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    Monday, February 15, 2016
    12:00 PM The Future of ‘Rights Defense’ Lawyering in China

    Dr. Teng Biao
    Visiting Fellow, US-Asia Law Institute, NYU Law School;
    Co-founder, The Open Constitution Initiative


    Over the past 15 years, there has emerged in China a community of self-identified “rights defense” (weiquan) lawyers, akin to “cause lawyers” in the United States, who select cases and frame legal advocacy with a goal of  achieving wider societal impact.  Once celebrated in official discourse, these lawyers have increasingly come under scrutiny and pressure by the Chinese Party-state that has intensified despite official promotion of “rule of law” concepts since the CCP Central Committee’s Fourth Plenum in 2014.  This talk, by one of China’s earliest and most famous rights defense lawyers, who first came to wide public attention in connection with the Sun Zhigang incident in 2003, will address the current predicament of rights defense lawyering in China, and chart possible future directions for this work.

    CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

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