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Former Fellows and Research Associates

Jonathan Hecht
Jonathan Hecht, a Massachusetts State Representative since 2009, is one of the country’s leading authorities on contemporary Chinese law and particularly Chinese criminal law and procedure. He founded The China Law Center with Professor Paul Gewirtz and served as its Deputy Director from 1999 to 2006. Before coming to Yale, Mr. Hecht worked as a program officer in the Beijing office of the Ford Foundation and taught Chinese law at Harvard Law School. He has been a consultant on Chinese legal reform projects for the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and other organizations. Mr. Hecht is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

John Balzano
Balzano was a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, and Senior Fellow at The China Law Center. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Law. Previously, Balzano was a litigation associate at the law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in New York. He was also a law clerk to the Honorable Joette Katz, associate justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut, and the Honorable Steven M. Gold, Chief Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He was a postdoctoral fellow of The China Law Center from 2005 to 2006. He has also worked and studied in Mainland China and Taiwan and spent four months working as a legislative assistant in Tokyo to Takashi Shinohara in the Japanese House of Representatives in 2004. He has a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, and a J.D. and M.A. in East Asian Studies from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Wang Xixin, Fellow
Professor Wang Xixin resides in Beijing, where he is Associate Professor Law at Peking University Law School, and Associate Dean for External Affairs. One of China’s leading younger scholars, Professor Wang researches and teaches administrative law, constitutional law and comparative legal studies. He has helped draft legislation as a Member of the Administrative Legislation Research Group, and consulted for the General Office of the National People’s Congress’ Standing Committee.

Timothy Webster
Tim Webster was Senior Fellow at the Center, and Lecturer-in-Law at Yale Law School, from 2008-11. He is presently Assistant Professor of Law, and Director of East Asian Legal Studies, at Case Western Reserve University.

Jeffrey Prescott, Deputy Director
Jeffrey Prescott is Deputy Director of The China Law Center, and also Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Before returning to New Haven, he started and managed The China Law Center's Beijing office from 2002 to 2007, and was a visiting scholar at Peking University Law School. He speaks and writes on a wide range of topics related to China, including legal reform, public interest law, education and human rights. Recent presentations include "Legal Reform, Human Rights, and U.S.-China Relations," Washington University in St. Louis; "Managing Sino-American Relations in Turbulent Times," National Committee on U.S.-China Relations China Town Hall; "Functions of American Legal Education," Shihezi University (Xinjiang, China); "Rule of Law in China," Princeton University; and "Public Interest Lawyers in China," University of Michigan. From 1998 to 2001, he was staff attorney at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. He is a 1997 graduate of Yale Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Walter Stapleton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Stanley Seiden
Stanley Seiden was a research associate of The China Law Center, based in Beijing. Mr. Seiden is a graduate of Yale College, where he majored in economics. He holds a graduate certificate in Chinese and American studies from the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.

Philip Chen
Philip Chen was Senior Fellow from 2007 to 2010. He is presently a project director of the China Health Law Initiative at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

Zhen Liu
Zhen Liu was a fellow of the Center, based in New Haven, from 2007 to 2008. She is presently practicing law in Beijing.

Keith Hand
Keith Hand was Beijing Director and Senior Fellow of the Center, and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School.  He is currently Associate Professor at the Hastings College of Law.

Neysun Mahboubi
Neysun Mahboubi was a Fellow of the Center, and Tutor-in-Law at Yale Law School.  He is presently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  

Tom Kellogg
Tom Kellogg was a Senior Fellow of the Center and Lecturer-in-Law at Yale Law School from 2006-2008.  He is presently working at the Open Society Institute, and teaching Chinese law at Fordham Law School.

Ira Belkin
Ira Belkin was a Senior Fellow of the Center for 2004-2005.  He is currently running a program officer in the Beijing office of the Ford Foundation.

Andrea Worden
Andrea Worden was a Center Fellow for 2003-2004.  She is currently working for O'Melveny & Myers in Washington D.C.

Donald Clarke
Professor Clarke was a Fellow in residence at the Center during 2001 and again in 2003.  He is currently Professor of Law at The George Washington University.

Stephen Hsu (Xu Chuanxi)
Professor Hsu was a Center Fellow for 2001-2002.  His major area of research was civil law.  He is currently Dean and Professor of Law of the School of American and Comparative Law at the China University of Political Science and Law. 

Research Associates

Raymond Lu
Raymond Lu was a Research Associate for The China Law Center Beijing Office and is now studying at the Yale Law School. Raymond comes to Yale from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. He received his B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and also studied Chinese Language at Tsinghua University.

Liu Yuhan
Liu Yuhan was a Research Associate for The China Law Center in Beijing. Ms. Liu is a graduate of Yale’s M.A. program in East Asian Studies and holds a BA in journalism from Tsinghua University.

Gloria Gong
Gloria was a Research Associate at the Center, based in Beijing. Before joining the Center, she studied on the U.S. government Flagship Program at Nanjing University, and interned at an NGO in Guizhou to support sustainable economic development for rural minority groups. She received a B.A. with distinction and honors in Chinese and Media Arts from Brigham Young University in 2009.

Ned Levin
Ned Levin was a Research Associate at the Center, based in Beijing. Before joining the Center, he studied at Peking and Minzu Universities on a Harvard-Yenching Institute scholarship, and worked part-time as a paralegal and translator. He received a B.A. with distinction and honors in Silk Road Studies from Harvard in 2009.

Ivy Wang
Ivy Wang is currently a student at Yale Law School.

Jason Glick
Jason Glick is currently a student at Yale Law School.

Aaron Halegua
Aaron Halegua graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009, and is currently a Skadden Fellow with the Legal Aid Society in New York.

Jenny Lah
Jenny Lah is currently a master's candidate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.   

Grace Hsieh

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