Benjamin VAN ROOIJ
Director of the NCLC
Benjamin van Rooij is director of the Netherlands China Law Centre and Professor of Chinese Law and Regulation at the Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. He holds the John S. and Marilyn Long Chair of U.S. – China Law and Business and is academic director of the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S. – China Institute for Business and Law at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), School of Law. In addition, he is honorary professor at Wuhan University School of Law and long-term visiting professor at Yunnan University School of Law. In 2010, he was visiting faculty at New York University School of Law as a member of the Hauser Global Faculty.
Prof. van Rooij's research focuses on implementation of law in comparative perspective. Since 2000 he has studied the implementability of legislation, regulatory law enforcement and compliance, and rights invocation and legal empowerment. A central theme is how implementation of law can be improved in the context of emerging markets where weak enforcement and widespread violations of law create a vicious circle undermining compliance. 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. He uses innovative fieldwork data both to seek improvement to persistent implementation problems as well as to reorient existing regulatory, criminological and socio-legal theories that so far have yet to adapt to data from countries such as China.
Fields of law studies include environmental law, land law, labor law, food safety law, and taxation.
Prof. van Rooij has served as an adviser to the Dutch Prime Minister, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment.
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