: The Institutional Implications of Chinese State Capitalism,” (with Curtis J. Milhaupt), Oxford University Press, 2015, and “Leniency in Chinese Criminal Law: Everyday Justice in Henan,” Berkeley Journal of International Law, 2015.

    Prior to joining the Law School’s faculty in 2002, Liebman was an associate in the London and Beijing offices of Sullivan & Cromwell. He also previously served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter and to Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit.

    He is a graduate of Yale University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School.

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  • Rachel Stern (Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science at Berkeley Law)

    Rachel Stern

    Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science at Berkeley Law

    Rachel Stern is an assistant professor of law and political science. Her research explores the relationship between law, power, social change and globalization, particularly in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Her recent work focuses on the role courts play in authoritarian states as well as the political dynamics surrounding environmental regulation and activism in China.

    Her first book, Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. In a country known for tight political control and ineffectual courts, the book unravels how everyday justice works: how judges make decisions, why lawyers take cases and how international influence matters. It is an account of how the leadership’s mixed signals and political ambivalence play out on the ground–propelling some to action, even as others back away from risk. The book received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 Herbert Jacob book award from the Law & Society Association.

    Other recent articles on law and social activism have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Law & Policy and China Quarterly. Before joining Berkeley Law and the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, Professor Stern was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows.

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