China's Human Rights Lawyers: Current Challenges and Prospects

628 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 | Friday, July 10, 2009 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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At this CECC Roundtable, a panel of experts discussed China's human rights lawyers and their role in advancing the rule of law in China. What is the relationship between these lawyers and the Chinese government and the Communist Party? Why have Chinese authorities recently stripped some prominent rights lawyers of their lawyers' licenses? What explains the increasing harassment of human rights lawyers, what does the future hold for them, and what does their treatment suggest about the development of the rule of law in China?

Opening Statements: 

Representative Joseph R. Pitts


Mr. Jerome A. Cohen, Professor, New York University School of Law; Co-director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. James V. Feinerman, Professor of Asian Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center; Co-Director, Asian Law and Policy Studies Program

Mr. Nury Turkel, Attorney, Kirstein & Young, PLLC

Pastor Bob (Xiqiu) Fu, Founder and President, China Aid Association (CAA)