Professor Woo teaches civil procedure, administrative law and comparative law. Professor Woo has published and spoken widely on China’s legal reform. She is a former fellow of the Bunting Institute (Radcliffe College) and is presently an associate of the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. She has received many prestigious grants from a variety of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and is on the Senior Scholar Roster for the Fulbright Scholars Program. In 2015, she served as an invited visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg.

Professo Woo is the co-editor of East Asian Law: Universal Norms and Local Culture (Routledge, 2003), and Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She is also co-author of Litigating in America: Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishing, 2006). She is a co-editor of the American Association of Law School’s Journal of Legal Education.

Professor Woo is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. She has also served on the board of trustees for numerous organizations, including for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Boston Chapter), the Harry Dow Legal Assistance Fund, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1997, she was named the law school's Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. 

Fields of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Asian Legal Systems
  • Chinese Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Comparative Law
  • Development and the Law

Selected Works


  • Justice in Ogden, C.,ed., Handbook of China’s Governance and Domestic Politics (Routledge, 2013)
  • Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Litigating in America: Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishing Co., 2006) (with Subrin)
  • American Civil Litigation: Historical, Social and Cultural Context (Falu Chubanshe, 2002) (with Subrin)
  • East Asian Law: Universal Norms and Local Culture (Cruzon/Routledge Publishers, 2002) (with Rosett and Cheng)

Selected Articles