Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 9:30 PM EDT - 11:00 PM EDT

The National Committee co-hosted a program with the New York University School of Law featuring Ira Belkin, program officer for law and rights at the Ford Foundation in Beijing. Mr. Belkin discussed recent developments in China’s criminal justice system. The program was moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins and NYU School of Law Professor Jerome Cohen and took place on April 13 at NYU’s School of Law. Ira Belkin has been with the Ford Foundation since August 2007. He focuses on reform of the civil and criminal justice systems. Before joining the Ford Foundation, Ira combined a career as a lawyer and federal prosecutor with a deep interest in China, and spent the previous seven years in various capacities promoting the rule of law in China, including two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and a year as a fellow at the Yale Law School China Law Center. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and M.A. in Chinese Studies from Seton Hall University.