Jacques deLisle

Director - Asia Program

Member, Board of Editors - Orbis

Research Areas:

China, law

Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for East Asian Studies and Deputy Directory of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in Chinese politics and legal reform, U.S-China relations, cross-strait relations, and China’s engagement with the international legal order.

His publications in Orbis include “Troubled Waters: China’s Claims in the South China Sea (Fall 2012), “Soft Power in a Hard Place: China, Taiwan, Cross-Strait Competition and U.S. Policy” (Fall 2010),“After the Gold Rush: The Beijing Olympics and China’s Evolving International Roles” (Fall 2009), “Democratization in Greater China” (2004), “SARS, Greater China and the Politics of Globalization and Transition” (Fall 2003) “Law’s Spectral Answers to the Cross-Strait Sovereignty Question” (Fall 2002), “The Roles of Law in the War on Terrorism” (Spring 2002), and “Humanitarian Intervention: Legality, Morality, and the Good Samaritan” (Fall 2001), and “The Chinese Puzzle of Taiwan’s Status” (Winter 2000).

He regularly publishes commentaries on Asian affairs as FPRI E-notes and in other media. Other recent scholarly publications include Law and China’s Development Model in In Search of China’s Development Model: Beyond the Beijing Consensus 147-165 (Philip Hsu, Yushan Wu and Suisheng Zhao, eds. 2011)

“Exceptional Powers in an Exceptional State: Emergency Powers Law in China” in Emergency Powers Law in Asia (Victor V. Ramraj and Arun K. Thiruvengadam, eds. 2010); “The Other China Trade Deficit: Export Safety Problems and Responses” in Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy (Cary Coglianese, David Zaring, and Adam Finkel, eds. 2010); “Development without Democratization? China, Law and the East Asian Model” in Democratizations: Comparisons, Confrontations and Contrasts (Jose V. Ciprut, ed. 2009); “International Contexts and Domestic Pushback” in Democratization in Greater China (Larry Diamond and Bruce Gilley, eds. 2008); “‘One World, Different Dreams’: Assessing the Struggle to Define the Beijing Olympics” in Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China (Monroe E. Price and Daniel Dayan, eds., 2008); and “Legalization without Democratization in China Under Hu Jintao” in China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy (Cheng Li, ed. 2008)

His articles also have appeared in Sino-American Relations, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, American Society of International Law ProceedingsHarvard Asia Quarterly, Journal of National Security Law and other scholarly journals and edited volumes. He serves regularly as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C., Hong Kong and Taiwan law and government policies. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, vice-chair of the Pacific Rim section of the American Society of International Law, and a consultant, lecturer and advisor to foreign-assisted legal reform, development and education programs, primarily in the PRC.  He received a J.D. and graduate education in political science at Harvard.

Jacques deLisle
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA




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