Margaret Y. K. WooProfessor of Law
Brown University, AB 1979
New York University, JD 1983
Georgetown University, LLM 1989
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3309
Fax: (617) 373-5056
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.
Professor 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
- “Justice,” in Handbook of China’s Governance and Domestic Politics, ed. C. Ogden (Routledge, 2013), 53.
- Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
- Litigating in America: Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishing Co., 2006) (co-author).
- American Civil Litigation: Historical, Social and Cultural Context (Falu Chubanshe, 2002) (co-author).
- East Asian Law: Universal Norms and Local Culture (Cruzon/Routledge Publishers, 2002) (co-author).
- “Law’s Location in China’s Countryside,” 29(2) Wisconsin International Law Journal (2011).
- “Bounded Legality: China’s Developmental State and Civil Dispute Resolution: an Essay in Honor of Professor Hungdah Chiu,” 27 University of Maryland Journal of International Law 235 (2012).
- “Civil Justice in China: An Empirical Study of Three Provinces,” 53 American Journal of Comparative Law 911 (2005).
- “Law, Development and the Socio-Economic Rights of Chinese Women,” 19 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 345 (Spring 2005).
- “Shaping Citizenship: Chinese Family Law and Women,” 15 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 75 (2003).
- “Reflections on International Legal Education Exchange,” 51 Journal of Legal Education 449 (2001).
- “Reaffirming the Merit in Affirmative Action,” 47 Journal of Legal Education 514 (1997).
- “Biology and Equality: Challenge for Feminism in the Socialist and the Liberal State,” 42 Emory Law Journal 143 (1993).