Professor Sida Liu

Welcome to the website of Prof. Sida Liu 刘思达 劉思達.

Sida Liu is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. He is also Professor of Sociology, Law, and Global Affairs at the University of Toronto (currently on leave). Professor Liu holds courtesy appointments as Vice President of the China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Faculty Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Affiliated Scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.

Before joining the University of Hong Kong faculty in 2022 and the University of Toronto faculty in 2016, Professor Liu taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009-2016 as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law and directed its East Asian Legal Studies Center in 2014-2016. In 2016-2017, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Liu received his LL.B. from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Professor Liu works in the interdisciplinary area between law and sociology (often called “law and society” or “sociolegal studies”), and he writes in English and Chinese. His research interests include sociology of law, professions, Chinese law, social theory, criminal justice, and globalization. Besides his empirical work on Chinese law and the legal profession, Professor Liu also writes on theories of law, professions, and social spaces following the Simmelian tradition of social geometry and the Chicago School of sociology. 

Curriculum vitae

University webpages:

HKU Faculty of Law

HKU Department of Sociology

Academic articles: 

Google Scholar 

Web of Science

Books: (English) (Chinese)



Mailing address:

Prof. Sida Liu
Faculty of Law
10/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

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