Norman P. Ho

Assistant Professor of Law

To reach a more complete understanding of premodern Chinese law, it is crucial to go beyond analyzing premodern statutes, codes, and other forms of codification – in addition, we should ask how law was actually implemented (or not implemented) in society and how officials tasked with implementing the law and solving legal disputes applied (or did not apply) the law.  Furthermore, given the integrated nature of premodern Chinese legal thought (e.g., integrated with moral and political thought), it is also important to ask what such officials thought about the law more generally, especially as compared with other norms present in society.”

  • Norman P. Ho’s research and writing focuses primarily on the areas of Chinese legal history (especially from Chinese antiquity up to the 12th century A.D.), legal philosophy, Chinese law, and property theory.  Prior to joining STL, Professor Ho practiced law in the law firms of Slaughter and May and Morrison & Foerster LLP.  Based in Hong Kong, his practice focused on a wide range of capital markets, private equity, and M&A transactions, as well as U.S. securities law compliance matters.  He also previously taught as a lecturer in the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.

    By affiliation, Professor Ho serves as an honorary fellow of the University of Hong Kong’s Asian Institute of International Financial Law and as a non-resident research fellow of the University of Amsterdam’s Netherlands China Law Centre.  He received his A.B. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he received the Howard L. Greenberger Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Comparative Law.


    • J.D., New York University School of Law
    • A.B. and A.M., Harvard University
    • Certificate in Chinese History (Department of History), Peking University


    • Property I and II
    • Traditional Chinese Legal Thought
    • International Capital Markets Transactions in Hong Kong
    • Legal Theory


  • Book contributions:

    • “Addressing Corruption and the Trial of Bo Xilai: Historical Continuities, Rule of Law Implications,” in John Garrick and Yan Chang Bennett, eds., China’s Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping.  London: Routledge, 2016.
    • “WANG Anshi,” in Kerry Brown, ed., Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography. Great Barrington: Berkshire, 2014.
    • “Prospectus Simplification in Hong Kong,” in PLI First Annual Institute on Corporate and Securities Law in Hong Kong 2013: Coursebook. New York: Practising Law Institute, 2013. (with John Moore and Jun-min Tang)
    • “RMB Bonds in Hong Kong,” in PLI First Annual Institute on Corporate and Securities Law in Hong Kong 2013: Coursebook. New York: Practising Law Institute, 2013. (with John Moore and Melody He-Chen)
    • “Organized Crime in China: The Chongqing Crackdown,” in John Garrick, ed., Law and Policy for China’s Market Socialism. London: Routledge, 2012.


    • “A Confucian Theory of Property.” Tsinghua China Law Review, Volume 9, No.1. 2016. [forthcoming]
    • “State of Nature Theory in Chinese Political and Legal Thought.”  Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review.  Volume VIII.  2015
    • “Understanding Traditional Chinese Law in Practice: The Implementation of Criminal Law in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).” UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal. Volume 32, No. 2. 2015.
    • “Confucian Jurisprudence in Practice: Pre-Tang Dynasty Panwen (Written Legal Judgments).” Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal (now known as the Washington International Law Journal). Volume 22, No. 1. 2013.
    • “Asian-American Jurisprudence and Corporate Law: Politicization, Racialization, Foreignness, and the U.S. CFIUS Foreign Direct Investment Review Mechanism.” Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race. Volume 4, Issue 1. 2012.
    • “A Tale of Two Cities: Business Trust Listings and Capital Markets in Singapore and Hong Kong.” Journal of International Business and Law. Volume 11.2. 2012.
    • “The Legal Philosophy of Zhu Xi (1130-1200) and Neo-Confucianism’s Possible Contributions to Modern Chinese Legal Reform.” Tsinghua China Law Review. Volume III, No. 2. 2011.
    • “Ying jiang gudai chuantong falü shiwei zhengui ziyuan – Meiguo de Zhongguo falü yanjiu” [“The Chinese Legal Tradition Should be Viewed as a Resource for Modern Chinese Legal Reform – Suggestions for American Scholarship on Chinese Law”], Chinese Social Sciences Today. March 1, 2011.
    • “Stare Decisis in Han China: Dong Zhongshu (179-104 BC), the Chunqiu, and the Systemization of Law.” Tufts Historical Review, Vol. III, no.1. Spring 2010.
    • “Law, Literature, and Gender in Tang China: An Exploration of Bai Juyi’s (772-846) Selected Panwen on Women.” Tsinghua China Law Review. Vol. I, No. 1. Spring 2009.

    Book review:

    • Review of True Crimes in Eighteenth-Century China: Twenty Case Histories. Compiled and Translated by Robert E. Hegel. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, 2009. New York University Journal of International Law and Politics. Volume 43, No. 3. 2011.

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