Susan Weld

Executive Director, Law Asia
Adjunct Professor of Law

Susan Weld is currently Executive Director of Georgetown Law Asia.  She was General Counsel of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China from 2002 to 2005. 

She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a PhD from Harvard's Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, where she studied under Professor Chang Kwang-chih. Weld has practiced law in New York and Boston and taught Chinese History and Thought in Harvard's East Asian Languages and Civilizations department, Comparative Law at Northeastern University School of Law, Chinese and Japanese Law at Boston College Law School. She most recently taught Chinese Law at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC and co-taught the China Law Seminar at Georgetown Law Center.

Weld was a U.S delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and a co-founder of MassAction for Women in Massachusetts. While at the CECC she traveled in China to observe developments in several areas related to human rights and law reform, including HIV/AIDS in Xinjiang Province, rural land law, criminal legal defense, and regulation of domestic NGO’s.   During the 1990’s, Weld ran a technical cooperation project with the Henan Archaeological Research Institute in Zhengzhou, Henan.  The goal of the project (funded through the generosity of the Luce Foundation) was to create publishable images of more than 10,000 ink-inscribed Spring and Autumn period covenant tablets excavated in Henan several years earlier.

Weld has spoken on “Law and Rights in China” at Dartmouth College, “Corruption in China: Past and Present,” at the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, and “The Congressional-Executive Commission on China,” at the University of Michigan Law School and Harvard Law School.  In June, 2008, she moderated a panel on “Religion and the Future of China” at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has written on a variety of topics including human rights, the status of women, contemporary Chinese law, and legal philosophy and religion in China.