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Law-Engaged Graduate Student Seminar with Yutian An: Testing Uprooting Local Protectionism by Gavel: A Comparative Study of the Post-Civil War U.S. and Contemporary China

Feb 19, 2020 12:00PM to 01:20PM
Wallace Hall
348 Wallace


Restricted to Princeton graduate students, faculty, and fellows
Yutian An, Ph.D. candidate, Politics

Graduate students, fellows, and faculty only, please.

Each seminar features law-related papers or practice job talks presented by graduate students from many disciplines.

This paper aims to demonstrate that the judiciary can play a critical role in reining in local protectionism, a phenomenon the literature has often overlooked.  In the backdrop of rapid industrialization and commercialization, the judiciary can tackle local protectionism in geographically vast countries by overcoming strong local powers’ resistance.  By studying the courts, the national political parties and elites in post-Civil War America and contemporary China, this paper seeks to explain why elites empowered the court system to tackle local protectionism.    

Yutian An is a Ph.D. student in Politics at Princeton University. Her academic interests include authoritarian politics (Chinese politics), courts and comparative law, federalism, and bureaucracy. Yutian received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2016, where she was a Managing Editor of Yale Journal of International Law. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Politics and Economics from Mount Holyoke College in 2013. Before coming to Princeton, Yutian was a securities and antitrust litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.  She is a registered attorney in New York and has received China’s National Judicial Qualification Certificate after passing the National Judicial Examinations of China. She is a native speaker of Chinese.

RSVP appreciated for lunch

Contact Leslie Gerwin, lgerwin@princeton.edu
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