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Biography

Paul Gewirtz is the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School. He is also the Director of The China Law Center here. Professor Gewirtz teaches and writes in the fields of constitutional law, federal courts and procedure, antidiscrimination law, law in contemporary China, law and literature, and comparative law. Among other works, his publications include the books Law’s Stories and The Case Law System in America, nine volumes of readings and materials on comparative constitutional law, and numerous articles in professional journals. The China Law Center, which Professor Gewirtz founded and directs, is an innovative institution that carries out research and teaching on legal development in China and also works with a wide range of Chinese counterparts to help advance legal reform in China.  Professor Gewirtz has also been director of the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, a program that brings leading Supreme Court judges from around the world to Yale each year to explore legal issues of common concern with the Yale faculty. From 1997–1998, Professor Gewirtz was on leave from Yale University at the U.S. Department of State as Special Representative for the Presidential Rule of Law Initiative. In that post, he proposed and developed the U.S.-China initiative to cooperate in the legal field that Presidents Bill Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin launched at their 1997 and 1998 Summit Meetings. He accompanied President Clinton to China in 1998.  From 1996-2000 he was the U.S. Representative to the European Commission for Democracy through Law at the Council of Europe. Before joining the faculty, he served as law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Marvin Frankel of the U.S. District Court in New York, and he practiced law at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Professor Gewirtz holds a B.A. degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Yale.