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Benjamin Liebman

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

Benjamin Liebman

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

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.

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998
  • B.A., University of Oxford, 1993
  • B.A., Yale University, 1991
Areas of Expertise
  • Law and legal institutions in China
  • Torts
  • China and international law


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)

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Law and Legal Institutions in China
P. Computational Text Analysis and Chinese Law
S. China and International Law
S. China in U.S. Litigation