The Paul Tsai China Center is the primary home for activities related to China at Yale Law School. Founded in 1999, the Center is a unique institution dedicated to helping advance China’s legal reforms, improving U.S.–China relations, and increasing understanding of China in the United States. The Director of the Paul Tsai China Center is Professor Paul Gewirtz, Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School.

Recent Staff Writing

A central aspect of the Center’s mission is to enhance U.S. understanding of China’s law and policy reform process and key issues in U.S.–China relations. Center staff have recently written articles on a range of subjects such as the Trump-Xi summit (ChinaFile and Foreign Affairs), developments in the South China Sea (Lawfare), Chinese governance (Brookings), Chinese criminal procedure (China Law Translate), the Chinese digital economy (SupChina), and the North Korean nuclear issue (here, here, and here). Senior Fellow Jeremy Daum is the founder and operator of China Law Translate, a collaborative translation project and home for news and analysis on Chinese law and policy.

For a full list of our staff publications, please visit our Publications page.

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Paul Tsai China Center News & Events

Saturday, November 03, 2018


In The Press

U.S. and China risking a military mishap without “mature communications,” America’s former top East Asian diplomat warns

South China Morning Post

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan A. Thornton is quoted in a piece about tensions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


In The Press

The China debate: Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?

The Brookings Institution

On October 30, 2018, the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution and the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School cohosted a public debate about the future of U.S.-China relations, moderated by Evan Osnos. Listen to the full debate here.

Monday, November 5, 2018


In The Press

US diplomat: Denuclearization at core of talks

Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan A. Thornton is interviewed about the possible path for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Saturday, November 3, 2018


In The Press

U.S. and China risking a military mishap without “mature communications,” America’s former top East Asian diplomat warns

South China Morning Post

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan A. Thornton is quoted in a piece about tensions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


In The Press

U.S. Commerce Department Bans Sales to Fujian Jinhua—A Commentary by Rachel Brown ’20 and Preston Lim ’21

Lawfare

Rachel Brown ’20 and Preston Lim ’21 have a commentary in the biweekly “SinoTech” feature on Lawfare.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


In The Press

The China debate: Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?

The Brookings Institution

On October 30, 2018, the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution and the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School cohosted a public debate about the future of U.S.-China relations, moderated by Evan Osnos. Listen to the full debate here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


In The Press

A Deepening U.S.-China Cybersecurity Dilemma—A Commentary by Ben Buchanan and Robert D. Williams

Lawfare

Ben Buchanan is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Robert D. Williams is a Lecturer in Law, Senior Research Scholar in Law, and the Executive Director of the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


In The Press

Is China interfering in American politics?—A Commentary By Rush Doshi and Robert D. Williams

Brookings

Rush Doshi is a Brookings-Yale postdoctoral fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Robert D. Williams is a Lecturer in Law, Senior Research Scholar in Law, and the Executive Director of the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.