The Widening Gulf Across the Taiwan Strait: Law, Criminal Justice, and Human Rights

Seminar/Forum

The Widening Gulf Across the Taiwan Strait: Law, Criminal Justice, and Human Rights

Room 223, Level 2
Law
185 Pelham Street

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The gulf between legal systems across the Taiwan Strait is far wider than a hundred miles. Last November, the Taiwanese human-rights activist Lee Ming-che was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in China for subverting state power. In Taiwan, the case was criticized as a violation of free expression. Lee’s case has heightened already strained cross-strait relations. It has also laid bare the increasing divergence between China and Taiwan with respect to protecting human rights. In three decades, Taiwan has transformed from martial law to a democracy incorporating international human rights norms. China simultaneously has not only remained under strict one-party rule but also seen a shrinking space for civil society. This talk will address what these trends mean for each side of the Strait as well as relations between Beijing and Taipei.

Presenter

  • Professor Margaret Lewis
    Professor Margaret Lewis, Professor of Law