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Brown University, AB 1979
New York University, JD 1983
Georgetown University, LLM 1989


Professor Woo, a leading expert on the Anglo-American legal system and the Chinese socialist legal system, teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law and Comparative Law. She is a former fellow of the Bunting Institute (Radcliffe College) and is presently an associate of the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. She has received many prestigious grants from a variety of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and is on the Senior Scholar Roster for the Fulbright Scholars Program. In 2015, she served as an invited visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg. In 2018, she was selected for a Fulbright Specialist award. Under the Fulbright auspices, she is partnered with faculty at the University of Florence in Italy to develop a series of comparative law seminars at the University of Florence that addressed the changing landscape of international cooperation, including BREXIT, multi-lateral treaties, and ongoing political developments in the US and Europe.

Professor Woo is the co-editor of East Asian Law: Universal Norms and Local Culture (Routledge, 2003), and Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She is also co-author of Litigating in America: Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishing, 2006) and Global Issues in Civil Procedure (West Academic, 2021). She is a co-editor of the American Association of Law School’s Journal of Legal Education.

Professor Woo is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. She has also served on the board of trustees for numerous organizations, including for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Boston Chapter), the Harry Dow Legal Assistance Fund and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1997, she was named the law school’s Distinguished Professor of Public Policy.

Fields of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Asian Legal Systems
  • Chinese Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Comparative Law
  • Development and the Law

Selected Works

Margaret Y. K. Woo

Professor of Law


32 Cargill Hall
416 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
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