Thursday, December 6, 2012

He Weifang - liberal Chinese law prof on tour in U.S. - Brookings Instituion

Peking University law professor He Weifang is on a lecture tour in the U.S.  I heard him when he spoke recently at the Winston Lord Roundtable at the Council on Foreign Relations.  A fuller presentation of his views can be seen HERE in a C-Span broadcast at which he was joined by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.
He is a signer of Charter 08, the liberal manifesto which landed Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in prison.  He openly urges the Chinese CP become like a European Social Democratic party.  I don't know why one is behind bars and the other behind a podium.  I do see that there is a fragile peace in China - that advocacy of western legal democracy is hazardous to one's career, at least.

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