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Professor Karla Simon’s New Book Gathers Publicity Steam

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The publication of scholarly works doesn’t usually result in book tours and interviews. One exception appear to be Catholic University law school Professor Karla Simon’s new book, Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era" (Oxford University Press, March 2013), which continues to draw attention. 

The volume has been the subject of two recent public presentations. The first was held at the East West Center in Washington, D.C. on April 24. It featured a discussion of the book with Dr. Susan R. Weld, Executive Director, Law Asia Leadership, Georgetown University Law Center.
The second presentation, held on May 2 in New York City under the auspices of the National Committee on US-China Relations, included the organization’s vice- president Jan Berris as discussant. Web casts of both events are expected to be available soon.
Professor Simon was also invited to discuss her work on the Web site of the Asia Society on May 3rd.  The book was recently reviewed in The Diplomat as well.
Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the "New Reform Era" provides both an historical and contemporary analysis of the legal framework for civil society and citizen participation in China. Simon is widely acknowledged as among the world’s leading experts on the subject.  
She is an Affiliated Scholar with the New York University US-Asia Law Institute and co-directs the Center for International Social Development at The Catholic University of America. Her many articles have been published in the Journal of Chinese Law, the Journal of Japanese Law, the Fordham International Law Journal, among others.