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The Struggle for Labour Rights as Human Rights in China
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Event Nature: Law and Politics

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The Struggle for Labour Rights as Human Rights in China – Understanding the Debates among Rights Defenders

Dr. Eva Pils
Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

Date: July 17, 2017 (Monday)
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Venue: A825, 8/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Language: English

Labour rights are human rights, but their status as human rights is contested in and outside China. This talk engages with how human rights defenders in China, notably including professionally trained lawyers, have debated the relationship between labour and other human rights, and how they have seen their advocacy in relationship with that of labour rights advocates. It draws on a variety of resources including confidential conversations, online communications and documentary film, as well as on the wider scholarly debates. On this basis it argues that as some professional lawyers have begun to form collaborative relationships with clienteles of mass grievance victims in legal and political human rights advocacy, they have also embraced the interconnected causes of labour rights defence and the defence of labour rights defenders’ rights. In doing so they testify to the indivisibility of human rights as principles guiding legal argument and practices of legal-political resistance.

About the Speaker:
Eva Pils is Reader in Transnational Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London, where she teaches human rights, public law, and law and society in China. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her scholarship focuses on human rights, authoritarianism, and law in China. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press, and is author of China's human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance (Routledge, 2014) and of Human rights in China: a social practice in the shadows of authoritarianism (Polity, forthcoming, 2017). Before joining King’s, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. She is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University Law School, an external member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Centre for Social Innovation Studies, an external fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and a legal action committee member of the Global Legal Action Network. In April 2017, she was a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.


Date/Time17/07/2017 12:00-13:00
VenueA825, 8/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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