Criminal Defense in Sensitive Cases: <i>Yao Fuxin, Yang Jianli, Jiang Lijun, Du Daobin, Liu Xiaobo, and Others</i>

Mo Shaoping, Gao Xia, Lü Xi and Chen Zerui

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139064
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882209732 | DOI:
Criminal Defense in Sensitive Cases: Yao Fuxin, Yang Jianli, Jiang Lijun, Du Daobin, Liu Xiaobo, and Others

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In this chapter, Liu Xiaobo's defense team, led by Mo Shaoping, introduce major subversive cases that they have defended over the years. By setting out the prosecution evidence and arguments, the authors invite readers to pass judgment on the legality of the prosecution, and the constitutionality and legitimacy of the “subversion” crime at its core. The authors also offer a concise account of the substantive and procedural legal difficulties they have encountered throughout their defense, as well as an analysis of the political causes of these difficulties.

Keywords: Charter 08; Liu Xiaobo; Human rights; China; Constititutionalism; Criminal justice; Yao Fuxin; Yang Jianli; Jiang Lijun; Du Daobin; Trial

Chapter.  6110 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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