Taisu Zhang Speaks at USALI

On April 13, 2016, Professor Taisu Zhang spoke at USALI about his life and work. Born in Tianjin and raised in Beijing, Professor Zhang went to Yale University and obtained his Bachelor's Degree, Juris Doctor degree and Doctor's Degree there. At Yale, he studied the "Great Divergence" and wrote a thesis about it. During the talk, Professor Zhang also shared his thoughts on the impact of Confucious on China's cultural, economic, legal and political institutions and considered traditions in the past has been re-imagined to fit the pragmatic and political agenda of the present.

More about Professor Taisu Zhang:
Taisu Zhang is the Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is also an Associate Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law, where his scholarship focuses on comparative legal history, specifically economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe, comparative law, property law, and contemporary Chinese Law. Zhang has taught at Brown University’s history department, the Tsinghua University School of Law, and Peking University Law School. Zhang, who holds three degrees from Yale University (a B.A. in History and Mathematics, a J.D., and a Ph.D. in History), has also worked at the Institute of Applied Legal Studies of the Supreme People’s Court of China, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, and the Federal Defenders of New York. His book manuscript, Kinship, Property and Agricultural Capitalism in Pre-Industrial China and England, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In dissertation form, it was the recipient of Yale University’s Arthur and Mary Wright Dissertation Prize and the American Society for Legal History’s Kathryn T. Preyer Award.