Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Asia Foundation seeks country representative for China

I have received the following announcement. Note that the application deadline is December 19, 2014.

Country Representative

Beijing, China

The Asia Foundation is seeking a Country Representative who is the senior-most Asia Foundation (Foundation) employee in China and leads all programs, operations, and external relations in accordance with Foundation strategies and policy guidelines. The Country Representative is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation’s work in China, including new program development; the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of program activities; and the development of effective working relationships with the host government, donors, partner agencies, diplomatic missions, national and international institutions, and the media. This position also oversees financial and grant management, administration, and security; the direction, supervision, and evaluation of employees; and fundraising and the diversification of donor support. The Country Representative is based in Beijing, reports to a U.S. headquarters, and is supported by a Deputy Country Representative.



Daily direction and supervision of national and international employees; regular direction of consultants; occasional contact with interns and external Foundation contractors.

Frequent contact with the Senior Director of Field Representation and Operations and the Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer.

Regular contact with Foundation Country Representatives and Deputy Country Representatives in Asia, the Chief Financial Officer and Financial Services staff, Vice President and Program unit staff including Theme Directors, fundraising staff from Public Sector Development Services and Resource Development units, Vice President and Washington, D.C. office staff, Chief Communications Officer and Global Communications unit staff, the Chief Human Resource Officer and Human Resources unit staff, and the Internal Audit unit. Occasional contact with the Foundation President and Board of Trustees members.


Frequent contact with senior host government officials, heads of agencies, national and international partners and grantees in China. Regular contact with senior members of bi-lateral and multi-lateral development assistance agencies; foundation, private sector and individual donors; senior personnel in key diplomatic missions; national and international NGO directors and staff; professional associations; U.S., international, and national academic institutions; corporate and business leaders; and national and international media.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Office and Operational Management: Manages and supervises office operations, including compliance with local tax, labor law, and other regulations, establishment and maintenance of legal standing agreements and program-level memoranda as necessary, and development and strengthening of operational policies and systems.

Ensures that all office staff understand and comply with all Foundation policies, including but not limited to ethics, conflict of interest, prevention of fraud, gender equality, child protection, and sexual harassment policies. Oversees and ensures safety and security of Foundation staff and facilities; raises staff safety awareness, undertakes risk assessments, and develops and implements crisis management plans in accordance with Foundation protocols.

Program Development and Management: Tracks and analyzes updated information on socio-economic, political and foreign policy dynamics and trends in China. Leads implementation of an integrated country strategy in compliance with the Foundation’s thematic, program, operational and financial strategies and priorities. Develops and ensures timely submission of annual plans and reports; responsible for achievement of objectives; leads program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Assures the quality, impact/ scale and cost-effectiveness of the country program through a combination of grants, technical assistance, and direct Foundation implemented activities. Develops and implements pro-active fundraising strategies to diversify funding sources and achieve program and management objectives; prepares proposals in accordance with Foundation and donor protocols and guidelines. Mobilizes in-country, regional and international technical expertise and resources from Foundation staff and external consultants as required for program development, implementation and evaluation. Develops and submits timely reports as required; maintains, updates and ensures the availability of accurate program information, documentation and publications as necessary.

Financial Management and Administration: Develops project budgets, the fiscal year country budget and spending projections; ensures that budgets and spending projections are kept up-to-date and relevant; ensures expenditures are within approved budgets and that spending targets are met. Ensures compliance with all financial and accounting procedures, and grant and contract requirements; prepares and submits timely financial reports to the Foundation and donors as required.

Promotes financial accountability and transparency. Establishes administrative, grant management and financial policies and practices within established Foundation requirements; ensures proper systems are in place for the controls of all assets, funds, equipment, property, and facilities.

Supervision and Staff Development: Oversees the recruitment, orientation, training, supervision and promotion of international and national staff, consultants and interns. Establishes and maintains transparent personnel management, benefits and compensation policies and practices in accordance with Foundation policies and local labor laws. Oversees staff performance evaluation and planning systems and process; identifies opportunities for the professional development of national and international staff. Designs and implements an effective staff hierarchy and organizational structure consistent with Foundation policies and commensurate with scale and scope of program and operational requirements.

