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Margaret Y. K. Woo

Professor of Law
Brown University, AB 1979
New York University, JD 1983
Georgetown University, LLM 1989
Office: 32 Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3309
Fax: (617) 373-5056

Professor Woo teaches civil procedure, administrative law and comparative law. In 1997, she was named the law school's Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. She is also a faculty director for the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.

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. She 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 coauthor of Litigating in America: Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishing, 2006).

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.

Fields of Expertise

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

Selected Works


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

“Law’s Location in China’s Countryside,” 29 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 143-196, 1993