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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)

Friday, February 4, 2011

US consulate in Shanghai seeks commercial officer for IP matters

Here's a description I was sent:

This position is located in the U.S. Consulate Shanghai, China, Commercial Section.  The incumbent will serve as an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Commercial Officer in Shanghai for the US&FCS and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The position requires a law degree, and knowledge of all fields of IPR and international agreements governing IPR, including IPR office operation and administration, IPR training, and adherence to IPR standards of protection and enforcement.  As an IPR Commercial Officer, the incumbent will act as a resource on Shanghai's intellectual property regime for other U.S. Government agencies.  This position reports to the Commercial Service Principal Commercial Officer and must also coordinate with other parts of the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and the USPTO.

Full job announcement here.


February 4, 2011 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

International Bridges to Justice seeks China Program Director (Beijing-based)

The headline says it all. Job announcement here.

February 4, 2011 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Internships at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

I have received the following announcement:

Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Deadline: MARCH 1, 2011

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China ( is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1 , 2011 for the Summer 2011 internship that runs from June to August,  2011. Summer internships are generally full-time; interns are expected to work 40 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.
Summer 2011 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for the Summer internship may apply for the Fall (September-December) or Spring (February – May) internships. 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 graduate students, or recent graduates, undergraduate students and others are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions for Summer 2011:

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 March 1, 2011. All requested materials must be submitted and received by the CECC.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on March 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.

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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Internships at the Beijing Arbitration Commission

Click here for information.

December 11, 2010 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Yale China Law Center seeking Beijing fellow

I have been asked to post the following job announcement:

The China Law Center at Yale Law School is seeking applications from American-qualified lawyers for an open position of Fellow or Senior Fellow in the Center’s Beijing office.  This position requires working with senior Center staff to identify, design, and carry out research, academic exchange and collaborative projects involving U.S., Chinese, and other legal experts on topics relevant to Chinese law and policy reform. For details, please see this job posting.


November 7, 2010 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Natural Resources Defense Council seeks full-time staff attorney for Beijing office

Here's the job announcement, and here's a summary:

NRDC is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to be based in Beijing, China. The Staff Attorney will work to promote China’s environmental rule of law and legal development in support of NRDC’s strategic goals of greening China and improving public health. The Staff Attorney will be in charge of implementation of NRDC’s China environmental information disclosure and environmental health governance projects.

The job announcement says, "Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled." I note that a Chinese law degree is listed as one of the necessary qualifications for this post.

November 1, 2010 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Legal job opening at US Consulate, Shanghai

The position is in IPR protection. Announcement here.

October 31, 2010 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)