Prof. van Rooij is the John S. and Marilyn Long Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law and academic director of the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law. His research focuses on implementation of law in comparative perspective. Using insights from sociology of law, criminology, political science and social psychology he uses anthropological methods to study compliance behavior and motivations and public and private enforcement practices.

Prof. van Rooij came to UC Irvine in 2013 from University of Amsterdam Law School, where he founded and directed the Netherlands China Law Centre. He has also taught at Leiden University Law School in The Netherlands.

In his lecture, Prof. van Rooij will discuss one of China’s core challenges: Making sure people, businesses and government officials comply with the law. As our globe’s largest legal system becomes increasingly complex and sophisticated, violation of rules, whether environmental, tax, food safety, bribery, labor, or intellectual property rights, have severe consequences. This talk discusses the fundamental problems that make compliance in China so challenging.


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