“Cornell has an excellent program on East Asian law and culture, under the able directorship of Professor Annelise Riles, whose work has laid a solid foundation for further development of Chinese legal studies,” said Yu. “I expect to offer general as well as specialized courses in Chinese law, assist Cornell faculty members whose research interests include Chinese law, and work with Cornell to establish academic relations with universities in Greater China. All these efforts require great care and enormous amounts of energy, and I am happy that I now have the opportunity to take up these challenges.”
Professor Yu’s academic interests include Chinese law and legal history, social theory, comparative legal philosophy, constitutional law, and cultural studies of law. Prior to joining Cornell Law School, he was with the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) where he taught jurisprudence, constitutional law and Chinese law. He holds an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School, and while there was a lecturer on law, senior research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies, and visiting associate professor. He has held various visiting academic positions at Beijing University’s Department of Law, Jilin University, Shandong University, Northwest University of Politics and Law, Columbia Law School, and the Australian National University. He was the Wang Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School in the fall semester of 2010. As an Associate at Chicago’s Baker & McKenzie (1995- 1998), he assisted clients doing business in China, providing expertise on Chinese law relating to foreign invested enterprises. His 1995 J.S.D. dissertation on A Theory of Civil Order s was written under the guidance of Chinese Law specialist William P. Alford. He is the author of numerous articles and three books, including Rule of Law and Civil Orders (2006).