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China's Human Rights Lawyers : Advocacy and Resistance.

Author: Eva Pils
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Series: Routledge research in human rights law.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers a unique insight into the role of human rights lawyers in Chinese law and politics. In her extensive account, Eva Pils shows how these practitioners are important as legal advocates for victims of injustice and how bureaucratic systems of control operate to subdue and marginalise them. The book also discusses how human rights lawyers and the social forces they work for and with challenge the system.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Pils, Eva.
China's Human Rights Lawyers : Advocacy and Resistance.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eva Pils
ISBN: 9781134450619 1134450613
OCLC Number: 896794744
Description: 1 online resource (312 pages).
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1 Perspectives on human rights advocacy in China; External perspectives on human rights advocacy in China; The human rights movement in China: an internal perspective; Chinese human rights lawyers as a contentious issue; Constraints on research and the use of sources for this book; The structure of this book; 2 Quests for justice and legal advocacy in Chinese history; The imperial era: tradition and counter-tradition; The promises of liberalism and the spectres of totalitarianism. Limited legal reconstruction in the Reform and Opening eraThe rise of weiquan (rights defence); The enduring significance of historical conceptions of justice; 3 The place of rights advocacy in 'the system'; Rights' place in the system: overview; Encountering common grievances; The institutions to address injustices; Marginalisation and identification; 4 Courtroom advocacy; Rules and practices limiting courtroom advocacy; Limited achievements in courtroom advocacy; The dispersal of rights advocacy into the wider community; 5 Bureaucratic control of the legal profession; The signs of control. The control complex of justice bureaux, lawyers' associations and the PartyLessons of the struggle of X Law Firm; Dimensions and limitations of bureaucratic control; 6 Relationship with the security apparatus; Police surveillance, 'chats', tracking and following and casual violence; Limited uses of the formal criminal process; Enforced disappearance and torture; 'Persuasive' and 'caring' Party-State terror; The 'dual state' logic of Party-State control; 7 Resistance and wider legal and political advocacy; The logic of resistance to Party-State control. Advocacy of and through openness and democratic expression rightsAdvocacy and resistance through association; Novel forms of civic activism: the New Citizen Movement and its repression; The goal of inclusive transformation; 8 Stability, reform and rights advocacy; Implications for stability discourse and rights lawyer categorisations; Implications for legal reform, 'constructive' rule of law discourse and agency in change; Implications for human rights advocacy; Index.
Series Title: Routledge research in human rights law.

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This book offers a unique insight into the role of human rights lawyers in Chinese law and politics. In her extensive account, Eva Pils shows how these practitioners are important as legal advocates for victims of injustice and how bureaucratic systems of control operate to subdue and marginalise them. The book also discusses how human rights lawyers and the social forces they work for and with challenge the system. In conditions where organised political opposition is prohibited, rights lawyers have begun to articulate and coordinate demands for legal and political change. Drawing on hundreds.

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