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How Far is China from the Rule of Law?

RESCHEDULED FOR Monday, March 13 at 4:30pm in East Pyne 010

Professor He Haibo of Tsinghua University School of Law and Harvard Law School will give a lecture addressing the question "How Far is China from the Rule of Law?" Human rights activistTeng Biao and Professor Sida Liu of University of Toronto will then participate in a discussion moderated by Professor Neysun Mahboubi of University of Pennsylvania.

HE Haibo is Professor of Law at Tsinghua University School of Law, and currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School's Program on East Asian Legal Studies.  He specializes in constitutional and administrative law. While a doctoral student at Peking University, he represented another student in their high-profile lawsuit against the University, paving the way for education litigation in China and, more broadly, the application of the principle of due process in Chinese judicial rulings.  From 2007-2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Yale China Law Center, where he completed for publication one of the leading monographs on administrative litigation and judicial review of agency action (in Chinese), as well as an article on “The Dawn of the Due Process Principle in China” (in English) that appeared in the Columbia Journal of Asian Law. More recently, he has published a new textbook on Chinese administrative law that is widely considered the most advanced in the field. In 2013-14, he played an active role in the process of the revision of China's Administrative Litigation Law.

TENG Biao is a human rights lawyer, formerly a lecturer at the China University of Politics and Law, a visiting scholar at Harvard and Yale Law School, currently a visiting scholar at NYU Law School's U.S.-Asia Law Institute and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His academic research includes criminal justice, human rights, social movement and political transition in China. He is one of the earliest promoters of the Rights Defense Movement in China, and the manifesto Charter 08. He co-founded two human rights NGOs in Beijing – the Open Constitution Initiative, and the China Against the Death Penalty, in 2003 and 2010 respectively. 

Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2016-2017. Before moving to the University of Toronto, he taught sociology and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Professor Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession, including the globalization of corporate law firms, the political mobilization of criminal defense lawyers, the feminization of judges, and the career mobility of law practitioners. In addition to Chinese law, he also writes on sociolegal theory and general social theory. Professor Liu is the author of three books in Chinese and English, most recently, Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work (with Terence C. Halliday, Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Neysun Mahboubi is a Research Scholar of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Lecturer in Law at Penn Law School. His primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law. He is co-chair of the international committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, has advised both the Asia Foundation and the Administrative Conference of the United States on Chinese administrative procedure reform, and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School. Occasionally, he comments on Chinese legal developments for CCTV America. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. (Politics and East Asian Studies) from Princeton University.