Mark Sidel

Consultant & Advisory Council Member

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a specialist in the law and policy affecting nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in China, Vietnam, India, and the United States.  He serves as ICNL consultant for work in China and Vietnam.  Sidel has served as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and other institutions.  He also served in program positions for the Ford Foundation in Beijing, Hanoi, Bangkok and New Delhi; in China he developed and managed the Foundation’s work in law and governance (including the nonprofit sector); in Vietnam he established and managed the Foundation’s country program; and in India he developed a new regional South Asian program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Sidel has consulted widely on legal reform, civil society, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and human trafficking issues.  Assignments include the Ford Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Asia Foundation, Resource Alliance, Oxfam, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and a number of other donors and NGOs.  Sidel has published widely on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in Asia and the United States.  His books include Regulation of the Voluntary Sector: Freedom and Security in an Era of Uncertainty (Routledge); Law and Society in Vietnam (Cambridge University Press); Philanthropy and Law in South Asia (with Zaman, APPC); More Secure, Less Free: Antiterrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11 (University of Michigan Press); and other volumes.