Academic Staff

Jedidiah Joseph Kroncke

Associate Professor
Deputy Director of the JD Program
BA (UC Berkeley), JD (Yale), PhD (UC Berkeley)
Member of the State Bar of California (USA)

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Dr. Jedidiah Kroncke is an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, joining the faculty in August of 2018. He currently teaches property, equity and trusts, as well as courses in common law reasoning for civil law students.

Previously, he was a professor at FGV Sao Paulo School of Law, and before this he was the Senior Fellow at the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. Dr. Kroncke garnered a range of awards and fellowships as he earned a B.A. in Asian Studies and Legal Studies from the University of California Berkeley, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology also from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduate school, he was awarded the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fellowship at Yale Law School, the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at NYU Law and the Berger-Howe Fellowship in Legal History at Harvard Law School. He has been a visitor at the International University College of Turin and the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Kroncke’s research centers on international legal history and the study of alternative labor and property institutions. His interdisciplinary work draws on the US, Chinese and Brazilian legal experiences, and is devoted to the productive indigenization of comparative legal analysis. He routinely presents his work at leading law schools across the globe, and is a reviewer for several leading international journals as well as the university presses of Oxford and Cambridge.

His first book, The Futility of Law and Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law (Oxford University Press), explores the role of U.S.-China relations in the formation of modern American legal internationalism and the decline of American legal comparativism. Previous publications have addressed law and development, authoritarian law, comparative constitutionalism, and the link between domestic legal innovation and comparative law. He is currently completing a book on the transnational history of the American model of legal education, as well as projects on the evolution of international law and cross-cultural knowledge. He is the first Associate Editor on comparative and non-Western history for the Law & History Review.

His projects in labor and property include work on cooperative landholding, the role of labor and employment law in development, employee owned corporations, comparative union democracy, and the relationship of property and labor rights in democratization. New projects include republican conceptions of the corporation, versions of economic democracy in debates over universal basic income and job guarantee programs, and the implications of automation for the future acquisition of productive property. He is an active member of the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and Law, as well introductory associate editor for the Journal of Law and Political Economy.