Representation: Establishes and maintains effective, professional and senior-level relationships with the host government, national institutions, program partners, development assistance agencies, donors, diplomatic missions, national and international NGOs, professional associations, academic and national institutions.

Establishes and maintains constructive public relations in China; ensures professional standard of Foundation facilities; assures positive profile through media coverage of programs and events.

Participates in meetings and events to enhance public awareness of the Foundation and to expand the Foundation's professional network and access to relevant information. Prepares articles, written materials and documentation for publication; contributes to scholarly or development community knowledge about China, development programs, issues and/or trends. Participates in Foundation meetings and other relevant professional forums and events.

Other: Participates in Foundation-led initiatives, task-forces, committees and strategic planning processes. Provides support as warranted to other Foundation offices in program development, proposal writing, representation or other activities. Undertakes other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS: Experience and Skills: Minimum of seven years of professional experience managing international development programs or organizations in Asia. Minimum of three years of professional experience in China. Experience dealing with complex and sensitive political environments. Successful track record of fundraising from the U.S. government and at least one additional donor. This should include experience in proposal writing or managing proposal teams, and building and maintaining relationships with donors. Significant experience supervising multi-disciplinary teams with strong staff management and teambuilding skills. Excellent financial management skills including effective budget and grants oversight. Strong representational and diplomacy skills; analytical and problem solving skills; verbal and written communication skills; and interpersonal and intercultural skills. Preferred: Language proficiency in Mandarin; Familiarity with Asia Foundation programs.

Education and Technical Expertise: Master’s degree or doctorate degree in a relevant field, such as political science, law, public policy, international development, economics, foreign affairs or Asian Studies. Substantive knowledge of the Foundation’s key programming areas in China, including U.S.-China relations, legal reform, charity sector development, environmental protection, disaster management, and engagement with China on development cooperation.

TO APPLY: The Asia Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. To apply please submit your application directly by visiting our website and selecting "Regular Employment." The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please. Application Deadline: December 19, 2014. Please place your cover letter and resume in one document and submit it as an attachment. We will only consider applicants who apply online and provide a cover letter along with their resume.

December 4, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Chair in Chinese law available at Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

Here's a great opportunity for the right person. Note that the application deadline is July 6, 2014.

June 5, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities, News - Chinese Law | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

China-related position open at Commerce

Here's the announcement at Mark Cohen's China IPR blog. Application deadline is just a few days away.

May 15, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

IP position with US Fortune 500 company in Shanghai

Here's the announcement over on Mark Cohen's China IPR blog.

May 7, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

China-EU School of Law (China) seeks assistant professors with European law degrees

I have received an announcement about positions available at the China-EU School of Law; please click on this link for details. The application deadline is May 10th.



April 30, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Job opportunity: lead analyst positions at China Policy

I have received the following announcement of job openings, including one in governance and law, from my friend David Kelly at China Policy. Note that only Chinese nationals can be considered.

China Policy is seeking lead analysts in our key sectors: Economy; Energy, Resources and EnvironmentGovernance and Law, Social Policy and Agriculture Food and Water Security. These positions are well-suited to recent PhDs returning to China for employment. Visa restrictions mean only PRC passport holders can be considered. See our website for job descriptions.

A little bit about CP

China Policy is an evidence-based, knowledge-intensive information and advisory company registered in Beijing and operating worldwide. CP has in a few short years gained a growing client base among government, corporations and international organisations.

Our operations cluster around cp.context, an online research and learning tool. This supports regular publications: cp.leads, which is widely distributed, and cp.briefsand cp.records that are client-only publications The comprehensive policy records appear monthly, with one record for each of our major policy sectors (Governance and Law; Economy; Social Policy; Energy, Resources and Environment and Agriculture Food and Water Security) appearing in sequence weekly.

Staff producing these cutting-edge services all meet professional requirements in relevant disciplines as well as in Chinese and English. Junior staff are for the most part at grad student level, and lead analysts at PhD level or with equivalent work experience in one of the sectors.

