Hewlett Grant Fosters Innovation at the China Law Center

In January 2007, Yale’s China Law Center co-sponsored an “International Workshop on the Legalization of Central-Local Relations” with the Constitutional and Administrative Law Center at Peking University in Beijing.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will donate $10 million to support the China Law Center, an interdisciplinary center in the Yale Law School.

The grant, which will provide general support to the center’s programs over five years, is among the largest foundation grants ever made to a Yale Law School program.

“We are delighted that the Hewlett Foundation has agreed to make this extraordinary commitment to strengthen and expand the center’s efforts to help advance the rule of law and related policy reforms in China,” said Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh.

“This level of support is unprecedented in the field of Chinese legal studies and legal reform and affirms the center’s key role in the life of an increasingly global Yale Law School,” he added.

From its inception in 1999, The China Law Center has focused on designing and carrying out in-depth, cooperative projects between U.S. and Chinese experts on key issues of Chinese law and policy reform.  The center also works to strengthen the capacity of reformers in China, partnering with a range of Chinese institutions such as law schools, courts, administrative agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Supporting the evolution of China’s legal system is invaluable to the country’s emergence on the world stage, according to Hewlett Foundation President Paul Brest.

“Helping China improve its legal system furthers an array of goals, from supporting civil rights and civil liberties to increasing China’s effectiveness in business,” Brest said. “It’s of global importance for China to have the best possible legal system. The foundation is proud to help with this effort.”

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—one of the nation’s largest, with assets of more than $8 billion—makes grants to address the most serious social and environmental problems facing society. The foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, environment, global development, performing arts, and population.

Reprinted from the Yale Bulletin and Calendar, Vol 35, Number 31

(June 1, 2007)

June 1, 2007