Founder and Director of China Guiding Cases Project
Dr. Mei Gechlik is Founder and Director of Stanford Law School’s China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”) as well as Founder and President of Good Governance International (“GGI”). Formerly a tenured professor in Hong Kong, she has been a visiting professor at the Peking University and has spoken at prestigious law schools in the United States and China. Approximately four years ago, Dr. Gechlik founded the CGCP and GGI. The work carried out by the CGCP and GGI has been presented and commended at the U.S.-China Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights and institutions such as Oxford and Princeton universities.
The CGCP is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to advance knowledge and understanding of Chinese law and enable judges and legal experts to contribute to the evolution of Chinese case law through ongoing dialogue on “Guiding Cases” (“GCs”) released by the Supreme People’s Court of China. GCs are de facto binding precedents that help guide the adjudication of subsequent similar cases to ensure the uniform application of law in China. The CGCP has become the premier source of translations, information, and analyses of GCs, with its publications capturing the attention of leading groups such as the Wall Street Journal and the International Monetary Fund. The CGCP harnesses not only the resources of Stanford Law School, but also that of an international team of approximately 150 law students, lawyers, and translation professionals, as well as the support of more than 40 distinguished experts, including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme People's Court.
GGI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides innovative information technology solutions for governments to promote the rule of law, citizen participation, government transparency, and other core principles of good governance. GGI has assembled a team of world-renowned experts on law, good governance, and IT with experience working on the toughest e-government issues for such prominent institutions as the United Nations, the European Commission, and the World Bank. GGI’s team has developed an e-government assessment methodology for use in its China eGovernment Development Index, a project to create tools for assessing e-government development in Chinese localities. The project made a big splash in China and was extensively covered by Chinese media, including China’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily.
Prior to teaching and researching at Stanford Law School, Dr. Gechlik worked for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think tank. She has testified before the U.S. Congress on various topics about China and has advised the United Nations and the Chinese government on implementing rule of law programs. She also has initiated meetings, including the “Legal Reform in China” Conference, featuring such distinguished speakers as the Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Hon. Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of China to the United States.
Dr. Gechlik is admitted as a barrister in England, Wales, and Hong Kong and is a member of the Bar in New York and the District of Columbia. She received her J.S.D. from Stanford Law School and her M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
- LLB, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, 1990
- LLM (International Legal Studies), Washington College of Law, American University, 1992
- JSM, Stanford Law School, 1999
- JSD, Stanford Law School, 2001
- MBA (Finance), Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2006