Pitman Potter

Director, Chinese Legal Studies

BA (1978) Chinese Studies (History), George Washington University.
MA (1980), Political Science, University of Washington.
JD (1985), Law, University of Washington.
Ph.D. (1986, with distinction) Political Science, University of Washington.
MDiv. (2008) Vancouver School of Theology

Tel: 604.822.5653
Fax: 604.822.8108
E-mail: potter@allard.ubc.ca
Office Location: Allard Hall, room 361


Pitman Potter is Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. His teaching and research focus on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, property law, contracts, business regulation, and human rights.  He has published over 100 articles and essays and several books, including The Legal System of the People’s Republic of China (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013) and Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver and Toronto: UBC Press, 2014).  Dr. Potter is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Potter is ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of New Westminster). 


  • Chinese Law
  • Trade and Investment in the PRC
  • Perspectives and Methods in Asia Pacific Policy Studies
  • Governance and Human Rights in Asia


  • Local Engagement with International Economic Law and Human Rights (London: Edward Elgar, 2017) (edited, with Ljiljana Biukovic).
  • Pitman B. Potter, Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014).
  • Pitman B. Potter, China’s Legal System (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013).
  • Pitman B. Potter, Law Policy and Practice on China’s Periphery: Selective Adaptation and Institutional Capacity (London: Routledge, 2011).
  • Pitman B. Potter (with Thomas Adams) eds., Issues in Canada China Relations (Toronto: Canadian International Council, 2011).


  • Pitman B. Potter, “Labour Relations and Trade Policy in China; Opportunities for Coordinated Compliance,” in Daniel Drache and Lesley Jacobs, eds., Grey Zones of International Economic Law and Global Governance (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018).
  • Pitman B. Potter, “Law and Art in China: Domination and Resistance,” Les Cahiers de Droit, vol. 58 nos. 1-2 (May-June, 2017) pp. 137-161.
  • Pitman B. Potter, “China and the International Human Rights Legal Regime: Orthodoxy, Resistance, and Legitimacy,” in Avery Goldstein and Jacques DeLisle, eds., China’s Global Engagement: Cooperation, Competition, and Influence in the 21st Century (Washington: Brookings, 2017) pp. 291-324.
  • Pitman B. Potter, “Coordinating Human Rights and Trade Policy in China: The Case of Environmental Protection,” in Potter and Ljiljana Biukovic, eds., Local Engagement with International Economic Law and Human Rights (Cheltenham, UK Ÿ Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017) pp. 215-235.
  • Pitman B. Potter, “Human Rights and Social Justice in China,” in Daniel Drache and Lesley Jacobs, eds., Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • Pitman B. Potter, “International and Domestic Selective Adaptation: The Case of Charter 08,” in John Gillespie and Pip Nicholson, eds., Law and Development and the Global Discourses of Legal Transfers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) pp. 56-81 (refereed, invited).
  • Pitman B. Potter and Sophia Woodman, “Boundaries of Tolerance: Charter 08 and Debates over Political Reform,” in Jean-Philippe Beja, Fu Hualing, and Eva Pils, eds., Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012) pp. 97-117 (refereed, invited).
  • Pitman B. Potter, “Human Rights in China: Contesting Legitimacy,” in Lora Wildenthal and Jean Quataert, eds., Routledge History of Human Rights (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2019). 
  • Pitman B. Potter, “Human Rights and China’s International Trade and Investment Relations,” in Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig, eds., Handbook on Human Rights in China (Cheltenham,: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2019).
  • Pitman B. Potter, “Human Rights and Dissent in China: Contesting Legal Cultures,” in Teresa Wright, ed.  Handbook on Dissent and Protest in China (Cheltenham,: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2019).

Publications listed on the Allard School of Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.