Yao Yanjiao received her Master’s Degree from the School of Journalism at Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Prior to becoming a public interest lawyer, Ms. Yao served as Writer, Director, and Chief Editor of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate Television and Media Center’s "The Rule of Law in China," amassing rich media experience and resources. After passing the bar exam in 2008, Ms. Yao joined Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers in 2009 to create the “Strive for Justice-10 Years of Zhicheng Public Interest” documentary, and edited the Zhicheng Bulletin. In 2010, Ms. Yao led the Rural Areas Rule of Law Project, editing, “Rural Areas Rule of Law Report,” and “Guide to Managing Agricultural Disputes.” Her written analysis of 30 national rural land expropriation cases was selected as part of, “Research on Chinese Rural Rule of Law Questions,” edited by Tong Lihua. In 2011, Ms. Yao was responsible for the National Special Public Interest Legal Aid Lottery Project, specifically coordinating communications with the All China Bar Association, the China Legal Aid Foundation, and each province’s Migrant Workers’ Specialized Legal Aid Agency. In 2012, she implemented the Criminal Legal Aid Project, which established the China University of Political Science and Law Criminal Legal Aid Research Center with the cooperation of the China University of Political Science and Law and Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers. Ms. Yao currently serves as the Deputy Director of the China University of Political Science and Law Criminal Legal Aid Research Center.