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Elizabeth M. Lynch – Elizabeth, founder of China Law & Policy, is an attorney who focuses on legal development and reform in China. Elizabeth recently concluded her work as research fellow at NYU Law School’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she worked with Professor Jerome Cohen on criminal justice reform in China. Prior to joining the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, Elizabeth was a practicing attorney in New York, working on commercial litigation including anti-trust and securities actions. She also worked on pro bono cases, including a state post-conviction petition for an individual on Tennessee’s death row. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Chinese Studies and Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. In between undergrad and law school, Elizabeth was a Fulbright Scholar researching rule of law issues at Peking University in Beijing.
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