Catholic University law professor Karla Simon has been appointed an affiliated research fellow with the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, which is supported by the New York University School of Law.
The institute serves as a resource and partner to various Asian countries as they reform and further develop their legal systems and institutions. It also works to improve the understanding of Asian legal systems by lawyers, academics, policy makers and the public.
Formally established in 2006, the U.S.- Asia Law Institute conducts research on Asian law, offers a wide variety of Asian legal courses, facilitates academic exchange between Asian and U.S. legal scholars and coordinates projects in Asia to further the institute’s dual goals of assistance and understanding.
The organization’s ongoing project include working for procedural reforms in Chinese capital cases, study tours on U.S. legal institutions, Chinese procedures and laws, and sponsoring research scholars.
An internationally recognized expert on the development of civil society in China, Simon’s scholarly interests include comparative civil society law, with focus principally on China. She is currently working on a book titled “Reinvigorating Civil Society in China – A Socio-Legal Analysis” (forthcoming, Oxford University Press 2012).
Simon blogs on the subject of civil society in China and is also the founder and manager of the China Civil Society listserv.
She is co-founder (with Dr. Leon Irish) of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and of the International Center for Civil Society Law.