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

Wednesday, April 03, 2019


In The Press

Susan Thornton on a Crisis in U.S.-China Relations

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan Thornton was a guest on a podcast, discussing U.S.-China engagement.

Sunday, March 31, 2019


In The Press

U.S.-China Dialogue Podcast

Georgetown University

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan Thornton was a guest on a Georgetown University podcast discussing U.S.-China relations.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


In The Press

Trump’s America rethinks engagement with China

Financial Times

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan Thornton is quoted in the Financial Times about U.S.-China relations.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019


In The Press

Susan Thornton on a Crisis in U.S.-China Relations

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan Thornton was a guest on a podcast, discussing U.S.-China engagement.

Sunday, March 31, 2019


In The Press

U.S.-China Dialogue Podcast

Georgetown University

Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Susan Thornton was a guest on a Georgetown University podcast discussing U.S.-China relations.

Friday, March 8, 2019


In The Press

Huawei Suit Against U.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed

Bloomberg

Paul Tsai China Center Executive Director Robert D. Williams is quoted in an article about a federal lawsuit filed this week by Huawei Technologies Co. claiming a U.S. ban on government purchases of its equipment violates the Constitution.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


In The Press

Keeping Huawei Hardware Out of the U.S. Is Not Enough to Secure 5G—A Commentary by Tom Wheeler and Robert D. Williams

Lawfare

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. Tom Wheeler is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 2013 to 2017, he was the 31st chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


In The Press

Is Huawei a Pawn in the Trade War?—A Commentary by Robert D. Williams

Foreign Affairs

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, January 29, 2019


In The Press

US charges against Huawei are not directly tied to trade negotiations with Beijing, expert says

CNBC / Squawk Box

Robert Williams, Executive Director of the Paul Tsai China Center, is interviewed about U.S. criminal charges against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, currently incarcerated in Canada.