Benjamin Liebman

Benjamin L. Liebman

  • Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law; Vice Dean for Intellectual Life

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

Areas of Specialty

Law and Legal Institutions in China
China and International Law

Benjamin L. Liebman leads Columbia Law School’s Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies, the first institution of its kind at a U.S. law school. The center prepares students to take on leadership roles in Chinese law and provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in China’s rapidly changing legal environment.

Widely known as a preeminent scholar of contemporary Chinese law, Liebman studies Chinese court judgments, the roles of artificial intelligence and big data in the Chinese legal system, Chinese tort law, Chinese criminal procedure, and the evolution of China’s courts. His research has covered diverse topics in Chinese law over the years, ranging from leniency in criminal law to medical dispute resolution and securities markets.

In 2015, Liebman published Regulating the Visible Hand: The Institutional Implications of Chinese State Capitalism (Oxford University Press, with Curtis J. Milhaupt), which explores how extensive state intervention and participation drives China’s evolving economy—a critical contribution to the discourse surrounding China’s recent economic transformations.

Professor Liebman also serves as the director of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law.

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 Judge Sandra Lynch of the 1st Circuit.


Works Appearing in Translation

  • Zhongguo de Lüshi, Falü Yuanzhu yu Hefaxing [Lawyers, Legal Aid and Legitimacy in China], in ZHONGGUO SHEHUI ZHUANXING SHIQI DE FALÜ 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)

See a list of Benjamin L. Liebman's publications 


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