Robert D. Williams


Robert D. Williams is a senior research scholar, lecturer, and executive director of the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School, where he focuses on US-China relations and Chinese law and policy.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Failure Of The United States’ Chinese-Hacking Indictment Strategy

by Jack Goldsmith, Robert D. Williamsvia Lawfare
Friday, December 28, 2018

Just before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against two Chinese nationals who allegedly conducted a twelve-year “global campaign of computer intrusions” to steal sensitive intellectual property and related confidential business information from firms in a dozen states and from the U.S. government.

Analysis and Commentary

Cyberspace Norms And U.S.-China Relations: Addressing The Challenge Of ‘China, Inc.+’

by Robert D. Williamsvia Lawfare
Monday, February 26, 2018

A central feature of U.S.-China cyber diplomacy has been Washington’s effort to persuade Beijing to acknowledge and enforce a norm against state-sponsored commercial cyber theft.

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The ‘China, Inc.+’ Challenge To Cyberspace Norms

by Robert D. Williamsvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This paper explores two aspects of China’s governance model that pose distinctive challenges to the construction of international cyberspace norms: the embedded and intertwined nature of the Communist Party-state in China’s economy and the expansive conception of national security reflected in Chinese laws and policies. Viewed in conjunction with Chinese cyberspace strategy and activity, these characteristics of “China, Inc. +” raise vexing questions with considerable implications for US-China relations.