Living Up to Human Rights Responsibilities: Lawyers and Law Firms in the Chinese Authoritarian Context
Elisa Nesossi, Nicola Macbean
This chapter explores the responsibility of non-state actors — lawyers and law firms specifically — to protect human rights and examines the challenges and dilemmas they face when operating in an authoritarian context. The questions we explore in this chapter grew out of the authors’ work in China and collaborations with both Chinese lawyers and activists acting for the promotion and protection of human rights, and with the foreign legal community.
In Tang China during the seventh century, the official Dou Dexuan 竇德玄 (598–666) was once travelling on government business to Yangzhou when he met an otherworldly being who warned Dou of his impending death. Fortunately for Dou, this fate was avoided and he went on become one of the highest officials in the empire. Four texts agree on this core narrative but differ in their descriptions and details.
Edited by Geremie R Barmé
As China becomes wealthier and more confident on the global stage, it also expects to be respected and accommodated as a major global force – and as a formidable civilisation. Through a survey and analysis of China’s regional posture, urban change, social activism and law, mores, the Internet, history and thought – in which the concept of ‘civilising’ plays a prominent role – China Story Yearbook 2013 offers insights into the country today and its dreams for the future.
Edited by Geoffrey Nicoll, Gerard Brennan and Jane Golley
The first Australia-China Investment Relationship Conference was conceived around the investment laws and regulatory regimes in Australia and China, the financial systems in both countries, and the governance and regulation of corporate and government entities in both countries. Focusing upon these critical aspects of the relationship begins as an exercise in comparative law but given the currency and urgency of the issues compels researchers to find solutions to the sticking points in law, governance and policy.
Puer tea has been grown for centuries in the Six Great Tea Mountains of Yunnan Province, and in imperial China it was a prized commodity, traded to Tibet by horse or mule caravan via the so-called Tea Horse Road and presented as tribute to the emperor in Beijing. In the 1990s, as the teas noble lineage and unique process of aging and fermentation were rediscovered, it achieved cult status both in China and internationally. The tea became a favorite among urban connoisseurs who analyzed it in language comparable to that used in wine appreciation and paid skyrocketing prices.