Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, June 21, 2012

China-related positions at the USTR; application deadline June 26

A colleague has brought the following opportunity to my attention: The USTR has advertised two attorney vacancies in the General Counsel’s office, at the GS-13 to GS-15 level. The key element appears to be the ability to read and analyze business and legal documents in Chinese. US citizenship is required, as is completion of a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and membership in a US bar.

Closing date:  June 26, 2012

Incumbent provides legal support for USTR personnel in connection with sectoral, bilateral, regional, and multinational trade negotiations.  Incumbent also provides legal advice and represents the United States in dispute settlement proceedings convened under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs), and other trade agreements.  In addition, incumbent provides legal advice to USTR personnel on U.S. trade law and policy, U.S. international trade obligations, foreign government compliance with trade agreement obligations, and the application and implementation of international trade agreements under U.S. law. The position requires the ability to read and analyze business and legal documents in Chinese.  Experience researching Chinese laws and measures and litigation experience are preferred.   The position requires familiarity with U.S. trade laws and U.S. rights and obligations under international trade agreements, particularly WTO agreements and U.S. FTAs.  In addition, the position requires familiarity with the operation of dispute settlement procedures under U.S. trade agreements and the reports of WTO and FTA dispute settlement bodies.  The position requires a high level of motivation, strong interpersonal skills, and management of a demanding workload.


June 21, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Two PTO attache positions open in China

Mark Cohen at the China IPR blog announces that "[w]ith the impending departures of Nancy Kremers in Beijing and Conrad Wong in Guangzhou, two key PTO positions in China are now opening up."

Please go to his blog post for fuller information and links to the official job postings.

June 7, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Congressional-Executive Commission on China seeks interns for fall 2012

Here's the announcement:


Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Deadline: July 1, 2012


The Congressional-Executive Commission on China ( is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming fall in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is July 1, 2012 for the Fall 2012 internship that runs from September to December 2012. Fall internships are part-time; interns are expected to work from 15 to 20 hours per week. See application instructions below.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women's rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission's Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

The CECC staff is committed to interns’ professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.

Fall 2012 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Fall 2012 internships may apply for the Spring (February-May) or Summer (June-August). Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at


  • Interns must be U.S. citizens.
  • Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
  • Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
  • Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions for Fall 2012:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at by July 1, 2012. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on July 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.


June 7, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Legal specialist position at US Embassy, Beijing (2)

I just posted a notice about the above position but hadn't read the job description. Now that I have, I really have to wonder whether anybody has thought this thing through. They are requiring someone with a Chinese lawyer certificate. This raises at least two questions:

  • Why? Nothing in the job requires somebody to engage in the practice of Chinese law, and indeed, anyone holding the job would probably be forbidden to do so, since practicing Chinese lawyers need to work in a properly registered law firm (or be properly registered solo practitioners). Of course, to ask for knowledge about the Chinese legal system is reasonable, and to make bar passage a proxy for such knowledge would be understandable (although inaccurate). But to have passed the bar is not the same as holding a Chinese lawyer certificate.
  • Holders of Chinese lawyers certificates must be Chinese nationals. Yet various aspects of the job description clearly contemplate that the successful applicant could be a US citizen.

Do they really mean to say that only Chinese nationals may apply? That's the effect of the lawyer certificate requirement, the need for which is not obvious in the first place.

I'll be happy to post any explanations or clarifications anyone wants to send me.

June 1, 2012 in Commentary, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Legal specialist position at US Embassy, Beijing

From the China IPR blog:

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing is seeking an individual for the position of Legal Specialist with the Political Section. This position works with the U.S. Department of Justice in Beijing.

Information can be found at

May 31, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ph.D. and lecturer positions available at Leiden Institute for Area Studies

I've received the following announcement:

New positions available at LIAS

Starting next academic year the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) has available 3 full-time four-year Ph.D. positions and one position for a lecturer/project coordinator in an ERC-funded project on economic stability and instability in China with particular reference to land, development and real estate.

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives. LIAS has as its aim the advancement of teaching and research of Area Studies at Leiden University and in the wider academic community. LIAS comprises the Schools of Asian Studies (SAS) and Middle Eastern Studies (SMES). Area specializations in SAS include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South & Southeast Asian and Tibetan Studies. LIAS staff have disciplinary expertise across the humanities and the social sciences.

