Matthew S. Erie (J.D., Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Associate Research Fellow of the Socio-Legal Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Professor Erie’s interdisciplinary work stimulates conversations between law and anthropology to understand the role of normative pluralism in international ordering, with a particular focus on China.
He has written extensively on Chinese domestic law (e.g., property law, constitutional law, and ethnic and religious policy) and China’s impact on international law (e.g., dispute resolution, conflict of laws, anti-corruption law, and investment law) in such journals as the Virginia Journal of International Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, Law and Social Inquiry, and American Ethnologist. His first book, China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law (Cambridge University Press 2016) is the first ethnographic study of the relationship between sharia and state law in China.
His current research, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, examines China’s approach to law and development in weak and fragile states. Professor Erie previously held academic positions at Princeton University and NYU Law School, and he was a visiting scholar at the National University Singapore Law Faculty. He is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and practiced law in New York and Beijing. For more information visit: Matthew S. Erie.