Discussion Paper for the Roundtable Discussion on Working Together to Address Civic Space in Asia and the Pacific



This Discussion Paper is written by Prof. Mark Sidel.

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. In 2015-16 he will also serve as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

In addition to his academic work, Sidel has served as president of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic association working to strengthen research on civil society, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He currently serves as consultant on Asia (focusing on China, Vietnam, and India) to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), including its MacArthur Foundation-funded work to assist in the development of nonprofit law in China; on the Council on Foundations Community Foundations National Standards Board, the national accrediting and standard setting body for American community foundations and trusts; and on the boards of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).