China’s First Charity Law and its Implications for Civil Society

Seminar/Forum

China’s First Charity Law and its Implications for Civil Society

With the passage of China’s first Charity Law in March 2016, Chinese nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) entered a new and unprecedented era of legal regulation, one that dramatically transformed the formal rules governing state-civil society relations. This talk will highlight problems experienced under earlier regulations and outline some major features of the new law. Drawing on grassroots NGO responses to the law’s initial public drafts, Dr Spires will analyse gaps between NGO leaders’ understanding of their work and several of the law’s key provisions, revealing civil society’s skepticism and pessimism about prospects for change. The talk concludes by considering the law’s likely implications for civil society development in China.

Presenter

  • Dr Anthony Spires
    Dr Anthony Spires, Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies