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Political Liberalism and Political Embeddedness: Understanding Politics in the Work of Chinese Criminal Defense Lawyers

Sida, Liu; Halliday, Terence


This article examines the meanings of politics in everyday legal practice using the case of Chinese criminal defense lawyers. Based on 194 in-depth inter- views with criminal defense lawyers and other informants in 22 cities across China, we argue that lawyers’ everyday politics have two faces: on the one hand, lawyers potentially can challenge state power, protect citizen rights, and pursue proceduralism in their daily work; on the other hand, they often have to rely on political connections...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Law and Society Review
DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5893.2011.00458.x


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