In addition to our project work, the U.S.-Asia Law Institute strives to further the rule of law in Asia by providing a variety of academic and legal works. 

Who Will Represent China's Workers?

In the past decade, China has made considerable progress in legislating new legal protections for workers, expanding their access to arbitration and courts, and paying for more lawyers to represent them. Nonetheless, in China, as elsewhere, labor violations persist and a substantial “representation gap” remains between legal needs and services.

China's Exclusionary Rules

The Spring 2011 volume of New York University’s Journal of International Law and Politics is dedicated to Professor Jerome A. Cohen and features new articles by the U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI) research team. The volume announces the first  recipient of the Jerome A. Cohen Prize in International Law and East Asia, Margaret K. Lewis, and is centered around her award winning article on China’s new exclusionary rules for criminal cases.

The U.S.-China Death Penalty Reform Project

The U.S.-China Death Penalty Reform Project of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI) at New York University School of Law is a product of cooperation between USALI and Chinese experts during the recent period of death penalty law reform in China and the U.S. It includes the full text of USALI’s U.S. death penalty law casebook, The Contemporary American Struggle with Death Penalty Law: Selected Topics and Cases, in English and Chinese, and an online forum for discussion and questions.

Justice: The China Experience

Claims about a pursuit of justice weave through all periods of China's modern history. But what do authorities mean when they refer to 'justice' and do Chinese citizens interpret justice in the same way as their leaders? This book explores how certain ideas about justice have come to be dominant in Chinese polity and society and how some conceptions of justice have been rendered more powerful and legitimate than others.

Challenge to China

Jerome Cohen and Margaret K. Lewis’ new book,  Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor, draws attention to an underappreciated aspect of legal reforms in Taiwan and asks how Taiwan’s experience might be relevant to its neighbor across the Taiwan Strait. The Mainland leadership has for years claimed that it would soon abolish labor camps for its police-dominated system of “re-education through labor,” but until recently has not taken steps to do so.