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Criminal Defense in China

The Politics of Lawyers at Work

By Sida Liu, Terence C. Halliday



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Criminal Defense in China studies empirically the everyday work and political mobilization of defense lawyers in China. It builds upon 329 interviews across China, and other social science methods, to investigate and analyze the interweaving of politics and practice in five segments of the practicing criminal defense bar in China from 2005 to 2015. This book is the first to examine everyday criminal defense work in China as a political project. The authors engage extensive scholarship on lawyers and political liberalism across the world, from seventeenth-century Europe to late twentieth-century Korea and Taiwan, drawing on theoretical propositions from this body of theory to examine the strategies and constraints of lawyer mobilization in China. The book brings a fresh perspective through its focus on everyday work and ordinary lawyering in an authoritarian context and raises searching questions about law and lawyers, politics and society, in China's uncertain future.

Product code: 9781107162419

ISBN 9781107162419
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS16
No. Of Pages 220
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Studies in Law and Society
This book is for scholars, students, and general readers interested in Chinese law, China's lawyers, and criminal justice, and the fight for basic legal freedoms. It is a comprehensive study on lawyers' political mobilization in China's criminal justice system, placing Chinese lawyers' everyday struggles in comparative and historical contexts.