China Between Reform and Repression: Lawyers in the Fight for Political Liberalism

Free Public Lecture

China Between Reform and Repression: Lawyers in the Fight for Political Liberalism

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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An enormous struggle is underway over China’s legal and political futures. Professor Halliday provides an overview of his research with Sida Liu on the interweaving of politics and practice in five segments of the practicing criminal defense and human rights bar in China from 2005 to 2015. Their book, 'Criminal Justice in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work' (Cambridge University Press, 2016), engages the extensive scholarship on lawyers and political liberalism across the world, from 17th-century Europe to late 20th-century Korea and Taiwan. His presentation will take special note of the 9 July 2015 crackdown on rights activist lawyers in China, the international response, and the import of this struggle for China’s future.

This seminar is co-hosted by the Asian Law Centre and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Presenter

  • Professor Terence Halliday
    Professor Terence Halliday, American Bar Foundation