Rachel Stern

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme Stay in France: from November 1st to December 31th, 2022

Rachel E. Stern is a Professor of Law and Political Science in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley Law, where she also currently holds the Pamela P. Fong and Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies. Her research has focused on law in Mainland China, especially the relationship between legal institution building, political space and professionalization. Stern is the author of Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence, as well as numerous articles on legal mobilization and lawyers in contemporary China.
Stern was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and currently serves as series editor for the Law and Society series at Cambridge University Press.

The project

Title: Open Access Justice: China, France and the United States in an Age of Big Data and Predictive Justice

Keywords: Authoritarian law, lawyers, legal mobilization, law and technology

Selected publications :

  • “Automating Fairness? Artificial Intelligence in the Chinese Courts” (with Benjamin Liebman, Margaret Roberts and Alice Wang), The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 59 (2021), pp. 515-553.
  • “The Good Lawyer: State-Led Professional Socialization in Contemporary China” (with Lawrence Liu), Law & Social Inquiry 45:1 (Winter 2020), pp. 226-248. (Winner of the 2021 Law & Society Association Article Prize for the best article on law and society published in the previous two years).

Latest publication

  • “Closing Open Government: Grassroots Policy Conversation of China’s Open Government Information Regulation and Its Aftermath” (with Jieun Kim, Benjamin Liebman and Xiaohan Wu), Comparative Political Studies.

Full CV

Published at 25 October 2022