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Lawyers in an Authoritarian Regime: A Case Study of China

Lawyers in an Authoritarian Regime: A Case Study of China (Program)

Rongie Lan, Southwest University of Finance and Economics (China); Sida Liu, University of Toronto (Canada) (Moderator); Judith McMorrow, Boston College Law School (US); and Xiaochen Zhang, PhD candidate, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics (China)

Lawyers in an Authoritarian Regime: A Case Study of China

China is a fascinating example of an authoritarian regime developing rule of law to support a socialist market economy.  Legal professionals are an important part of the rule of law development.  This panel will explore a range of opportunities and challenges facing the quickly growing Chinese legal profession, including challenging state interests in court, state regulatory goals when regulating lawyers, creating a pro bono culture and crafting an effective system of legal education to meet the complex needs of new entrants into law. 

Rongie Lan: With Bended Knees or Straight Legs: How Far Should the New-Breed Chinese Die-Hard Lawyer Go in Challenging the Court?
Judith McMorrow & Sida Liu: Lawyer Discipline in Zhejiang Province, China: Exploring Regulatory Goals
Xiaochen Zhang: The Role of Lawyers in China's Corporate Governance