Paul Tsai China Center faculty regularly teach at Yale Law School, with courses that are typically open to others in the Yale community. These have included courses in U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Foreign Policy and Law, a weekly Workshop on China-related issues, as well as supervision of individual students’ research projects.
In Spring 2016 and Spring 2017, China Center faculty taught the Contemporary China Research Seminar at Yale Law School, in which students produced original research on issues of U.S.–China relations or Chinese legal reform, meeting regularly as a group to discuss readings and engage with distinguished guest speakers (both Chinese and American).
In prior years, China Center faculty have led a weekly Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform, which provides students and faculty an opportunity to learn about the Chinese legal system through discussions of papers on law and policy reform topics presented by Center staff, fellows, visiting Chinese scholars, and distinguished guest speakers.
We anticipate that in most futures years either the Research Seminar or Workshop will be course offerings. In addition, with the approval of Center Director Paul Gewirtz, Yale Law School students may make arrangements to undertake for-credit “Individual Research” with the goal of producing a publishable paper.
Contemporary China Research Seminar
The Contemporary China Research Seminar, taught by Center faculty and fellows, provides students an opportunity to undertake original publishable research about contemporary China, including issues related to Chinese legal, political, and economic systems, as well as issues related to U.S.–China relations. The Seminar meets during the first half of the semester to discuss readings and to meet with distinguished guest speakers (both Chinese and American) as a group. The second half of the Seminar focuses on the students’ individual research, including presentations of their papers. The Contemporary China Research Seminar was offered in Spring 2016.
Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform
The Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform provides students and faculty an opportunity to learn about the Chinese legal system through discussions of papers on law and policy reform topics presented by Center faculty, fellows, visiting Chinese scholars, and distinguished guest speakers (both Chinese and American). The Workshop has come to serve as a focal point within Yale Law School — and increasingly within Yale University as a whole — for faculty and students with an interest in China and in exploring issues related to Chinese law and policy reform.