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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Keith Hand Receives Foundation Faculty Award for Scholarship in East Asian Legal Systems

The prestigious award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding scholarly activity.
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Professor Keith Hand has traveled extensively through Asia, including multiple trips to China, where he has worked as a Public Intellectual Program Delegate.
Keith Hand

Keith Hand

UC Hastings Professor Keith Hand is the 2014 recipient of the Foundation Faculty Scholarship Award.

Recommended by a Faculty Executive Committee, which was chaired by Professor John Leshy, the award was confirmed by Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu and approved unanimously by a formal vote of the Foundation Board on Jan. 25.

An expert in East Asian legal systems, and Chinese law in particular, Professor Hand’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law and the emergence of popular constitutionalism in China. "The PRC Constitution enshrines a long list of civil, political, and socioeconomic rights. However, China does not have an effective mechanism of constitutional review. Constitutional rights often are ignored in practice, and some observers dismiss the PRC Constitution as a useless text,” Hand said. “Despite these obstacles, Chinese citizens continue to raise constitutional arguments through both legal and extra-legal channels. They are doing so to raise citizen consciousness of the Constitution, catalyze citizen-state consultation on difficult legal reforms, and shape China’s political environment over the long term. The PRC government’s recent decision to abolish the controversial re-education through labor system demonstrates that these citizen arguments can have an impact. It is important that we recognize and understand these dynamics."

"Keith Hand is one of the nation’s rising scholars on Chinese Law,” said Academic Dean and Provost Elizabeth Hillman. “In a dynamic field of scholarship, Keith’s work stands out as some of the most ambitious, and his leadership in our East Asian programs has been invaluable. We are fortunate to have such an expert on our faculty and delighted with his selection for this award."

About Keith Hand

Professor Keith J. Hand holds a JD and an MA in China Studies from the University of Washington and a BA from Whitman College. Prior to joining the UC Hastings faculty in 2009, Professor Hand was Beijing director, senior fellow, and lecturer-in-law at Yale Law School’s China Law Center and visiting scholar at Peking University Law School. During his tenure with the Center, Professor Hand worked with Chinese courts, government agencies and law schools to design and implement cooperative legal reform projects in the areas of criminal justice, judicial reform and property law.

Professor Hand served as editor-in-chief of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal at the University of Washington School of Law. After graduating Order of the Coif in 2000, he worked as a corporate attorney with the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and private equity funds. He then served as senior counsel to the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Professor Hand brings more than 18 years of professional experience in private practice, government, development and academia to his teaching and research at UC Hastings. In 2011, Professor Hand was named as a National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Public Intellectuals Fellow.

About the UC Hastings Foundation Award

The award, designed to encourage and reward faculty, is accompanied by an honorarium. Past winners of the UC Hastings Foundation Faculty Award include:

2013 Darien Shanske

2012 Osagie Obasogie

2011 Chimène Keitner

2010 Hadar Aviram

2009 Heather Field

2008 Ethan Leib

2007 Evan Lee

2006 Naomi Roht-Arriaza

2005 Ascanio Piomelli

2004 Robin Feldman

2003 David Faigman

2002 Lois Weithorn

2001 Aaron Rappaport

2000 Vikram Amar

1999 Reuel Schiller

1998 William Dodge

1997 Jo Carrillo

1996 Ash Bhagwat

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