Neysun Mahboubi

Neysun Mahboubi

Director, Penn Project on the Future of U.S.-China Relations



Neysun A. Mahboubi is Director of the Penn Project on the Future of U.S.-China Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches various courses related to Chinese history, law, and policy. Previously he was a Research Scholar of Penn's Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and he continues to host the CSCC Podcast. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Penn Program on Regulation, for whom he hosts the Law & Governance series. His primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law. He has chaired the international committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, advised both the Asia Foundation and the Administrative Conference of the United States on Chinese administrative procedure reform, and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School. He frequently comments on Chinese law and policy developments and U.S.-China relations for various media outlets, including most recently WBUR's Here & Now, the Sinica Podcast, Bloomberg TV, CGTN America, and KQED's Forum. He has taught at Penn Carey Law School, Princeton University's School of Public & International Affairs, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Yale Law School. Earlier in his career, he served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division (Federal Programs Branch) of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk to Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University.

You can follow him on Twitter @NeysunM, on SoundCloud, and on YouTube

Courses Taught

Chinese Law & Legal Institutions

History of U.S.-China Relations

Selected Publications

"An American legal scholar returns to China" The China Project (August 17, 2023); reprinted Amicus Curiae, Series 2, Vol. 5, no.2 (2023)

"China after COVID –– transcript of Sinica Podcast with Neysun Mahboubi" The China Project (July 13, 2023)

"Is it possible to be optimistic about rule of law in China — Q&A with Neysun Mahboubi" The China Project (June 3, 2022)

"Europe’s China Policy Has Taken a Sharp Turn. Where Will It Go Next?" ChinaFile (April 14, 2022)

"Editors' Note: Special Volume on Chinese Administrative Law II" (with Jacques deLisle), University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review, Vol. 16, no. 2 (2021)

"Administrative Law in a Time of Crisis: Comparing National Responses to COVID-19" (with Cary Coglianese), Administrative Law Review, Vol. 73, no. 1 (2021) [discussed on "A Hard Look" Podcast, Season 2, ep. 14 (March 19, 2021)]

"The Future of China Studies in the U.S." ChinaFile (August 27, 2020)

"Comparative Administrative Law Matters in the Fight Against COVID-19" The Regulatory Review (July 2, 2020)

"Editors' Note: Special Volume on Chinese Administrative Law I" (with Jacques deLisle), University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review, Vol. 13, no. 1 (2018)

"The Future of China’s Legal System" (with Carl Minzner), ChinaFile (August 11, 2016)

"New Approaches to International Regulatory Cooperation" (with Reeve T. Bull, Richard B. Stewart & Jonathan B. Wiener), Law & Contemporary Problems, Vol. 78, no. 4 (2015)

"Suing the Government in China" in Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelly Rigger, and Lynn T. White III, eds., Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia? Local and National Perspectives (Routledge: 2014)

CV (file)