Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Affiliated Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law
Monday, April 16, 2018
Furman Hall Room 318
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is also an affiliated scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at NYU School of Law and the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. In 2016-2017, he was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Before joining the University of Toronto faculty in 2016, he taught sociology and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for seven years and directed its East Asian Legal Studies Center in 2014-2016. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Professor Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession, including the globalization of corporate law firms, the political mobilization of criminal defense lawyers, the feminization of judges, and the career mobility of law practitioners. His most recent research project is on the impact of China’s rise as a global power on the legal professions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition to Chinese law, he also writes on sociolegal theory and general social theory.
Professor Liu is the author of three books in Chinese and English, most recently, Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work (with Terence C. Halliday, Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has also published many articles in leading law and social science journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Theory, The China Quarterly, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, Wisconsin Law Review, Fordham Law Review, etc.