Kaiping Huang is a Ph.D. candidate from the KoGuan School of Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, majoring in constitutional law. In 2005, he earned a bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology from Hunan University of Science and Technology and, in 2008, a master's degree in Psychology from Beijing Normal University.
His Ph.D. is anticipated in 2023, and his current research focuses on China's modern transformation of territoriality. China began its transition from a traditional empire to a modern nation-state in the 19th century, China was eventually compelled to accept the Westphalian system, transferring the empire's dominion into the republic's territory. From a constitutionalist perspective, his work aims to examine the origins and progress of the current constitutional order's history and logic in the context of territorial transformation.
Kaiping is enthusiastic about improving China's "rule of law." Between 2012 and 2014, he worked for the Transition Institute, one of the few independent think tanks in China whose mission is to promote social reform through research and advocacy. He made an effort to encourage TI's pioneering work on a variety of issues, including taxpayers' rights, tax reform, regulation of the taxi industry, equal right to education, rural healthcare, the Three Gorges Project, land ownership rights, etc. Prior to joining TI, he actively collaborated with NGOs, the media, and attorneys on the issues of migrant worker rights and mandatory mental health treatment in China.
Additionally, Kaiping conducted research on public finance and rural development. He published a book on taxation and translated an English book on global taxation reform into Chinese; both were well-received by readers. To study rural development, he investigated mountainous poverty countries in China from 2016 to 2017 and authored a report on rural development in China. In addition, he was a frequent writer for the Southern Weekend newspaper, Economy Inspector, and other major Chinese publications.
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