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CCL Talk: The Cases of Langyashan Warriors (狼牙山五壯士) and Their Implications
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The Cases of Langyashan Warriors (狼牙山五壯士) and Their Implications

Dr. Yan Mei Ning

Date: March 30, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue: A723, 7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Language: English

Abstract:
The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of the People’s Republic of China announced in October 2016 that the cases of the Langyashan Warriors (a total of four related civil lawsuits), together with another court case, had been selected as model cases for protecting the reputation of national heroes. The cases of the Langyashan Warriors were also among the top ten civil and administrative court cases of 2016. Judging from the facts, the cases of the Langyashan Warriors could have been resolved in a low-key manner as the kind of minor disputes that frequently arise from online postings. But rulings by Chinese courts and the promotion of the cases by the SPC in particular have made these cases prominent and controversial. Instead of sticking to existing legal principles and confining the court judgments to a strictly legal context, Chinese courts went out of their way to stress the political significance of protecting the reputation of national heroes and in deploying judicial measures to promote socialist core values. It appears that the Chinese courts did not act entirely out of their own volition. Conservatives and some army personnel were vocal on how the courts should rule on the cases and hailed their victory at the courts’ decisions. Set against a highly restrictive political atmosphere, the Langyashan Warriors cases have further reduced the space for freedom of expression, academic freedom, and judicial independence in China.

About the Speaker:
Yan Mei Ning (甄美玲), PhD in Law (Essex), is currently a visiting scholar at Shantou University Law School and at the Centre for Chinese Law in the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. She was associate professor at the Shantou University Law School (2011-16) and Shantou University Journalism School (2008-11). Before that, she was assistant professor at the Journalism Department of Hong Kong Baptist University from 1999-2008. She has carried out research on media law and policy for more than two decades. Before joining academia, she was a journalist in Hong Kong in the 1980s and early 1990s covering local and China news.

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Date/Time30/03/2017 13:30-14:30
VenueA723, 7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
LanguageEnglish

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