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Tiger Event


February 19, 2021 at 12:30:00 AM

Programming on Law, Rights, and Governance in China: The Ford Foundation Experience in Different Times

Presenter / Panelists

Ira Belkin, Senior Research Fellow and former Executive Director, US-Asia Law Institute; and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Phyllis Chang, Founder and former President, China Law and Development (CLD), Beijing; and Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Mark Sidel


he Ford Foundation opened its office in Beijing at the beginning of 1988, after starting to program in China in 1983. From the beginning, legal reform and governance were core parts of Ford’s work in China, at the request of Chinese law schools and government ministries. Over time, that work broadened to more explicitly include program support for rights-related initiatives. 

In this session, three former Ford program officers, who served at quite different times in China, will talk about working at the Ford Foundation in Beijing and the challenges and rewards of working with Chinese colleagues and institutions on legal reform, rights and governance in China.

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