Dr. Mei Gechlik is Founder and Director of Stanford Law School’s China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”). Formerly a tenured professor in Hong Kong, she has been a visiting faculty member at Peking University and the University of Vienna.
Dr. Gechlik founded the CGCP in early 2011 in response to the landmark decision of the Supreme People’s Court of China to release certain Chinese court judgments as de facto binding “Guiding Cases” (“GCs”). With support from an international team of approximately 150 law students, lawyers, and translation professionals, as well as an advisory board of more than 40 distinguished experts, including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme People’s Court, the CGCP has quickly become the premier source of translations, information, and analyses of GCs. Its online knowledge-base has attracted over 15,000 unique users and 100,000 page views to date. The CGCP’s work has been presented at the U.S.-China Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights and institutions such as Oxford and Princeton universities. In November 2015, Dr. Gechlik will present the CGCP’s work during the World Bank Group’s Law, Justice and Development week together with leading judges from Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S.
In her early years at Stanford, Dr. Gechlik founded and served as president and CEO of Good Governance International (GGI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the core principles of good governance. Dr. Gechlik created the China eGovernment Development Index to assess e-government development in Chinese localities. The project was widely reported by China’s media, including the People’s Daily.
From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Gechlik worked for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think tank. In this capacity, 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