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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Tuesday, July 31, 2018


In The Press

In Trade War With China, U.S. Can’t Get Out of Its Own Way—A Commentary by Shannon Togawa Mercer and Robert D. Williams

Lawfare

Shannon Togawa Mercer is a Senior Editor at Lawfare and Robert D. Williams is Executive Director of the Paul Tsai China Center, as well as Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


In The Press

The Liberal Order Is More Than a Myth—A Commentary by Rebecca Friedman Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper

Foreign Affairs

Mira Rapp-Hooper is a Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School and Rebecca Friedman Lissner is a Research Fellow at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


In The Press

The Innovation-Security Conundrum in U.S.-China Relations—A Commentary by 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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


In The Press

In Trade War With China, U.S. Can’t Get Out of Its Own Way—A Commentary by Shannon Togawa Mercer and Robert D. Williams

Lawfare

Shannon Togawa Mercer is a Senior Editor at Lawfare and Robert D. Williams is Executive Director of the Paul Tsai China Center, as well as Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


In The Press

The Liberal Order Is More Than a Myth—A Commentary by Rebecca Friedman Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper

Foreign Affairs

Mira Rapp-Hooper is a Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School and Rebecca Friedman Lissner is a Research Fellow at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


In The Press

The Innovation-Security Conundrum in U.S.-China Relations—A Commentary by 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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


In The Press

The Singapore summit’s three big takeaways—A Commentary by Mira Rapp-Hooper

The Washington Post

Mira Rapp-Hooper is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


In The Press

Key Summit Issue is Defining Denuclearization

Bloomberg

Mira Rapp-Hooper, a senior fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center and senior research scholar, was interviewed about the North Korea summit.

Thursday, May 31, 2018


In The Press

What a Trump-Kim Deal Could Look Like, From Good to Bad to Worse

Bloomberg

Mira Rapp-Hooper, a senior fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center and senior research scholar, is quoted in an article about a possible Trump-Kim summit.