Founder and Director, China Guiding Cases Project, Stanford Law School
Founder and President, Good Governance International
In 2007, Dr. Mei Gechlik was appointed to be a Lecturer-in-Law and the Microsoft Rule of Law Fellow to teach and research Chinese law at Stanford Law School. Since then, Dr. Gechlik has initiated and/or organized several projects including a study program in China for Stanford students and two international conferences on Internet law and public policy sponsored by Tencent and Microsoft. Approximately three years ago, Dr. Gechlik founded the China Guiding Cases Project (CGCP) and Good Governance International (GGI).
CGCP is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to advance knowledge and understanding of Chinese law and enable judges and legal experts to contribute to the evolution of Chinese case law through ongoing dialogue on “guiding cases” released by China’s Supreme People’s Court. With support from approximately 30 advisers and 60 volunteers, CGCP has disseminated more than 20 guiding cases and expert commentaries in English and Chinese. CGCP’s advisers are leading Chinese law experts or justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and China’s Supreme People’s Court. The volunteers are students and young attorneys from different parts of the world. CGCP’s products have kept legal practitioners and laypeople updated of the developments in Chinese law and their legal rights. The widespread dissemination of this knowledge have encouraged consistency in the application of laws in practice and supported increased judicial competency and openness in China.
GGI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Silicon Valley that is focused on finding IT solutions for improving good governance and rule of law in China and around the world. GGI has assembled a team of world-renowned experts on law, good governance, and IT with experience working on the toughest e-government issues for such prominent institutions as the United Nations, the European Commission, and the World Bank. Over the last two years, GGI’s team has developed an e-government assessment methodology for use in its China E-government Development Index (CEDI), a project to create tools for assessing e-government in Chinese localities. The project made a big splash in China and was extensively covered by Chinese media, including China’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily. GGI’s forthcoming report on CEDI will be used as training materials in Zhejiang.
Prior to teaching and researching at Stanford Law School, Dr. Gechlik worked as an associate of the China Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think tank. She testified before the U.S. Congress on various topics about China and advised the United Nations and the Chinese government on implementing rule of law programs. She also initiated meetings, including the “Legal Reform in China” Conference, to feature such distinguished speakers as the Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Hon. Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of China to the United States.
Dr. Gechlik is admitted as a barrister in England, Wales, and Hong Kong and is a member of the Bar in New York and the District of Columbia. She has been a visiting faculty member at the Peking University in China and the University of Vienna in Austria. Dr. Gechlik was a tenured assistant professor of law at the City University of Hong Kong and was also a legal associate for Asia at the International Human Rights Law Group.
Dr. Gechlik received her J.S.D. from Stanford Law School and her M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her articles have been published in such publications as the American Journal of Comparative Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Foreign Policy, China Law & Practice, China Business Review, and the Financial Times.