Mei Ying Gechlik (Veron Hung)

Former Non-Resident Associate


LL.B., Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong; LL.M., Washington College of Law, American University; J.S.M. and J.S.D., Stanford University School of Law; MBA (Finance), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


Cantonese Chinese; English; Mandarin Chinese


Mei Gechlik is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Mei Gechlik has in-depth experience in Chinese law, and law, business, and politics in the Asia-Pacific region. She studies legal and political reform in China, constitutional development in Hong Kong, and investment in and trade with China. 

Gechlik is admitted as a barrister in England, Wales, and Hong Kong, and is a member of the New York Bar and District of Columbia Bar. She worked with Freshfields LLP in Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as with the U.S. law firm O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles. Gechlik was visiting professor at the People’s University in Beijing and was assistant professor of law at the City University of Hong Kong. She was also a legal associate for Asia at the International Human Rights Law Group.

Gechlik was a consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, advising the office on implementing human rights technical cooperation programs in China. She trained legislative affairs officials from China’s provinces and the State Council, the country’s highest executive organ, on “China: WTO and Judicial Review.”  She also organized meetings and conferences to feature distinguished speakers, including the Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Hon. Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of China to the United States

Selected Publications: “Judicial Reform in China: Lessons from Shanghai”, (The Columbia Journal of Asian Law, April 2006); "China's WTO Commitment on Independent Judicial Review: Impact on Legal and Political Reform," American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 52, No.  77 (2004); Getting to Democracy in Hong Kong, Carnegie Policy Brief No. 31 (August 2004); Recent Developments in Hong Kong, Testimony for the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee (June 2004).

  • Op-Ed China Business Review March 1, 2007
    Judicial Review: Time for a Closer Look
  • Paper Carnegie Endowment January 24, 2007
    Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Chinese Courts: An Analysis of Recent Patent Judgments

    This Carnegie Papert analyzes the trends of successful and failed patent lawsuits and presents steps foreign companies can take to better protect their intellectual property in China.

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    Op-Ed The Columbia Journal of Asian Law April 1, 2006
    Judicial Reform in China
  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy June 13, 2005
    Fighting China's Pirates, Legally
  • Paper April 15, 2005
    Judicial Reform in China: Lessons from Shanghai

    This study seeks to answer three questions: Are interference, intracourt and intercourt influence, and judicial corruption of a lesser magnitude in Shanghai than in other parts of China? If so, what measures has Shanghai taken to accomplish this? What lessons about judicial reform in China can be learned from Shanghai’s experiences?

  • Op-Ed The American Journal of Comparative Law December 3, 2004
    China's WTO Commitment on Independent Judicial Review: Impact on Legal and Political Reform
  • Testimony September 23, 2004
    Hong Kong After the Elections: The Future of `One Country, Two Systems'

    Carnegie’s associate Dr. Veron Hung testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Her testimony focused on one issue: Will Hu Jintao, who finally took over China’s military chairmanship from Jiang Zemin last Sunday, soften Beijing’s stance on democratization in Hong Kong?

  • Policy Outlook Carnegie Endowment August 15, 2004 Washington, D.C.
    Getting to Democracy in Hong Kong

    Recognizing the growing public demand for democratization, the communist leadership of Beijing is prepared to enter a dialogue with Hong Kong democrats. Some in the U.S. Congress want to show solidarity with Hong Kong democrats and toughness toward Beijing by removing beneficial economic treatment that Hong Kong receives. This would be a mistake; better options exist.

  • Op-Ed Carnegie June 24, 2004
    Recent Developments in Hong Kong

    There are currently widespread concerns regarding the "one country, two systems." Recent steps taken by Beijing and pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong show their strong interest in developing constructive dialogue. Such dialogue would help develop mutual trust, which is crucial for democratic development in Hong Kong and the successful implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle.

  • Op-Ed Carnegie March 5, 2004
    China's Constitutional Amendment is Flawed
  • June 2, 2005 Washington, D.C.
    Reforms in China: Enhancing the Political Role of Chinese Lawyers

    The Carnegie China Program and the Asia Foundation co-sponsored a lunch seminar featuring Mr. Gong Xiaobing, the Director-General of the Department of Judicial Assistance and Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Justice of China. Dr. Veron Hung of the Carnegie Endowment moderated the discussion and commented on Mr. Gong's presentation.

  • Ambassador Zhou
    April 18, 2005 Washington, D.C.
    Legal Reform in China: Problems and Prospects

    A joint conference on April 18 hosted by the Carnegie Endowment and the Asia Foundation featured leading experts from China and the United States to discuss the efforts that China has undertaken to reform its judicial and administrative systems.

  • September 15, 2004 Washington, D.C.
    Hong Kong's September 12 Legislative Elections

    Despite widespread hopes, democrats in Hong Kong were unable to secure a majority of legislative seats in the September 12 elections. Why were democrats unsuccessful? What are the implications of the elections on democratization in Hong Kong and on cross-Strait relations? And what role should the U.S. should play with regard to Hong Kong?

  • January 29, 2004
    The Future of Political Reform in China

    Discussants analyze the current trends and forces that have been driving--and blocking--political opening in China in the reform era. Four panels were convened: (1) China's Political Development since 1979, (2) The Changing Communist Party, (3) Emerging Pluralism in China, and (4) China's Legal Reform.

  • December 15, 2003
    Public Participation in China's Regulatory Process and Reform of Governance in China

    The rise of the middle class in China has heightened the demand for public participation in the Chinese government’s decision-making processes. Discussants examine public participation in China's policy-making process.

  • October 29, 2003
    The Chinese Communist Party's Leadership and Judicial Independence

    Discussants examine the influence of the Chinese Communist Party leadership on judicial independence in China.

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    July 23, 2003 Washington, D.C.
    Political Crisis in Hong Kong: Implications for China and the United States

    Veron Hung analyzed the political, social, and economic circumstances surrounding the recent crisis and discuss how it has changed the political dynamics in Hong Kong. Minxin Pei covered how this crisis has influenced elite politics in China and examined its ramifications.

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    November 21, 2002 Washington, D.C.
    China and the WTO: An Opportunity for Political Reform

    Most observers examine the extent to which the Chinese government fulfills its WTO obligations. Carnegie's Veron Hung offers a different perspective. She examines a key aspect of China's legal system essential to China's implementation of its WTO obligations-independent judicial review.

  • September 25, 2002
    China in Transition: A Look Behind the Scenes

    In the first session of a two-part conference series, over 120 leading observers of U.S.-China relations attended a forum featuring prominent specialists to engage in discussion on the challenges of China’s rapidly changing political, economic and social situation.

  • September 19, 2002 Washington, D.C.
    Does China Face a Governance Crisis?

    The almost single-minded interest in the personnel matters surrounding China's upcoming leadership transition ignores a far more important point: very serious underlying issues of governance await China's next leadership, no matter who this might be.

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