April 29, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ABA Rule of Law Initiative seeks Law Fellow for Beijing office

I have received the following announcement:

Law Fellow, ABA ROLI China

Beijing, China


ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform initiatives in roughly 60 countries around the world, with nearly 700 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI has been working with local partners in China to implement legal reform projects since 1998. The ABA ROLI China program has provided training, supported practical research, supplied technical comparative expertise and facilitated professional exchange relationships between Chinese legal reformers and their counterparts abroad. Local partnership and collaboration lies at the heart of ABA ROLI’s programs, whose partners include China’s judiciary, bar associations, universities, civil society organizations and legal scholars.

Position Summary

The ABA ROLI China Law Fellowship is a one-year, unpaid fellowship that provides recent law school graduates with the opportunity to work with our Beijing-based team to support legal reform initiatives in collaboration with Chinese partners. Law Fellows provide assistance with research, implementation and evaluation of programs, and outreach efforts. Our programs cover a broad range of substantive areas including women’s rights, the rights of the disabled, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and civil society capacity building. Competitive candidates will have a background in China, experience living and/ or working in China, and will be proficient in Mandarin.


• Assist with legal research;
• Assist with the design, implementation and evaluation of programs; and
• Assist with the development of outreach materials.


• Must have a JD or equivalent degree
• Excellent analytical, writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills
• Knowledge of China, including the legal system and the current political and cultural context
• Fluency in English required and proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin) preferred

Interested individuals should send a brief (1-2 pages maximum) cover letter, CV, and 2 references in English by email to Ms. Winona Qi at:

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. ABA-ROLI will contact only those candidates whom it selects for interviews.

April 2, 2014 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA Rule of Law Initiative: Internship opening, Beijing office

I have received the following announcement:

ABA Rule of Law Initiative

Summer and Fall 2014

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative seeks candidates to work as legal interns on a variety of legal assistance projects being implemented from the Beijing program office of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative China Program is a public service project that provides technical assistance in support of justice reforms and capacity building. ABA’s program office in Beijing, with support from Washington, D.C.-based staff, supports a variety of legal reforms and legal training projects in China, in partnership with Chinese civil society organizations, universities, and law professionals. Interns will have the opportunity to meet and support the work of Chinese civil society advocates and public interest lawyers.

Legal interns will report to Program Managers and assist with program implementation in one or more program areas, including environmental protection, criminal justice, civil society development and intellectual property rights. Work duties of the legal interns will include:

• Monitoring program progress and assisting Program Managers in implementing and reporting on programs;
• Monitoring new developments and current events related to issues in the media, social networks, and other information outlets;
• Researching and writing on legal issues and current events;
• Reviewing and organizing relevant resource materials in ABA program library;
• Translating program documents and news articles between Chinese and English;
• Accompanying foreign visitor experts in China and assisting with communications through informal interpretation; and
• General administrative assistance including: assisting with event preparations and implementation, and other administrative assistance to ABA staff as needed.

• Candidate for B.A. or Masters/ JD in Law or related field;
• Fluency in both spoken and written Mandarin and English;
• Strong sense of responsibility and ability to work independently;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Professional demeanor; and
• Experience in a bilingual work environment or an international NGO is a plus

Internships will be part-time with a minimum commitment for the summer holiday break or the fall academic semester. Flexible working hours are anticipated. Interns will receive a small stipend.

Interested candidates should send a brief (1-2 pages maximum) cover letter indicating their experience and interest in legal development activities in China, their available dates, and their resume in English by email to Ms. Winona Qi at:

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

April 2, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Environmental Defense Fund seeks Senior Policy Director for China

The post will remain open until filled, so interested persons should apply as soon as possible. The job announcement is attached here. According to the job announcement, the location is "ideally" Washington, DC.

April 1, 2014 in Current Affairs, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Job opening: USPTO China team attorney advisor

Thanks to Mark Cohen at the China IPR blog for posting. Here's the link to his post, which contains further necessary links.

March 19, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

USPTO China position open for applications

More detail over at Mark Cohen's China IPR blog. Deadline: Jan. 30, 2014.

January 18, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

China-related assistant deanship at Univ. of Wisconsin Law School

The University of Wisconsin Law School is looking for an assistant dean for graduate programs, a post that involves extensive work related to China, Thailand, and other Asian countries. Here's the job posting.

