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Sida Liu

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Professor of Law and Sociology, The University of Hong Kong


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago; LL.B., Peking University Law School

Curriculum vitae


Sida Liu is a sociologist of law specializing in the legal profession, law and globalization, sociolegal theory, and general social theory. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Liu is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, Associate Professor of Sociology, Law, and Global Affairs at…

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Research focus

The sociology of law, with an empirical focus on the legal professions in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and a theoretical interest in law as a social space. 


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…

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Cover of Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work
Cambridge University Press
"The Ecology of Organizational Growth: Chinese Law Firms in the Age of Globalization"
American Journal of Sociology
“Law’s Social Forms: A Powerless Approach to the Sociology of Law”
Law & Social Inquiry

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Trustee, Law & Society Association, 2017-2020
  • Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2017-2019
  • Board Member, Canadian Law & Society Association, 2017-2019
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), 2016-2017
  • Chair, International Activities Committee, Law & Society Association, 2015-2017
  • Trustee, Asian Law and Society Association, 2016-2018
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Section on Sociology of Law, American Sociological Association, 2015-2017
  • Trustee, Law & Society Association, 2012-2015
  • Editorial Board Member, Law & Social Inquiry, 2014-2016
  • Editorial Board Member, Asian Journal of Law and Society, 2014-Present


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