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Criminal Defense in China: Book Launch Reception & Discussion

  • When: June 1, 2017, 6–7:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Chicago IL 60611

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Please join the American Bar Foundation (ABF) on Thursday, June 1, 2017 for a book launch reception for "Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work," a new book by ABF Faculty Fellow Sida Liu and ABF Research Professor Terence C. Halliday

We look forward to welcoming members of the ABF community to our Chicago offices to celebrate the recent release of the book and engage in a lively discussion with the authors on what their book reveals about China's future and the American Bar Foundation's role on the global stage. Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. 

Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work (Cambridge University Press, 2016) represents the first comprehensive social science study of the everyday work and political mobilization of Chinese criminal defense lawyers. Liu and Halliday's research draws from 329 interviews with lawyers and rights activists conducted between 2005-2015, as well as analysis of news and social media exchanges, to reveal how lawyers' practice can contribute to a new politics and law in China. 

We hope you can join us for this event. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served beginning at 6:00pm, with remarks by the authors and discussion beginning at approximately 6:30pm. 

Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP herePlease email Jenny Montagne with questions. 

About the Authors 

Sida Liu

Sida Liu is a Faculty Fellow at the ABF and a sociologist of law who has written extensively on Chinese law and socio-legal theory, especially the legal profession in China. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and Affiliated Scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. He currently serves as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Terence Halliday

Terence Halliday is a research professor at the ABF and a world-renowned sociologist with a focus on global law-making, professions, and international law reforms. He is Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and an Honorary Professor at the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, Faculty of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. He serves as co-director of the Center on Law and Globalization and is a member of the Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee

On January 23, 2017, Halliday helped to organize and co-author an open letter to China's President Xi Jinping, published in The Guardian and signed by 29 preeminent jurists, judges, and human rights lawyers from around the world. The letter was a follow-up to a 2016 letter calling on President Xi to adhere to U.N. conventions and universal legal standards.

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