Matthew Erie

Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies

Other affiliations

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Law Faculty


Matthew S. Erie (J.D., Ph.D.) is a Member of the Law Faculty, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies in the Oriental Institute, and Associate Research Fellow of the Socio-Legal Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Professor Erie’s interdisciplinary work combines law and anthropology to expand the theoretical bases and empirical borders of comparative law, with a particular focus on Asian law. Specifically, he has written on Chinese law (e.g., property law, constitutional law, and ethnic and religious policy), Islamic law (familial, commercial, and ritual aspects of and for Muslim minorities), and international law (e.g., dispute resolution, conflict of laws, anti-corruption law, and investment law). His work has either appeared in or is forthcoming in such journals as the Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, NYU Journal of International Law & Politics, American Journal of International Law Unbound, Law and Social Inquiry, and American Ethnologist. His first book, China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), is the first ethnographic study of the relationship between sharia and state law in China. His current research project “China, Law and Development,” funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, examines China’s approach to building cross-border order through international economic law and the regulatory regimes of developing host states.

​Professor Erie previously held academic positions at Princeton University and New York University Law School, and he was a visiting scholar at the National University Singapore Law Faculty. He practiced law at Paul Hastings LLP in New York and Beijing, and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law's Asia-Pacific Interest Group.

For recent publications, please see personal webpage here.

Research Interests

International Business Transactions, Dispute Resolution (including International Commercial Arbitration and ADR), Property, Chinese Law, Conflict of Laws, Extraterritoriality, Anti-Corruption, Islamic Law, Anthropology of Law, Law & Development