Chicago-Tsinghua Junior Faculty Forum

All day
Through June 1, 2018
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing & Tsinghua University

May 31

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing served as the host for the first day of the inaugural Chicago-Tsinghua Young Faculty Forum on May 31. 12 promising young scholars from throughout China presented their research-in-progress on various topics at the intersection of law and social science to a room of eminent legal scholars.

As implied by the event’s title, the conference was the result of a partnership between the University of Chicago and Tsinghua University, wherein the particular needs of each school led to the desire for such a collaborative summit on innovative methods in legal research.

In his opening remarks, Professor Weixing Shen, Dean of Tsinghua University School of Law, gave a brief introduction to the history of Tsinghua University School of Law, emphasizing the school's unique position as a relatively young department. While the former Tsinghua University School of Law was founded in 1929, the School of Law as it exists today was only established in 1995. Professor Shen sees this as an advantage in some respects, and his desire to capitalize on this advantage was one motivation in arranging this conference. Tsinghua University School of Law, he argued, is now established enough to attract high-level talent, but young enough to chart its own course and teach students in a more dynamic fashion than traditional law schools of the past. He cited a desire to develop specializations in areas such as data protection law, and to shift the school’s teaching and research methodology to be more evidence-based than precedence-based.

The latter desire, to steer legal research out of the realm of precedence and into the realm of investigation, is where the desire for this forum originated. To further develop this method of evidence-based questioning, organizers from Tsinghua looked to their colleagues at the University of Chicago. Tasked with providing participants with the chance to immerse themselves in the University of Chicago method of rigorous inquiry, Professor Omri Ben-Shahar, Leo and Eileen Herzel Professor of Law and Kearney Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Chicago emphasized the value of “unlearning” the restrictions of disciplinary boundaries. Echoing Professor Shen’s remarks, he emphasized the value of providing criticism from many perspectives, rather than relying on established thought patterns, to produce research that better responds to today’s world. Regarding his own motivations for establishing this forum, Professor Ben-Shahar expressed his hope that it would allow participants to come together and “create something of value that, without our collaboration, would not exist.” Three other professors from UChicago Law School joined Dr. Ben-Shahar for the forum. They are Dr. Adam Chilton, Assistant Professor of Law and Walter Mander Research Scholar, Dr. William Hubbard, Professor of Law, and Dr. Richard McAdams, Bernard Meltzer Professor of Law.

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing is pleased to have the opportunity to host, and looks forward to similar projects in the future.

Organized by:

Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago

Guobin Cui, Tsinghua University


Omri Ben-Shahar,芝加哥大学


The Chicago-Tsinghua Young Faculty Forum is a first of its kind collaboration between leading American and Chinese law schools. The organizers selected twelve scholars working in the area of law-and-social-science to present work-in-progress. The purpose of the Forum is to allow for rigorous and critical discussion in the Chicago “round table” style workshop, to help improve the work, and to set the standards for successful publications. Four members from the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School will also join the Forum as discussants, all of whom have rich experience in conducting inter-disciplinary study of law and social science. Together with a few top Chinese legal scholars, they will raise questions and comments to the presenters. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American and Chinese legal scholars generally, particularly among those working in the area of law and social science. To facilitate the round table, there will be no prepared comments by the discussants. Each paper will be presented briefly, followed by an open discussion among the participants.



Weixing Shen, Dean and Professor of Law, Tsinghua University

Omri Ben-Shahar, Kearny Director, Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, University of Chicago

Ruoying Chen, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Peking University

Jinhua Cheng, Distinguished Professor of Law & Vice Dean, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Adam Chilton, Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Guobin Cui, Associate Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Tsinghua University

William Hubbard, Professor of Law and Editor of Journal of Legal Studies, University of Chicago

Hongzhen Jiang, Associate Professor & Vice Dean, KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Zhimin Liao, Professor of Law, East China University of Political Science and Law

Haitian Lu, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Richard McAdams, Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Wei Shen, Dean and Professor of Law, Shandong University Law School

Yuyu Wang, Professor of law and Director of China Institute for Rule of Law in Finance, Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Defeng Xu, Professor of Law, Peking University

Jun Zhao, Professor and Vice Dean, Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University


Day 1: University of Chicago Center in Beijing (Thursday, May 31)

9:00 am Opening Remarks

Dean Weixing Shen, Tsinghua University Law School

Professor Omri Ben-Shahar, Director of Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, University of Chicago

Panel I: Governance and Institution in China

Moderator: Omri Ben-Shahar

9:30 am "Challenging Eminent Domain in the High People’s Courts: Procedure is the Key!"

Shitong Qiao, Hong Kong University

10:15 am Break

10:30 am "Decentralizing Authoritarianism:  A Study of China’s Dramatic Expansion of City Lawmaking Power"

Jiang Wan (with Wei Cui), Southwest University of Political Science and Law

11:15 am "Information Technology and E-Participation: An Empirical Study on Online Solicitation of Opinions on Lawmaking by the National People’s Congress" 

Xin Zhang, University of International Business and Economics

12:00 pm Lunch

Panel II: Corporate and Financial Law

Moderator: William Hubbard

1:30 pm "The Determinants of Political Control in State-Owned Enterprises: Evidence from Charter Amendments"

Angela Zhang (with Zhuang Liu), Hong Kong University

2:15 pm "Rethinking State Control over the PRC Financial System: The Black Box of Proactive Intervention"

Daile Xia (with Li Guo), Tsinghua University

3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm "Understanding Public Enforcement of Securities Lawin China: An Empirical Analysis of the Enforcement Outcomes of CSRC and its Regional Offices" 

Wenming Xu (with Guangdong Xu), China University of Political Science and Law

4:15 pm "Prematurity and Incubator: Tradition, Transplantation and Bifurcation of Financial Development and Law in China"

Simin Gao (with Christopher Chen), Tsinghua University

Day 2: Tsinghua University Law School (Friday, June 1)

9:00 am Opening Remarks

Vice Dean Guobin Cui, Tsinghua University Law School

Professor Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago

Panel III: Cutting Edge Topics in Law and Economics

Moderator: Guobin Cui

9:15 am "Self-Regulation in the Shadow of Public Power: Driving China’s Private Taxicabs out of Regulatory Dark Zone"

Bingwan Xiong, Renmin University

10:00 am Break

10:15 am "A Network Theory of Patentability: Towards an Empirical Measure of Paten Nonobviousness"

Ryan Whalen, Hong Kong University

11:00 am "The Chicago School in Beijing: Two Faces of Law and Economics in China"

Han Liu (with Xiaoli Zhao), Tsinghua University

12:00 pm Lunch

Panel IV: Judicial Behavior

Moderator: Ruoying Chen

1:30 pm "Do Justices’ Scholarly Backgrounds Affect the Writing of Separate Opinions in Taiwan Court?"

Chien-Chih Lin, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

2:15 pm "What Is the Leviathan Hiding? “Missing Cases” and Selected Judicial Information Disclosure in China"

Zhuang Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen