John Zhuang Liu is assistant professor of law and economics at the School of Management and Economics, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. He received a Bachelor of Law and a Ph.D. in Law from Peking University, and a J.S.D. from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on judicial behavior and the Chinese judicial system. His current research projects include using experiments to study the hidden behavior patterns of judges (e.g., decision biases and debiasing); using quantitative methods to study massive judicial decision data in China; using survey data and experiment to study public punitive attitude in China and its correlation with the social and economic status of individuals; using mobile telecom network and law compliance data in China to study why people (dis)obey the law. His work has appeared in a number of academic journals, including Journal of Legal StudiesAmerican Journal of Comparative Law, China Review, Peking University Law Journal, and Law and Social Sciences (Chinese).

Academic Publications


Scholarly Articles

Precedent and Chinese Judges: An Experiment. American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming) (with Lars Klohn and Holger Spamann).

Mass Publicity of Chinese Court Decisions: Market-Driven or Authoritarian Transparency? China Review 18(2) (2019) (with Yingmao Tang).

Does Reason Writing Reduce Decision Bias? Experimental Evidence from Judges in China. Journal of Legal Studies 47(1) (2018).

Moral Hazard in Securitization: Between Truth and Illusion. Peking University Law Journal, 5(2) (2017).

Scholarly Articles in Chinese

法学中的实验方法,《中国法律评论》2018年第6期。(An Introduction to Experimental Methods in Legal Studies. China Law Review [Chinese], 6[2018])

影子银行的第三类风险,《中外法学》2018年第1期。(Moral Hazard in Shadow Banking. Peking University Law Journal [Chinese], 1 [2018].)

司法信任与经济发展,《法律和社会科学》2015年第14卷。(Judicial Trustworthiness and Economic Development. Law and Social Sciences, 2 [2015].)

法学教育与法律决策的内在一致性,《法律和社会科学》2013年第12卷。《中国社会科学文摘》2014年第6期转载。(Legal Education and Internal Consistency in Legal Decision Making. Law and Social Sciences, 3 [2013]. Reprinted by Social Sciences in China Digest, 6 [2014].)


Working Papers

Legal Techniques for Rationalizing Biased Judicial Decisions (with Xueyao Li)

The Jury and Public Trust in the Judiciary? A Comparative Study (with Lei Chen) 

Transparency in an Autocracy: China’s “Missing Cases” in Judicial Opinion Disclosure (with T.J. Wong, Yi Yang, Tianyu Zhang) 

Are Empirical Legal Scholars Ideological? (with Zigan Wang and Luping Yu) 

Comparative Legal Reasoning: Experimental Outcome and Click-Stream Data from Argentinian, Chinese, French, German, and U.S. Judges (with Holger Spamann, Lars Klohn, Christophe Jamin, Alexander Morell, Ivan Reidel). 

The Pragmatic Party: Evidence from Charter Amendments (with Angela Huyue Zhang)