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Xingzhong YU

Chair Professor

Xingzhong Yu is Chair Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Macau (UM). Prior to joining UM Faculty of Law, he was the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Professor in Chinese Law at Cornell Law School (2012-2022). His academic interests include Chinese law and legal history, social theory, comparative legal philosophy, constitutional law, and intelligent technology and law. He holds an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School, and while there was a lecturer on law, senior research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies, and visiting associate professor. He taught at the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He has held various visiting academic positions at Beijing University’s Department of Law, Jilin University, Shandong University, Northwest University of Politics and Law, Columbia Law School, and the Australian National University. He was the Wang Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School in the fall semester of 2010. He is the author of numerous articles and 6 books, including Rule of Law and Civil Orders (2006). He is also the translator of Dworkin’s last book Religion Without God.

Other Roles

  • Member of Faculty of Law Academic Council
  • Director, Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, UM


  • 1995: S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science), Harvard Law School, USA
  • 1991: LL.M.  (Master of Laws), Harvard Law School, USA
  • 1982: B.A., Lanzhou University, People’s Republic of China

Teaching Areas

Social Theory and Law

Intelligent Technology and Law

Law and Language

English Translation of Chinese Law

Comparative Legal Philosophy

History of Legal Ideas

Classical Chinese Legal Philosophies


Research Interest

Social Theory

Philosophy of Heart

Transborder Data Flow in the Greater Bay Area

Artificial Intelligence and Judicial Reform

Digital Literacy

Fundamental Categories in classical Chinese legal philosophy


Recent Publications

Rule of Law and Civil Orders (China Democracy and Legal System Publishing House 2016, Commercial Press 2021, Japanese Edition 2022)

Digital Literacy: From Algorithmic Society to Web 3.0 (Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2022)

“A Bird’s Eye View of the Legal Thought of Eugene Kamenka and Alice Tay”, Study and Exploration, No. 11, 2022, pp. 89 – 95.

Pound For Pound? Roscoe Pound’s Adventures in China and Questions They Pose for Scholars of Contemporary China (with Professor William Alford) U. PA. Asian Law Review, Vol. 18:1, pp. 1-33. (2022)

“Virtue and Knowledge Across Time and Space: A Tribute to Professor William P. Alford,” Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 62, January 3, 2021.

“Chinese Legal Thought: The Confucian School” In: Sellers M., Kirste S. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Springer, Dordrecht, online version 2020, printed version 2022.

Public Service

  • Member, Advisory Board, Asian Journal of Comparative Law.
  • Member, Professors Committee, Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University.
  • Member, International Consultation Committee, Fudan University Law School.
  • Associate Member, Harvard Disability Project.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Law Press (China).