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Susan Finder

Distinguished Scholar in Residence

“A serendipitous book purchase and a group of people willing to share their insights led to my initial interest in China’s judicial system, but now I bring 20 years of experience in practice (and a larger group of friends) to what I do. In 2013, a professor of American legal history encouraged me to start the blog Supreme People’s Court Monitor, to describe and analyze Supreme People’s Court developments and their practical implications to a worldwide audience. I am eager to share my passion about the role of China’s judiciary in improving the role of law in China with STL students.”

    • LL.M., Columbia Law School

    • J.D., Harvard Law School

    • B.A., Yale College

    • Chinese Judicial Reform from a Comparative Perspective

    • China Law and Business

    • Practical and Academic Writing on Chinese Law in English


    • Spring, 2013-present, theSupreme People's Court Monitor(, focusing on developments relating to China's highest court, cited by theNew York Times,Wall Street Journal,South China Morning Post,Financial Times,The Economist, andThe Guardian.Articlesfrom the blog have also been reprinting in leading Wechat public accounts. Well known law school and political science professors have included blogposts and it has been cited in government and think tank reports. It has been described by the Harvard Law School library as one of the top China law blogs.

    • Contributor, Global Military Justice Reform (http://globalmjreform.blogspot), edited by Eugene Fidell, Yale Law School, leading scholar and practitioner of military law. Among the many posts include:What does Chinese civil-military integration mean for the courts? April 2017)

    ARTICLES (since 2010)

    PRESENTATIONS (since 2007)

    • “Improving China’s Foreign-Related Legal System,” International Symposium on Accelerating Changes Unseen in a Century and the Development of International Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, November 25-26, 2022

    • The Functions of the Supreme People’s Court and Their Implications, Presentation to class of Professor Enrico Toti, University Roma Tre, November 15, 2022, also April 12, 2021 and November 15, 2021

    • “Why the Supreme People’s Court Provides Services and Safeguards for the Greater Bay Area Strategy, One Country, Two Systems and Cross-Border Legal Harmonization,” November 5, 2022, University of Hong Kong Law Faculty, reported at:

    • “CICC’s One-stop Mechanism and Expert Committee—What can HKIAC Do?,” Part of Hong Kong Arbitration Week Event on the China International Commercial Court—How Does it Function? October 26, 2022

    • How Chinese judicial reforms are drafted, class of Professor Henry Wang, Comparative Chinese Law, Indiana Bloomington School of Law, September 27, 2022

    • “The BRI--how the SPC Serves National Strategies and its Institutional Agenda,” European China Law Studies Association Annual Conference, Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    • Update on Trends in Civil International Judicial Assistance and Its Challenges, August 23, 2022,The Third Seminar of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People's Court and Reappointment Ceremony of the First Group of Expert Members

    • Supreme People’s Court and the Belt & Road Initiative, EUPLANT Panelon EU - China Judicial Cooperation ‘Cross-Border Judicial Cooperation with BRI Countries’, KU Leuven University, February 15, 2022

    • “Survey of Overseas Arbitration Institutions On Establishing a “Business Office” (业务办公室) in China,” first Shanghai (Lingang) International Dispute Resolution Forum (首届上海国际争议解决论坛), December 21, 2021

    • How and Why the Supreme People’s Court “Serves” the Belt & Road Initiative,

    • University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Program, November 5, 2021

    • “A Foreign Observer on the Singapore Convention & Challenges and Opportunities for Chinese SMEs,” ICC Event—Mediation: An Alternative Approach to Cross-Border Dispute Resolution—an SME Perspective, Institute of International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Resolution Renmin University and ICC Shanghai Office (调解:解决跨境争议的另一种方法—以中小微企业为视角)

    • Some Thoughts About the China International Commercial Court,”American Society of International Law: Charting the New Frontiers of International Dispute Resolution, July 29, 2021

    • Commentator, Presentation by Neysun Mahboubi (University of Pennsylvania), Zombie legal reform?: Judicial and Administrative Law Developments after the Fourth Plenum, May 5, 2021,, recording available

    • Supreme People’s Court and the Development of Chinese International Commercial Law”,University of Pittsburgh: Deals and Disputes: China, Hong Kong and Commercial Law. May 18, 2021

    • Tsinghua Conference on Transnational IP Litigation (Day 4: Transnational IP Litigation and a Changing Trade Environment), January 29, 2021

    • China in the Year of the Rooster (legal aspects), Young China Watchers Hong Kong, 22 February 2017

    • The rule of law under Xi Jinping: changes and continuities, French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, 13 December 2016

    • Guest lecture, Shanghai New York University, 1December 2016.

