Stephanie Balme

Alliance Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2014)


Areas of teaching and research

  • Comparative constitutional law and constitutionalism
  • Judicial studies
  • Legal research methodology
  • Human rights
  • Law and Society (with China as a case study)
  • China’s constitutional and administrative law
  • Sciences Po, Ph.D., 2000
  • Sciences Po, M.A., 1995
  • French Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, M.A., 1994

Stéphanie Balme is a researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research, a professor at the Paris School of International Affairs, and head of the "Justice, Law and Society in China" research program at Sciences Po Paris.

She is also a research associate at the Institute of High Studies on Justice in Paris and an external reviewer for the Hong Kong Research Council.

Balme is a regular consultant for international organizations on projects related to rule of law; judicial, constitutional, and legal reforms; public policy; judicial management; and access to justice or human rights. In 2011, she co-founded with Tsinghua University the annual Sino-French Rule of Law Dialogue. She is also one of the founding members of the EU-China Law Studies Association.

Balme is a former full-time visiting professor at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing (2006-2012), delegate for the Civil Law Initiative (2010), and lecturer at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing. She was a research associate at Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2003 to 2006. Balme has taught in Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Canada, and New Delhi.  

Selected publications

With Antoine Garapon, Li Bin and Daniel Schimmel, Judicial Cultures & Civil Procedures: Comparing the Cases of France, China and the United States, Ebook, LexisNexis, Paris, September 2014 (in French)

Building Constitutionalism in China (eds.), with Michael Dowdle, Palgrave-Macmillan CERI, New York, 2009

“China’s Bureaucratic Rules of Laws,” September 2014, Revue Française d’Administration Publique (in French)

“Rule of Law as a Watermark: China’s Legal and Judicial Challenges,” The World Bank Law Review, Washington, December 2012

“Local Courts in Western China: The Quest for Independence and Dignity,” Chapter 8 in Randy Peerenboom (eds.), Judicial Independence in China: A Comparative Developmental Approach, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009, p.154-180
“Access to Justice in China: Review of Efforts to Improve Judicial Efficiency and Reduce Judicial Costs,” EU-UNDP-The People’s Supreme Court of the PRC, May 2012 (bilingual: Chinese/English)

“French Conceptions of ‘Laicity’ and Rule of Law: Debating the New Law Banning Full-face Veil in Public Places in France” (in Chinese), Tsinghua University Law Review, December 2011