** This talk is members only**
China is currently at a stalemate between social, economic and political pressures for serious legal system reform bubbling up from below, and the Party’s conservative leadership. Will the new Politburo and Government leaders installed in 2012 be any more likely to support institutional reform than their predecessors?
Reknowned Chinese legal expert Professor Jerome Cohen will discuss several examples of current political-legal dilemmas, including the State Secrets Law and pending cases, prospects for revising “reeducation through labor”, efforts to amend the Criminal Procedure Law and the intensifying attack on public interest and human rights lawyers.
DATE: Friday, May 21
TIME: 10:00am -11:30am
VENUE: The Embassy of Romania, Ritan Lu Dong Er Jie (on the East side of Ritan Park)
**Bring passport or photo ID AND FCCC membership card**
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Jerome Cohen is a professor of law at New York University School of Law, capping a long career of studying Chinese legal systems that began when he interviewed refugees in Hong Kong in the early 1960s . He has been a long advocate of legal reform and human rights in mainland China and Taiwan, where he counts President Ma Ying-jeou and former vice president Annette Lu among his former students. He writes a bimonthly column in the South China Morning Post and a Chinese-language column in Taiwan’s China Times. He serves “of counsel” to law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.