Benjamin L. Liebman

Benjamin L. Liebman

Research Interest

Chinese law; medical disputes in China; popular access to the courts in China; the evolving roles of legal institutions and lawyers; environmental law; Chinese tort law

Benjamin L. Liebman leads Columbia Law School’s Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal
Studies, the first institution of its kind at a U.S. law school. Widely known as a preeminent
scholar of contemporary Chinese law, Liebman studies Chinese court judgments, the roles of
artificial intelligence and big data in the Chinese legal system, Chinese tort law, Chinese criminal
procedure, and the evolution of China’s courts. His research has covered diverse topics in
Chinese law over the years, ranging from leniency in criminal law to medical dispute resolution
and securities markets. Professor Liebman also serves as the director of the Parker School of
Foreign and Comparative Law.

In 2015, Liebman published Regulating the Visible Hand: The Institutional Implications of
Chinese State Capitalism
 (Oxford University Press, with Curtis J. Milhaupt), which explores
how extensive state intervention and participation drives China’s evolving economy—a critical
contribution to the discourse surrounding China’s recent economic transformations.
Prior to joining the Law School’s faculty in 2002, Liebman was an associate in the London and
Beijing offices of Sullivan & Cromwell. He also previously served as a law clerk to Justice
David Souter and Judge Sandra Lynch of the 1st Circuit.



Benjamin L. Liebman and Curtis J. Milhaupt, editors, Regulating the Visible Hand?: The Institutional Implications of Chinese State Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Benjamin L. Liebman, “Legal Reform: China’s Law-Stability Paradox,” Daedalus (Spring 2014).

Benjamin L. Liebman, “A Return to Populist Legality? Historical Legacies and Legal Reform” in Sebastian Heilmann and Elizabeth J. Perry, editors, Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2001).


WEAI professor Benjamin L. Liebman discusses China’s legal procedures with CNN. April 6, 2015

WEAI professor Benjamin L. Liebman featured in article on China’s medical lawsuits in The New Yorker. August 25, 2014