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Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work

  • Publication: Cambridge University Press
  • Research area: Legal Profession/Legal Education

11/1/2016, Terence Halliday, Sida Liu, Cambridge University Press

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Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work

Authors:

  • Terence C. Halliday, American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University 
  • Sida Liu, American Bar Foundation and University of Toronto

Criminal Defense in China studies empirically the everyday work and political mobilization of defense lawyers in China. It builds upon 329 interviews across China, and other social science methods, to investigate and analyze the interweaving of politics and practice in five segments of the practicing criminal defense bar in China from 2005 to 2015. This book is the first to examine everyday criminal defense work in China as a political project. The authors engage extensive scholarship on lawyers and political liberalism across the world, from seventeenth-century Europe to late twentieth-century Korea and Taiwan, drawing on theoretical propositions from this body of theory to examine the strategies and constraints of lawyer mobilization in China. The book brings a fresh perspective through its focus on everyday work and ordinary lawyering in an authoritarian context and raises searching questions about law and lawyers, politics and society, in China's uncertain future.

  • Featuring rich interview materials, online and social media exchanges, and news media reports, the book offers compelling reading for generalist readers
  • Provides data from 2005 to 2015 to give the reader a historical perspective on how lawyer activism emerged in China
  • Will attract non-China specialists and offer China specialists a new perspective by adopting a comparative and historical approach to Chinese criminal justice

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