Cai Yanmin is a Professor of Law at Sun Yat-sen University in the People’s Republic of China, where she has been teaching civil procedure since 1986, launched the clinical program in 2001, and continues to teach in a clinic focusing mainly on the rights of migrant workers. Professor Cai is also Vice Director of the Committee of Chinese Clinical Legal Educators (CCCLE), Vice Director of National Civil Procedural Law Association, and Director of Guangdong Province Procedural Law Society. She served as Senior Visiting Scholar at NYU in 2003, World Fellow in the Yale World Fellows Program in 2002, and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Chicago-Kent at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1996.
Professor Cai has been active in promoting the expansion of clinical legal education in China, including training new clinicians from other universities around the country and editing the first column on CLE in Global Law Review, a highly esteemed law journal in China. On behalf of CCCLE, Professor Cai attended the Southeast Asia Clinical Legal Education Conference held in Cambodia and the Conference on Educating Lawyers for Social Justice held by Global Alliance for Justice Education in Argentina. Professor Cai also maintains strong relationships with transnational legal communities. She attended the International Legal Education Conference held by AALS in Hawaii and participated in a Chinese Justice Workshop at Harvard. She is one of the authors of the new book -The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice -edited by Prof. Frank S. Bloch, Oxford University Press.
In recent years, Professor Cai has made consistent efforts to promote the transformation of Chinese legal education from a traditional model of inculcating knowledge to professional legal education. In 2008, she translated the book- Storming the Court--How a Band of Yale Law Students Fought the President and Won- into Chinese and published it in China. Professor Cai has been paying special attention to the research and practice in the field of ADR, and uses clinical methodology to offer ADR-related courses with an emphasis on training students in practical skills and ethics. Professor Cai also translated an authoritative ADR textbook in the U.S. into Chinese and her new textbook on negotiation will be forthcoming in China at the end of 2010. Currently, she is working on a research project to revise the Civil Procedure Law of the PRC sponsored by the China National Fund for Social Science.
Professor Cai received her Bachelor and Master of Laws at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law and her PH.D. from Southwestern University of Political Science and Law.