Xiang Yan works with the Center for Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC) and is an associate professor of law, both at Wuhan University, where she has been teaching the history of foreign legal systems and western legal thought since 1996. She also teaches within the law school’s legal clinic.
CPRDC is the first non-governmental, non-profit legal aid organization in all of China, and has been in operation for over 20 years. At CPRDC, Ms. Xiang presides over the Minors Department which deals with cases concerning children. Xiang graduated from the Law School of Wuhan University in June 2004 with a Ph.D. in Constitutional and Administrative Law. As a PILnet International Fellow, she developed a concept paper concerning the relationship between clinical legal education, legal aid provision and public interest law, which she will use to unite the three fields and thereby strengthen the legal clinic at her law school and the work of CPRDC in general.