November 12, 2013 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Teaching positions at Peking Univ. School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen

I have received the following announcement:

Job Posting: 2014-15 Teaching Fellowships

at Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL)

in Shenzhen, China


In 2008, Peking University, China’s oldest and most distinguished university, opened the first law school to offer a J.D. program in mainland China.  The program closely follows the model of J.D. education in the United States, focusing on American law, but within a transnational perspective. The Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) is located on the University’s graduate and professional campus in Shenzhen, which is adjacent to Hong Kong. Shenzhen is a vibrant, modern international city of fifteen million people. Enrollment at STL is very small compared to law schools in the United States – there are about 90 students in each class. Virtually all students are native speakers of Chinese, who speak English as a second language.  Admission is highly selective based on prior academic performance, scores on a national qualifying examination and the LSAT, and a rigorous interview.  The quality of the student body is comparable to that at the most prestigious law schools in the United States. Instruction is entirely in English.


For 2014-15, STL will appoint up to ten C.V. Starr Lecturers (CVSLs) in the Transnational Legal Practice Program. The program provides first-year and second-year students with intensive instruction in legal analysis, legal research and writing, and other professional and legal skills necessary for the practice of law in a global environment.  The Starr Lecturers work with students in small classes of about 10-12 to develop written and oral skills.  The CVSLs also co-teach the Legal Method course. The CVSLs are considered to be part of the faculty of STL and play a fully integrated, active role in the intellectual life of the law school. The appointments are for one year with the possibility of extension.


To be considered, a candidate for this position must hold a J.D. degree (or expect graduation in this academic year) and have native fluency in English.  Candidates should be responsible, enthusiastic, hard working, and adventurous.  Ability to speak Mandarin is useful for living in Shenzhen, but not necessary for the program.


CVSLs will be expected to arrive in Shenzhen in mid-August 2014, and be in residence throughout the academic year, which runs to the end of June 2015 (with an approximate one month break around the lunar new year).  Fellows will receive a private room with bath in the student and faculty campus housing complex, comprehensive medical insurance, roundtrip transportation from the United States or other country of origin, and a stipend of US$2000 per month (or the equivalent in RMB). While this is a modest amount by United States standards, given the cost of living in China prior CVSLs have found it to be sufficient to cover board, incidental living expenses and some travel in and around China during school breaks.


For more information about the STL see our website Please submit resumes and covering material via email to: 


Vice Dean Stephen Yandle


We will begin reviewing applications September 1, 2013, with the goal of completing the selection process by the end of 2013.  We will accept applications until all of the positions have been filled.

November 3, 2013 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Opening for fellow at Cornell's Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture

I have received the following announcement:

Clarke Program Fellow 

Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, Law School

Cornell University

Meridian 180, a new community of prominent intellectuals and policy makers in Asia, the United States and around the world interested in new ways of thinking about law and markets broadly conceived, seeks to hire a Fellow at its center of operations at Cornell University, in Ithaca New York beginning no later than September 1, 2014. The aim of Meridian 180 is to generate new paradigms and solutions for the next generation of transpacific relations. The Fellow will play an integral part in this mission through translation, research, and outreach to wider public and policy communities.

Meridian 180 is a project of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture at the Cornell Law School. It is a non-profit, non-political project funded through private donations and with support from Cornell Law School. It is comprised of Senior Fellows and of Members in law, the academy, private practice and policy circles who meet regularly via an on-line platform supporting multilingual conversations, as well as periodically in face to face conferences. Ideas that emerge from these conversations are then incubated and developed, with the help of the Fellow, into forms in which they can make a difference in each individual society—ranging from policy papers to academic books, blog entries, and individual conversations with policy makers.

The Fellow will be responsible for the day to day maintenance and translation of on-line dialogues. He or she will also (1) work with other Fellows to draft, create, and translate various elements of the Meridian 180 project, (2) help organize conferences and workshops in the US and the Asia Pacific Region, (3) administer various day-to-day aspects of the project, and (4) take initiative, in coordination with the Director and other members of the team, to develop new features and projects to further the goals of the Meridian 180 project.

