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The China Law Center Mourns the Loss of Friend and Former Visiting Scholar Professor Zhou Wei

The entire staff of the China Law Center was greatly saddened to learn of the sudden death on April 16, 2008, of Professor Zhou Wei of Shanghai Jiaotong University's Law School.  Professor Zhou was an outstanding legal scholar and a person of tremendous decency and charm.  He was a great friend and colleague to all of us at the Yale Law School, where he was a Visiting Scholar in 2005.    

Professor Zhou was deeply engaged in the ongoing process of China's legal reforms, and his intellect and practical wisdom made him a leader in his generation of Chinese legal scholars who are contributing so much to advance legal knowledge and legal reforms in China.  Among many projects and achievements, Professor Zhou inspired and directed a groundbreaking cooperative project with the China Law Center to advance bail reform in China.  He had many friends and admirers outside of China, and we at Yale Law School in the United States feel especially privileged to have worked with him and to have spent many happy hours with him.  Professor Zhou Wei's life has ended much too soon, but he will be remembered with a very special admiration and affection.

A memorial for Professor Zhou will be held at Shanghai Jiaotong University on Tuesday, April 22.  Professor Zhou’s obituary, and details of the memorial service, are available here