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Leitner Human Rights Speaker Series: Public Interest Lawyers in China: Firsthand Perspectives
March 13, 2018 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Location: Room 3-09, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Contact: LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu

Chinese rights lawyers will join us on Tuesday, March 13 for a discussion on the Chinese government’s crackdown on public interest lawyers. The advocates will reflect on the challenges facing rights lawyers, and will offer firsthand perspectives on human rights advocacy in the context of governmental suppression.


Zhanqing Yang is a public interest advocate, licensed therapist, and visiting scholar at Fordham Law School. He has worked with human rights NGOs in China for over nine years. Since March 2016, he has worked as a volunteer raising awareness about trauma caused by state violence. He also organized a series of urgent visitations and psychological interventions for family members of rights activists who were criminally detained or went missing. He is the author of a number of articles including “China: A Life in Detention,” published by The New York Review of Books in 2016.

Lu Jun is a visiting scholar at Fordham Law School. He is one of China’s earliest anti-discrimination advocates and has worked closely with Chinese human rights lawyers on anti discrimination lawsuits and NGO operations for 14 years. He has organized or been involved in over ten campaigns for lawyers’ rights in China since 2008. Lu co-founded the Beijing Yirenping Center, a rights advocacy NGO, in 2006 and served as its first executive director.

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