Starting next academic year the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) has available 3 full-time four-year Ph.D. positions (starting 1 January 2013) and one position for a lecturer/project coordinator (starting 1 September 2012) in an ERC-funded project on economic stability and instability in China with particular reference to land, development and real estate. The project is hosted on behalf of LIAS by the Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC). MEARC is based in LIAS. Its mission is to support, showcase, and stimulate inter-disciplinary and inter-faculty research on modern East Asia at Leiden University. MEARC Co-Director Prof. Dr. Peter Ho has a Starting Grant for Consolidators from the European Research Council (ERC), for a project on the much-debated question of China’s economic stability from the perspective of land and real estate. The PhD candidates and lecturer/project coordinator will join the research team for the ERC project. For more info see

Please send your application electronically indicating the vacancy number (see following pdf documents) before the deadline of Wednesday 20 June 2012 Interviews are planned to take place in the last week of June and/or the first week of July 2012. 

For more information, please refer to the following documents in pdf: 3 Ph.D. positions and position for a lecturer/project leader.


May 29, 2012 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Internship for law students at Taipei law firm

I have received the following announcement:

Taipei law firm Winkler Partners is looking for an intern for the summer of 2012 (c. June to August).

You will need to be currently enrolled in law school for us to get work authorization.

The basic qualifications include good analytic, research, and writing skills. We will try to pair you with an intern from a Taiwanese law school.

You do not need to know any Chinese for this position although it would be helpful.

Your duties would include curating social media sites, writing updates on legal topics, and light case work for 15-20 hours per week. The pay is US$8 per hour (the same as what the Taiwanese intern will receive) and you will have to cover your own travel to and living expenses in Taipei (very roughly, about US$700 per month on a tight student budget).

This position would be ideal for a current law student who would also like to study Chinese over the summer since we are located conveniently close to both National Taiwan University (ICLP) and National Taiwan Normal University (Shida Mandarin Training Center).

Please send a resume and a brief writing sample to the attention of Gladys Kao ( if you are interested.

April 2, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

CECC seeks professional staff

I have received the following announcement:

CECC Employment Announcement--Professional Staff Members

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is a bipartisan commission created by Congress in 2000 to monitor and report on human rights and rule of law developments in China. The Commission consists of Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, and senior officials from the Administration. The Commission holds hearings, issues an Annual Report, and maintains a database of political prisoners in China, among other activities. For more information on the Commission, see

The Commission is seeking professional staff members to assist in monitoring and reporting on substantive issues, including worker rights, criminal justice, freedom of residence and movement, access to justice, Xinjiang, ethnic minority rights, freedom of religion, civil society, North Korean Refugees in China, and property in China. The professional staff member will assist in assessing China's compliance or noncompliance with international human rights standards and Chinese domestic law. Successful candidates should have substantive background and/or an interest in one or more of these issue areas. Successful candidates should also possess the necessary Chinese language, English writing, and communication skills to effectively research, analyze, and explain such developments to U.S. policymakers and the broader public.

Main duties:

  • Monitoring and researching Chinese and English language sources (media, government, NGO) for developments relating to their issue area.
  • Identifying and analyzing key developments and reporting their significance orally and in writing, including through drafting sections of the Commission's Annual Reports, short analysis pieces, public statements, and press releases.
  • Researching political prisoner cases and creating and maintaining case records in the CECC Political Prisoner Database.
  • Assisting in organizing CECC public hearings and roundtables.
  • Staff member also may be asked to travel to U.S. cities, China or other foreign locations on official business.


  • Candidates must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Very strong demonstrated ability to speak, read, write, and perform research in Chinese (Mandarin) is required.
  • The successful candidate will likely have worked or studied in mainland China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  • Candidates will preferably have a law degree or a Ph.D. or M.A. in political science, history, business, economics, or other social sciences. B.A. candidates with very strong credentials will also be considered.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and the interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to work under tight deadlines and as part of a team.

Application Procedure:

  • Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, short writing sample (10 pages or less), and the names and contact information for two references to Judy Wright, CECC Director of Administration, via e-mail at or via FAX at 202-226-3804. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by 11:59 PM, EST. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
  • The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is an equal opportunity employer.


March 25, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ricci dictionary of Chinese law (French/English/Chinese) seeks English proofreaders

Here's a communication I recently received on what sounds like a worthy project:

The Ricci Dictionary of Chinese Law is a trilingual Chinese law dictionary project (Chinese to English / Chinese to French) which is currently ran by a team of practicing and academic lawyers with various legal backgrounds. It is part of a wider dictionary project, the “Grand Ricci” which is the reference Chinese to French dictionary and one of the world’s most complete Chinese to foreign language dictionaries (approx. 13,500 Chinese characters and more than 300,000 terms).

Our project started six years ago and recently reached an advanced stage with more than 23,000 Chinese legal terms listed and translated in both English and French.We are looking for native English speakers to proofread the English translations for these entries. Proofreading will be carried using an online editing tool (web database). Candidates must ideally possess or be in the process of completing a law degree and should be familiar with Chinese legal terms. Ability to read French would be a must. Compensation is to be discussed and will depend on the availability of the candidate.

