Benjamin L. Liebman

Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law; Director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies

Office: Jerome Greene Hall #619
435 W. 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-0678
Fax: 212-854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Terry Liu
Phone: 212-854-2743
Courses/ Current Research
  • Legal aspects of China's international relations
  • Law and legal institutions in China
  • Torts
  • Advanced research in Chinese law


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1998
  • Oxford University, B.A., 1993
  • Yale College, B.A., 1991

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Detailed Biography:

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

Professor Liebman’s recent scholarship includes, “Malpractice Mobs: Medical Dispute Resolution in China,” Columbia Law Review (forthcoming January 2013), “Toward Competitive Supervision?  The Media and the Courts,” China Quarterly (Dec. 2011); “A Return to Populist Legality? Historical Legacies and Legal Reform,” in Mao’s Invisible Hand, (Elizabeth Perry and Sebastian Heilmann, eds.) (Harvard University Asia Center 2011); “A Populist Threat to China’s Courts?” in Chinese Justice:  Civil Dispute Resolution in Post-Reform China (Mary Gallagher & Margaret Woo, eds.) (Cambridge University Press 2011); “Changing Media, Changing Courts?” in Changing Media, Changing China (Susan Shirk ed., forthcoming Oxford University Press 2010); and  “Reputational Sanctions in China’s Securities Markets” (with Curtis J. Milhaupt), Columbia Law Review (2008).

Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2002, Professor 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, Oxford, and Harvard Law School.

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