The U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI) of NYU School of Law seeks to promote the rule of law and human rights in Asia, including both domestic and international law. The Institute, which is funded by institutional and individual grants, serves as a resource and partner to various Asian countries as they develop their legal systems. USALI is especially known as one of America’s preeminent research centers for the study of law in Mainland China and Taiwan and works to improve popular, professional and scholarly understanding at home and abroad through its publications and exchanges concerning comparative and international law.


  • Promote mutual understanding between the United States and Asia on legal issues

  • Use constructive engagement with Asian partners to advocate legal reform in Asia and the United States

  • Play an effective role in helping China and other countries improve their legal systems

  • Serve as a bridge between American and Asian legal experts

  • Educate our students and the greater public about legal developments in Asia


We are ardent supporters and respectful scholars of legal reform in Asian countries. Through our publications and other activities, we strive to enhance American understanding of Asia’s legal progress and challenges, including the protection of human rights. Under the leadership of Professor Jerome A. Cohen, the Institute has carved out a unique space in the field of U.S.-Asia legal exchanges. Our goal is not only to be educated observers of Asian legal systems, but also, when appropriate, honest, fair, and well informed critics. In addition, we study Asian states’ theory and practice of international law and their increasingly important role in Asian-American relations.