Lawyer Activism in Authoritarian Contexts: The Case of China

Speaker Series
March 7, 2017
Pound 102
Speaker Series

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This talk is being generously co-sponsored by the HLS East Asian Legal Studies program.

About Sida Liu:

Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2016-2017. Before moving to the University of Toronto, he taught sociology and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Professor Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession, including the globalization of corporate law firms, the political mobilization of criminal defense lawyers, the feminization of judges, and the career mobility of law practitioners. In addition to Chinese law, he also writes on sociolegal theory and general social theory.

Professor Liu is the author of three books in Chinese and English, most recently, Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work (with Terence C. Halliday, Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has also published many articles in leading law and social science journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, etc.