If you are interested, please submit your resume to Hubert BAZIN, project coordinator (hubert.bazin (at)

March 13, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities, Other, Publications | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Summer internships at the CECC

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China is looking for summer interns; application deadline is March 1. Here's the announcement. More details available here.

February 9, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Yale China Law Center seeks research associate for Beijing office

It's a one-year position and begins this summer. Here's the announcement.

February 9, 2012 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ford Foundation seeks program officer for law-related initiatives in China

Here's a terrific opportunity for the right person; the current program officer, Ira Belkin, is moving to New York to take up the position of Executive Director at NYU Law School's US-Asia Law Institute.

Here's a summary:

  • Job title: Program Officer, Reforming Civil and Criminal Justice Systems – China | Equality and Justice Unit | Democracy, Rights and Justice (Ford Foundation)
  • First sentence of summary description:  The Program Officer will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and coordinating grant making in support of China’s national efforts at legal reform and establishing a society under the Rule of Law.
  • Application deadline: March 14, 2012

Here's the full text of the announcement, including contact information.

February 8, 2012 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

PILnet seeks country director for China

Monday, November 21, 2011

ABA Rule of Law Initiative seeks deputy country director for China

Here's the announcement. They are looking for someone with (1) a Juris Doctor or equivalent law degree; (2) at least five years of practical legal experience, with a minimum of one year working on donor-funded international legal reform programs, preferably in China; (3) demonstrated planning, management, analytical, and writing skills; (4) fluency in English; (5) proficiency in both written and spoken standard Chinese (Mandarin); (6) excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills; and (7) familiarity with the Chinese legal system, as well as the current political and cultural context.

The position is available immediately; they are looking at applications on a rolling basis, so hurry! (On the other hand, are there many people out there who have those qualifications?)

November 21, 2011 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Job opportunity: Chair in Chinese Law at Univ. of Sydney

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Patent and Trademark Office seeks attorney-advisor for China Team

Here's the job announcement. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2011.

September 21, 2011 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

University of Washington School of Law seeks faculty director for Asian Law Center

This is a great opportunity for the right person. Veronica Taylor, the former faculty director, left a terrific structure in place as her legacy, and the UW has accomplished Asianists (especially China scholars) in a wide variety of fields. Here's the announcement:

Here's the Asian Law Center's web site.

September 21, 2011 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Leitner Center Asia Law and Justice Fellowship (Fordham Law School, New York)

Here's the announcement. The deadline for applications is January 30, 2012.

September 14, 2011 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Legal position at Beijing office of Natural Resources Defense Council

Here's a short description of the position:

The Senior Attorney and Director of the China Environmental Law & Governance Project serves as a member of the China Program leadership team, and leads a team of professionals to develop more effective environmental governance in China. This includes work to improve environmental protection through legislative advocacy, capacity building programs, and research on pollution reduction, rule of law, transparency, public interest litigation, and public health. The Senior Attorney also serves as one of the senior representatives of NRDC’s Beijing office, and engages in program outreach, fundraising and other institutional work for NRDC.

Here's the full announcement. Application deadline is not stated but applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The first qualified person gets it, I guess.

May 15, 2011 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Landesa seeks Land Tenure Specialist for Beijing office

Landesa (formerly the Rural Development Institute) is seeking a land tenure specialist for its Beijing office. This is a reputable organization that does very interesting work. The announcement is below; applicants must be PRC nationals qualified to work in China.

Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) now invites quality candidates to submit applications and join our team in China in our mission to improve the livelihood of the country’s rural poor and promote rule of law by securing land rights and reducing poverty.

About Landesa

Grounded in the knowledge that having legal rights to land is a foundation for prosperity and opportunity, Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute in 1967, Landesa has helped more than 100 million poor families gain legal control over their land.  With secure land rights, these families can eat better, earn more, educate their children, practice conservation, and achieve dignity for generations. For more info, please refer to

Position Overview

The Land Tenure Specialist will be based in Beijing and reports to the China Country Director. This is a core position and its principal duty is to provide legal, policy, and implementation expertise on aspects of rural land tenure security. For more details, please refer to this job description.

To Apply

To apply, please submit cover letter and CV (in both Chinese and English) by April 22, 2011 to with the title in the subject line.

Ping Li |
Senior Attorney
Suite 502, Building No. 8, Wanda Plaza
93 Jiangguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100022
T: 86.10.5820.5271 ext. 502 F: 86.10.5820.5273
Securing land rights for the world's poorest

April 2, 2011 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)