Robert D. Williams

Senior Research Scholar in Law; and Executive Director, Paul Tsai China Center
(on leave)

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2010

B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2005

Courses Taught
  • Contemporary China Research Seminar
  • Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform
  • Chinese Law and Policy
  • Law and U.S.-China Relations
Robert D. Williams

Robert D. Williams is a Senior Research Scholar in Law and the Executive Director of the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School, where he focuses on U.S.-China relations and Chinese law and policy. He is also a Lecturer in Global Affairs at Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs. He earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was co-founder and editor in chief of the Harvard National Security Journal. Following law school, he clerked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice and for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was an attorney in private practice before coming to Yale, and has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State.