Oct 18 China Town Hall to feature Mark Sidel, discussion of China's NGO sector

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts. The tenth annual CHINA Town Hall will take place on October 18, 2016 and will feature Dr. Henry A. Kissinger as the national webcast speaker and Prof. Mark Sidel as the University of Minnesota event speaker.


Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also currently serving as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

In addition to his academic work, Sidel has served as president of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic association working to strengthen research on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He currently serves as consultant on Asia (focusing on China, Vietnam, and India) to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), including its MacArthur Foundation-funded work to assist in the development of nonprofit law in China; on the Council on Foundations Community Foundations National Standards Board, the national accrediting and standard setting body for American community foundations and trusts; and on the boards of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

Other recent advising and consulting assignments include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (on philanthropic law and policy in China); the Ford Foundation (legal reform programs in China); Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (human rights and legal reform programming in China and Vietnam); DANIDA (Danish Development Cooperation, human rights and legal reform programs in Vietnam); Indevelop/SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, human rights programs in China); and other international and donor organizations.

Professor Sidel has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po, in the "chaire Asie"), Victoria, Vermont and Miami law schools and other institutions, and as W. G. Hart Lecturer in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London. In 2008 he won the ICNL-Cordaid Civil Liberties Prize for his work on the impact of anti-terrorism law on civil society in comparative perspective, and in 2012 he was named to the Outstanding Academic Award by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. in history, 1979), Yale University (M.A. in history, 1982), and Columbia Law School (J.D., 1985).

Professor Sidel's research and writing focus on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy (with a focus on Asia and the United States); law and development; comparative law; and human trafficking.

In addition to scholarly and policy articles, his books include:
Regulatory Waves: Comparative Perspectives on State Regulation and
Self-Regulation in the Nonprofit Sector
(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016, ed. with Oonagh Breen and Alison Dunn)
Central-Local Relations in Asian Constitutional Systems
(Hart Publishing, 2015, ed. with Andrew Harding)
State, Society and the Market in Contemporary Vietnam: Property, Power and Values
(Routledge 2012; paper ed. 2015, ed. with Hue-Tam Ho Tai)
Regulation of the Voluntary Sector: Freedom and Security in an Age of Uncertainty
(Routledge 2010)
The Constitution of Vietnam: A Contextual Analysis
(Hart 2009)
Law and Society in Vietnam
(Cambridge University Press 2008)
Cinema, Law, and the State in Asia
(Palgrave MacMillan 2007, ed. with Corey Creekmur)
Vietnam's New Order: International Perspectives on the State and Reform
(Palgrave Macmillan 2006, ed. with Stephanie Balme)
More Secure, Less Free? Antiterrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11
(University of Michigan Press 2004, updated 2nd ed. 2007)
Philanthropy and Law in South Asia
(APPC 2004, ed. with Iftekhar Zaman, updated ed. 2007)
Old Hanoi
(Oxford University Press, 1998)

Sidel's work has also appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Michigan Law Review, Voluntas, Michigan Journal of International Law, Pittsburgh Law Review, Texas International Law Journal, Tulane Law Review, Charity Law and Practice Review, UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, UC Davis Law Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, SAIS Review, Signs, and other academic and professional journals, as well as in edited volumes. He also serves as editor for the Routledge book series on Civil Society in Asia.

Sidel has extensive and senior experience in international philanthropic and funding communities. He first served on the Ford Foundation team that established the Foundation's office in China and as the Foundation's first program officer for law, legal reform, and nonprofit organizations based in China (Beijing). Then, in the early and mid-1990s, he developed and managed all of Ford's programs in Vietnam. Later he developed and managed the regional program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for the Ford Foundation in South Asia (New Delhi). Sidel also served on the Ford Foundation's Endowment Working Group and as a drafter of the Foundation's endowment handbook.

Before coming to Wisconsin, Sidel served as Professor of Law, Lauridsen Family Fellow, and Faculty Scholar at the University of Iowa. Sidel also serves on the board of directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). He serves or has recently served on the advisory boards of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL); Human Rights Watch Asia advisory board; the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Ciyuan Philanthropy Initiative in China; the University of Wisconsin Press; Maxwell School Transnational NGO Initiative at Syracuse University; Bridge to Asia; and YMCA Camp Wapsie (Coggon, Iowa). Sidel is a member of the editorial boards of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations; and the Australian Journal of Asian Law (Melbourne).

Professor Sidel has also served as litigative consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice in the largest prosecution of slavery, human trafficking and involuntary servitude since the Civil War, a criminal case involving the servitude of several hundred Vietnamese and Chinese women garment workers (U.S. v. Kil Soo Lee et al), and has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on human trafficking and labor law issues. He serves frequently as an expert for British courts in human trafficking cases.

Sidel practiced law with Baker & McKenzie in New York, Beijing and Hong Kong and is a non-active member of the New York bar. He speaks and reads Chinese and reads Vietnamese.
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