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Terence Halliday

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Joint appointment

Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University; Honorary Professor, School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, Australian National University; Fellow, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago

Curriculum vitae


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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…

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Research focus

The globalization of law in markets and politics. 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. Research on globalization and politics is part of an international research collaborative and 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. 


Criminal Defense in China

Terence Halliday and Sida Liu completed a National Science Foundation funded research project that studied the development of criminal procedure law and practice in China between 2005 and 2015. The…

Globalization of Law and Markets

This longstanding research program examines the ways global institutions create law for world trade and shape national markets. The most recently completed project studied interactions among global,…

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Protecting Basic Legal Freedoms: International Legal Complexes, Accountability Devices, and the Deviant Case of China, byTerence C. Halliday, Shira Zilberstein and Wendy Espeland
Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 17:159-80.
“International Law and Transnational Legal Orders: Permeating Boundaries and Extending Social Science Encounters”
"The Bible in Contemporaneous Struggles for Basic Legal Freedoms"
The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in China

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Hope: A Message To China's Defense Lawyers

Jul 23, 2021

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Transnational legal order through rule of law? Australia and the United Nations Security Council, 2005-2022
Mar 2023 Jeremy Farrall
Congressional Hearing: "Gagging the Lawyers: China’s Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers and Its Implications for U.S.-China Relations." Convened by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC).
Jun 2017
NLG Radio Show on China Lawyer Crackdown
Nov 2015

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Co-Winner, Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in Law and Society, Law and Society Association, USA, 2020

  • Honorable Mention, Distinguished Book Award, Asian Law and Society Association, 2017

  • 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 bythe 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



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