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Terence Halliday

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Research Professor


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago


Terence Halliday is a specialist in globalization and law. He focuses on globalization of markets and politics, with particular attention to global norm-making in international organizations. …

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Research focus

The globalization of law in markets and politics. The research on law and markets focuses on international trade law, with special reference to the ways in which international trade organizations, such as UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, and the Hague Conference on Private International Law, create global norms in such diverse areas as corporate bankruptcy law, maritime law and secured transactions. The research on globalization and politics, part of an international research collaborative, analyzes the support or resistance of the legal complex (e.g., lawyers, judges, prosecutors, law faculty) to the advance of political liberalism worldwide. A major project studies the ability of China’s criminal defense lawyers to protect basic legal freedoms. 


Globalization of Law and Markets
Latest finding: Jun 15, 2011
In the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008/2009, Stanford University Press published the prize-winning Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis. Authors Terence Halliday and…
Globalization of Law and Basic Legal Freedoms
Latest finding: Sep 5, 2008
Across the world basic legal freedoms are being fought for, consolidated, and defended. That is the case for nations that have never enjoyed those freedoms, for nations that have advanced towards and…
Criminal Defense in China
Latest finding: Jun 15, 2011, with Sida Liu, University of Wisconsin, Department of Sociology and School of Law
Terence Halliday and Sida Liu are conducting a National Science Foundation funded research program (2009-2012) that studies the development of criminal procedure law in China. The research has three…

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"The Trial of Li Zhuang: Chinese Lawyers’ Collective Action against Populism"
Asian Journal of Law and Society
“Who Governs? Delegations in Global Trade Lawmaking” (with J. Pacewicz & S. Block-Lieb)
7 Regulation and Governance 279
“Global Duelists: The Recursive Politics of the Text in International Commercial Law” (with S. Block-Lieb)

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The Politics of Chinese Criminal Defense Lawyers
Mar 2013 Sida Liu
Political Lawyering: Criminal Defense and Criminal Justice in China
Mar 2013 Sida Liu
The Legal Complex and Political Liberalism in South Asia--Law and Social Sciences Research Network
Dec 2012

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Winner, Adam Podgórecki Prize for outstanding lifetime achievements in socio-legal research, 2013
  • Co-Director, Center on Law and Globalization, American Bar Foundation and University of Illinois College of Law
  • Winner 2010 Prize for Best Scholarly Book published in 2008 and 2009, American Sociological Association, Section on Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Co-Winner 2010 Prize for Best Book published in 2008 and 2009, American Sociological Association, Section on Sociology of Law.
  • Winner 2010 Viviana Zelizer Distinguished Scholarship Award for the outstanding book published in the field of economic sociology in 2008 and 2009, American Sociological Association, Section on Economic Sociology.
  • Consultancies: World Bank; State Council Office on Restructuring the Economic System, China; Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Lilly Endowment; Ford Foundation
  • Member: International Insolvency Institute; INSOL International
  • Member: American Sociological Association; Research Committee on Sociology of Law, International Sociological Association
  • Winner, Law and Society Association Prize for the most distinguished article in law and society research, 2007-2008
  • Team Leader, External Assessment of the International Monetary Fund’s Financial Integrity Group program on Reports of Observance of Standards and Codes for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism
  • Co-Organizer, Second Hague Colloquium, Systematic Sexual Violence and Victims’ Rights, Organized by the Center on Law and Globalization of the University of Illinois College of Law and American Bar Foundation in cooperation with Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University/Campus The Hague and The International Victimology Institute, Tilburg (INTERVICT) and the Department of Criminal Law, Tilburg University, April 2011  
  • Co-Convenor, Collaborative Research Network, The Legal Complex and Political Liberalism, Law and Society Association