The Future of Chinese Civil Society & Foreign NGOs


Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

You're invited to a discussion about China and overseas NGOs and foundations, what new frameworks and challenges exist. Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Washington; and Wang Yongmei, a practicing lawyer at Beijing Huayi Law Firm, will speak. Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate. 

Fairbanks LogoThis event is co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.



Wang Yongmei is a practicing lawyer at Beijing Huayi Law Firm where she focuses on public interest law in different areas. Before joining the law firm in 2016, she was a program manager and senior legal officer in PILnet’s Beijing office for four years. She was responsible for working with PILnet’s partners to design and implement projects and provide advice and training. Prior to PILnet, Wang Yongmei worked at China Law Development Consultants (CLD) as a program officer for more than three years. She is a licensed Chinese lawyer who previously worked for domestic and international law firms for more than six years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law from Xiamen University and her master’s degree in maritime law from Nottingham University (U.K.). She is currently a Humphrey fellow at American University in Washington, D.C.

Anthony Saich is the Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program, and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Consultant (Asia) at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He has worked intensively on the Chinese Foreign NGO Law since 2015, including advising a wide range of NGOs, foundations and think tanks, and speaking widely on the impacts and consequences of the Law and its implementation in the US, Canada, China and elsewhere. Sidel has also consulted intensively on the Law with government officials and scholars (including public security personnel and academics) in China.