Fordham Law School and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice hosted a conference on Thursday, February 24, 2011, examining Chinese civil society in the field of public health. The conference, entitled “Civil Society and Legal Activism in China: The Public Health Challenge,” brought together scholars, lawyers, public health experts and human rights activists to discuss the successes and challenges facing Chinese civil society.
Throughout the day’s four panels, conference participants candidly discussed their successes and challenges in undertaking research and advocacy in China. Central to the discussions were the myriad issues facing Chinese civil society actors and non-governmental organizations, including the difficult regulatory environment and heightened official pressure on some domestic organizations. Panelists discussed various issues relating to public health, such as anti-discrimination advocacy, China’s response to HIV/AIDS, and public participation in the Chinese health system.
The conference was organized by Carl Minzner, Visiting Associate Professor, and Martin Flaherty, co-director of the Leitner Center and faculty director of the Leitner Center’s Asia Law and Justice Program.
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