Duties and responsibilities (with approximate % of work time):

  • Day to day translation of on-line dialogues on (30%): The Fellow will provide on-line translations from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese of participants’ interventions on the website. This will be a daily task and translations typically must be completed within a 24 hour period.
  • Work with other Fellows and Meridian 180 members to produce publications emerging from on-line conversations (25%): The Fellow will work with other Fellows, Meridian 180 members, and other Meridian 180 staff to write/edit/research/produce the final versions of conversations that will be made publicly available, either on or in other venues (in electronic format or in print – policy papers, books, op-eds, etc.).
  • Work with the Director on strategic planning (10%): The Fellow will help develop new research and outreach initiatives for both and the Clarke Program. The Fellow will help identify emerging scholars whose work should be promoted and/or included on and more generally via the Clarke Program.
  • Conferences and Website Maintenance (15%): The Fellow will work on larger Clarke Program projects, related or not to In particular, he or she will help with the organization of the conferences which, each year, will convene Meridian 180 members to further and promote the ideas developed in on-line conversations. The Fellow will also take initiative in managing the various features on Meridian 180 website.
  • Individual research (20%, i.e. 8h/week) The Fellow is also expected to pursue his or her own individual academic research and writing leading toward publications and conference presentations. It may be possible to take this research time in one block during a portion of the summer break.

Qualifications and requirements

  • law degree (JD or LLB) or PhD in the humanities or social sciences in hand by July 1, 2014.
  • fluency in English and Chinese. Some level of familiarity with Japanese and/or Korean a plus (but not necessary).
  • experience as translator or interpreter.
  • must be comfortable with basic computer and internet operations; familiarity with programming (Drupal, PHP, commonspot) a plus (but not necessary)
  • entrepreneurial initiative; independence, ability to work in teams, maturity, writing skills, research/scholarly experience, organization, focus, interest in the future of the East Asia-US relationship, familiarity with the Chinese academia, willingness to work on administrative task such as updating databases, communicating with institutions within Cornell University, and other miscellaneous day-to-day tasks, willingness to learn new skills, particularly in relation to computer and internet technology.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample by December 13, 2013 to Donna Hastings at

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.


November 2, 2013 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Job opportunity with The Rights Practice in Beijing

I have received the following announcement:

The Rights Practice is looking for a project officer to join its Beijing office and support the organisation’s growing programme in China.
We are seeking a motivated and experienced individual to support the delivery of our programme in China. As part of a small team you will have responsibility for supporting our programme manager and local partners in the implementation of a number of law and human rights projects.
You will need to be educated to degree level, preferably in law or human rights, have some relevant work experience, and be supportive of our work. Good communication skills in English, fluency in Chinese and an attention to detail under pressure are essential. We particularly welcome applicants with knowledge of criminal justice in China. The successful applicant must be able to live in Beijing and we cannot pay any relocation costs. For further information please see our website
To apply, please submit by email your CV and a cover letter to Nicola Macbean at Please submit your application as soon as possible or email first to indicate your interest. We are seeking to appoint someone by the end of November 2013.

November 2, 2013 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Position Vacancy: USPTO Attaché at US Consulate in Shanghai

Thanks to Mark Cohen at the China IPR blog for passing this on. Here's the link.

October 30, 2013 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Job openings in the Chinese law field

Some job openings related to Chinese law have come up recently:

  • Great Britain China Center: "The Great Britain–China Centre is seeking a Deputy Director to develop its partnership project work in China in the field of rule of law development and to lead new initiatives in such areas as legal, judicial and media reform, good governance, management training and political and economic dialogues with China." Details here.
  • ABA Rule of Law Initiative: "ABA ROLI seeks candidates to fill one Program Officer position based in Beijing, China. The Program Officer, working under the supervision of the Country Director and Deputy Country Director, will be responsible for managing and implementing cooperative training, policy, research, and networking projects primarily in the areas of environmental law and civil society capacity building." Details here.

HT: Mark Cohen.

October 1, 2013 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

US Department of Justice seeks Resident Legal Advisor for China

Here’s the announcement (with links), from the China IPR blog:

April 30, 2013 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Senior China-related position at USTR

I hear that the China Affairs Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC is now hiring since one of the key people is leaving. They are looking for someone who can lead trade negotiations and who is relatively senior.

Here’s the announcement:

April 17, 2013 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CECC seeks professional staff member for commercial rule of law