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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Conference in Chicago: "Chinese Legal Reform at Crossroads"

I've been asked to post the following announcement. Actually, I was asked in February, but I'm behind on my e-mail. Blame me, not the organizers, for the fact that the deadline for submitting abstracts has already passed. Sorry about that.

The OYCF-University of Chicago Conference on

“China’s Legal Reform at Crossroads”

--- The 12th OYCF Annual Meeting


A conference on the theme “China’s Legal Reform at Crossroads” will take place on May 29-30, 2010 at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.  The conference is being planned by the Overseas Young Chinese Forum, with co-sponsorship from the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Chicago.

The thematic choice of this year’s conference is in accordance with OYCF’s commitment to China’s development and advancement.  In the past eleven years OYCF annual meetings have covered a variety of topics related to the development of China, including sustainable development, civil society, women, rural problems, social classes, cultural production, globalization and nationalism, and the financial crisis.  We believe the reform of China’s legal system from 1979 to the present is a topic of equal importance and deserves our attention.

We call for paper submissions from all disciplines working in the China field.  Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Legislative changes and debates in different areas of Chinese law;
  • Reform of the Chinese judicial system;
  • Development of the Chinese legal profession;
  • Reform of the Chinese criminal justice system;
  • Impact of the Communist Party and the government on the legal system;
  • Mediation, letters and petition, and other alternative channels of dispute resolution;
  • Legal consciousness and mobilization of Chinese citizens.

The conference is bi-lingual so the papers can be written and delivered in either English or Chinese.  Deadline for submitting an abstract (1-2 pages) is April 2, 2010 (Friday), along with a brief C.V. that lists your credentials (e.g., professional experience and/or publications).  Please send your materials or inquiry via email to  A notification of acceptance will be sent by April 16, 2010 (Friday).

The OYCF will publish a summary of the conference panels and selected papers on its electronic journal “Perspectives: China and the World.”  For more details about the OYCF annual meetings, please visit:

The Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF)  OYCF is a self-governing non-profit organization established in 1999 to provide a forum to discuss issues related to China’s development and to explore solutions.  Among other activities, OYCF sponsors teaching and research in China, publishes an on-line journal (Perspectives: China and the World), organizes local discussion groups, publishes book series, and holds a conference each year.  OYCF’s annual conference is increasingly becoming a major forum for China-related studies.  For more information about OYCF, please visit the organization’s website:

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Chicago works to enhance opportunities available to scholars both in the United States and abroad, and to foster communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration among the community of professors and students at the University of Chicago and throughout the wider East Asian Studies community.  To these ends CEAS and its Committees sponsor a variety of activities including colloquia, workshops, conferences, public lectures, film series, cultural events, and other programs that promote understanding of the cultures and societies of China, Japan, and Korea.  University of Chicago faculty and programs in East Asian studies regularly achieve the highest rankings among peer institutions in the United States, making East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago an invaluable national resource and a focal point for East Asian Studies in the Midwest.  For more information about the CEAS at the University of Chicago, please visit

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