    • Chinese SOEs and the international fraud & corruption regulatory system, China`s Three-Prong Investment Strategy: Bilateral, Regional, and Global Tracks, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Development, 30 November 2016,

    • Hague Conference on Private International Law: How will it affect Chinese Law, Sino-UK Maritime Justice and Maritime Arbitration Forum, Xiamen Maritime Court (sponsored by the Supreme People’s Court, 16 November 2016

    • Guest lecture, Chinese court reform, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, LLB/JD course on Chinese legal system (Michael Palmer & Clement Chen), 24 October 2016.

    • Guest lecture, Chinese tort law, Fordham Law School, JD/LLM course of George Conk (Remedies), 3 October 2016.

    • Chinese Law and the Chinese Legal System: Myth Busting from an Insider, China Card Conference, US-China Institute, University of Southern California, 29 September 2016 (

    • Dialogue with Professor Jerome Cohen, US-Asia Law Institute, NYU Law School, 1 September 2016,

    • China’s Courts Go Online, Conference on Chinese Judicial Reform, Law Faculty, City University of Hong Kong, 19 August 2016,

    • Evaluating Chinese judicial transparency reforms, Conference on Transparency Matters, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong 24-25 June 2016

    • One Belt, One Road and its implications for the courts, Conference on International Governance and Rule of Law in China under the One Belt One Road Initiative, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, 3 June 2016,

    • Guest Lecturer, the courts, LLB course on the Chinese legal system, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 15 March 2016.

    • Supreme People’s Court Monitor and Chinese judicial reform, School for Transnational Law, Peking University, 15 January 2016.

    • Assessing China’s Court Reforms after One Year, Conference of the European China Law Studies Association, Cologne, Germany, 26 September 2015.

    • What does China’s New Court Reform Plan Mean? Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School, April 8, 2015,

    • Unpacking China’s New Court Reform Plan, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, April 6, 2015.

    • The 4thPlenum Decision and Hong Kong, presentation at a symposium organized by the Centre for Chinese Law, University of Hong Kong 4 January 2015.

    • Legal Knowhow in Greater China in 2014, with Peter Davies, Practical Law China, 5 December 2014.

    • Court Reforms, All You Want to Know About IP in China, presentation (video) at the US Patent & Trademark Office, on a panel with Prof. Jerome Cohen (NYU), Prof. James Feinerman (Georgetown), and Carl Minzner (Fordham), 18 July 2014.

    • Mainland China’s litigation procedure – effect of reforms on current practice, presentation to the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association, 9 January 2014.

    • Legal know-how concerning foreign law, Training session of the All China Lawyers Association, for lawyers of Chinese companies going abroad, Beijing, August, 2013.

    • Issues in Chinese Civil Procedure Law: A Practitioner’s View, April, 2011, School of Business, University of Hong Kong.

    • “The New Labor Contract Law,” Heller Ehrman client seminar and internal seminar, Winter 2007-2008.

    • Presentation to the Accounting Department of the China Securities Regulatory Commission on Auditor Liability Issues (in Chinese) with senior Ernst & Young partner, December, 2007.

    • “Commercial Litigation in the People’s Courts,” seminar to PRC Commercial Law LLM Students, University of Hong Kong, April, 2007

    • Foreign Invested Enterprises and Labor Law Issues in China, New York University Law School, February, 2007.


    • Journal of Law & Society;Law & Social Inquiry; Asia Pacific Law Review; Hong Kong Law Journal; Journal of Contemporary China.

    • Occasional Informal adviser to students researching the Chinese courts from: University of California, Berkeley; School of International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University; University of California, Irvine; University of Oslo; Max Planck Institute, Luxemburg, Harvard Law School; University of Tuebingen.

    • Commentator on draft academic articles on articles relating to the Chinese courts written by law professors from various parts of the world.

    • LL.M., Columbia Law School

    • J.D., Harvard Law School

    • B.A., Yale College

  • Professor Susan Finder Engages in Large Scale Legal Events

    Professor Finder Speaks at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Supreme People’s Court

    Professor Susan Finder Speaks at Chinese Law Roundtable, UK-China Arbitration Summit, & ICC

    Professor Finder Speaks On China Judicial Reforms in Hong Kong

    Professor Finder Invited Participation in the Singapore Mediation Convention Seminar

    STL Professors Appointed to CICC Expert Committee

    Interview with Professor Finder about People’s Supreme Court and Chinese Judicial Reform

    Professor Finder Speaks at Women in Arbitration Initiative and Bund Expert Forum in Shanghai

    Q&A with Professor Finder Regarding Developments in Chinese Judicial System

    Professor Finder Speaks at USC US-China Institute

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