About Us

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

In interaction with research and teaching at Yale, the Paul Tsai China Center works collaboratively with a broad range of top experts in the Chinese government, universities, and civil society on concrete projects designed to have a positive practical impact. Our Center has an established track record in helping to further a broad range of legal reforms in China. Cooperative projects have focused particularly on issues of judicial reform, administrative and regulatory reform, antidiscrimination, criminal justice, and other aspects of public interest law. Projects involve a range of activities, including workshops and seminars in the United States and China, research visits to Yale and to China, and books or articles by Chinese or U.S. scholars.

The Center's work also includes a range of efforts on U.S.-China relations more broadly, including analyzing and recommending U.S. government policies and leading dialogues with Chinese counterparts that bring together former senior government officials and top experts from both countries to address a broad range of economic, security, and political issues in the U.S.–China relationship. Areas of focus include multilateral diplomacy with U.S. allies and partners, technology and trade policy, Asia-Pacific regional security issues, and human rights policies, among others. The Center also hosts top Chinese and U.S. scholars and policy practitioners at Yale as guests and visiting scholars who produce original research and interact with the broader Yale community.

Contact Information


Paul Tsai China Center
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520

E-mail: china.law@yale.edu

Facsimile: (203) 436-2620

Phone: (203) 436-0517


Paul Tsai China Center
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Office Location:

Baker Hall
40 Ashmun Street
New Haven, CT