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


Authoritarian Justice in China:  Is There a Chinese Model?, in THE BEIJING CONSENSUS? HOW CHINA HAS CHANGED THE WESTERN IDEAS OF LAW AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CHEN WEISTENG, ED.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016)

Law in the Shadow of Violence:  Can Law Help to Improve Doctor-Patient Trust in China?, Prepared for “Rebuilding Patient-Physician Trust in China Summit”  Harvard Shanghai Center, October 10th-11th, 2015

Introduction: The Institutional Implications of China’s Economic Development (with Curtis J. Milhaupt) and SOEs and State Governance: How State-Owned Enterprises Influence China’s Legal System (with Zheng Lei & Curtis J. Milhaupt) in REGULATING THE VISIBLE HAND: THE INSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF CHINESE STATE CAPITALISM (BENJAMIN L. LIEBMAN & CURTIS MILHAUPT, EDS.) (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Leniency in Chinese Criminal Law? Everyday Justice in Henan 33 Berkeley J. Int'l Law 153  (2015)

Article 41 and the Right to Appeal – a Conference on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Constitution of the PR China of 1982, Free University in Berlin. Chinese History and Society, Berliner China-Hefte, vol. 45 (2015) 

Legal Reform: China’s Law-Stability Paradox, Daedalus, Spring 2014, Vol. 143, No. 2

China’s Law-Stability Paradox, in China’s Challenges: The Road Ahead (Avery Goldstein & Jacques DeLisle, eds.) (Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, forthcoming 2014)

Malpractice Mobs:  Medical Dispute Resolution in China, 113 COLUM. L. REV. 181

Professionals and Populists:  The Paradoxes of China’s Legal Reforms, in CHINA BEYOND THE HEADLINES, THIRD EDITION (TIMOTHY WESTON &LIONEL JENSEN, eds.) (forthcoming Rowman & Littlefield 2012)

Toward Competitive Supervision?
, The Media and the Courts, CHINA Q. December 2011

A Populist Threat to China's Courts? in Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Woo and Gallagher eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2011. 

Changing Media, Changing Courts?, in Changing Media, Changing China (Susan Shirk ed.) Oxford University Press, 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 Press, 2011 

Assessing China's Legal Reforms, Proceedings of the International Conference on  Thirty Years of Reform and Opening-Up, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2008), 23 J. Asian L. 18 (2009)

Reputational Sanctions in China's Security Markets, 108 Colum. L. Rev. 929 (with Curtis Milhaupt) 

Scandal, Sukyandaru and Chouwen, 106 Mich. L. Rev. 1041 (April 2008)

Chinese Network Justice, Chicago J. Int'l L. (with Tim Wu) 

China's Courts: Restricted Reform, China Q. (fall 2007)

China's Courts: Restricted Reform, 21 Colum. J. Asian L 1. (expanded version) (fall 2007) 

Innovation through Intimidation?  An Empirical Account of Defamation Litigation in China, 47 Harv. Int'l L.J.  33 (2006)

Introduction:  Celebrating Stanley Lubman, 18 J. Asian L. (2006) (with R. Randle Edwards) 

Watchdog or Demagogue?  The Media in the Chinese Legal System 105 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (2005)

Lawyers, Legal Aid, and Legitimacy in China, in Raising The Bar (Alford & Miyazawa eds. 2004) 

Clean Air, Clear Process?  The Struggle over Air Pollution Law in the People's Republic of China, 52 Hastings L.J. 703 (2001) (with William P. Alford)

Legal Aid and Public Interest Law in China, 34 Texas Int'l L.J. 211 (1999) 

Autonomy through Separation?: Environmental Law and the Basic Law of Hong Kong, 39 Harv. Int'l L.J. 231 (1998)

Note, Class Action Litigation in China, 111 Harv. L. Rev. 1523 (1998) 

The Supreme Court, 1996 Term - Leading Cases, Old Chief v. United States, 111 Harv. L. Rev. 360 (1997)

Recent Legislation, Congress Imposes New Restrictions on Use of Funds by the Legal Services Corporation, 110 Harv. L. Rev. 1346 (1997)

Works appearing in Translation:

Zhongguo de Lüshi, Falü Yuanzhu yu Hefaxing [Lawyers, Legal Aid and Legitimacy in China], in Zhongguo Shehui Zhu Anxing Shiqi De Falu Fazhan [Contemporary Chinese Legal Development] 587-632 (Xu Chuanxi ed. 2004) 

Les Acciones Collectivas En China [Class Action Litigation in China], in Procesos Colectivos 425 (Antonio Gidi & Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor eds. & Angela Liliana Sanchez Rojas trans. 2003)

"Pizi" Yu Wenxue:  Wang Shuo Xiaoshuo Zhong de Yuyan, Quanwei yu Shuli [Reluctant Ruffians: Language, Authority, and Alienation in Wang Shuo's Fiction] in Wang Shuo Pipan (Zhang Dexiang & Jin Huimin eds. & Dong Zhilin trans. 1993) 


Judges Becoming Judges?  Judicial Innovation in China

An Empirical Study of Personal Injury Litigation in China

Court-Related Xinfang: An Empirical Study