Yan Bennett

Professorial Lecturer
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Areas of Expertise

China, Chinese Law, International Law, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Yan Bennett, JD, teaches Law and Diplomacy at the Elliott School. She is the Assistant Director for the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University. She most recently worked at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  

Before coming to Princeton, Bennett was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and served overseas in Singapore, China, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In China, she reported on U.S. corporate labor practices, intellectual property issues, and the results of a municipal election in Guangdong Province. In Bosnia, Bennett served as special assistant to the ambassador and supported senior staff in achieving foreign policy and national security objectives. She has received awards for superior performance from the State Department, including a personal commendation from Secretary Powell. As a legal scholar, she has a number of publications on China's legal reform and on the rule of law under the Xi administration.


J.D., Syracuse University; MA, International Affairs from the Elliott School; B.A. Political Science, Furman University


Bennett, Yan, Compliance with Fed. Regulations on Employment Verification, Home News Trib. (March 16, 2009)

Bennett, Yan, Options for Foreign Workers Facing Termination of Employment, 196 N.J.L.J.395 (May 11, 2009)

Bennett, Yan, TARP Recipients Limitations on Foreign Worker Hiring, 196 N.J.L.J 775 (June 15, 2009)

Bennett, Yan, “Chinese Contract Law after the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods,” Law and Policy for China's Market Socialism (Routledge, 2012)

Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, eds., China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping, (Routledge, 2015)

Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “A Critical Appraisal of China’s ‘Four Comprehensives’ Grand Narrative,” UUM Journal of Legal Studies (JLS) Vol. 6, 2015.

Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “Xi Jinping Thought: Realisation of the Chinese Dream of National Rejuvenation?” China Perspectives, No.2018/1-2, p. 99-105, Summer 2018

Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “China’s ‘Four Comprehensives’ Narrative: The Underlying Values of Socialist Rule of Law Reform,” conference paper July 2017

Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “China’s ‘Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy’: the Values underlying Socialist Rule of Law Reforms,” (under review)

Bennett, Yan, “America’s Arsenal in a Trade War with China,” (working paper)

Bennett, Yan, "The International Criminal Court and Article 98 Agreements: Aftermath and Postmortem" (working paper)