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Terence Halliday

Terence Halliday is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, an interdisciplinary institute of advanced studies on law and legal institutions. He is Honorary Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at Australian National University, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. Professor Halliday studied at Massey University in New Zealand and the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Chicago.

Halliday is a special in globalization and law with two main lines of research and writing:

(1) Globalization of law and markets with special reference to the interactions among global, national and local lawmakers and implementers. This research has involved fieldwork within the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Monetary fund (IMF), the Intergovernmental Economic Organization (OECD), and in China, Indonesia, South Korea, the U.S., and the U.K. on corporate bankruptcy, secured transactions, carriage of goods by sea, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism. His most recent book with Susan Block-Lieb, Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, is Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of World Markets (Block-Lieb and Halliday, 2017, Cambridge University Press). 

(2) Globalization of law and basic legal freedoms in the broader context of historical and contemporaneous struggles for political liberalism. This research has involved co-leadership since 1995 of inter-disciplinary international networks of country specialists on Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. The latest book in this series is co-authored with Sida Liu, Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Toronto, entitled, Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Halliday works extensively on transnational legal orders in collaboration with Gregory Shaffer (Transnational Legal Orders, Halliday & Shaffer, eds., 2015, Cambridge University Press) and Tom Ginsburg (Constitution-Making and Transnational Legal Orders, Shaffer, Ginsburg, Halliday, eds., forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

He has taught at the Australian National University and University of Chicago.

His consultations with international public policy bodies on global regulation, governance and lawmaking, include the OECD, the IMF, World Bank, UN Commission on International Trade Law, the Government of China and multi-lateral forums in Seoul, Beijing, New Delhi, the U.K. He has briefed the U.S. State Department, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Council on Global Affairs, and UN forums on the Security Council and rule of law in New York City. He testified before the U.S. Congress in June 2017 on China’s assault on law.

Halliday contributes to public debate on law and rights in China through international media, including the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Guardian, Al Jazeera and social media. He is a member of the panel on International Organizations and Technologies of Governance, the International Panel on Social Progress, the Chicago Committee, International Council, and Human Rights Watch.

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