Past eventResearch Event

Legal Change and Post-Olympic Challenges in China

16 October 2008 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Dr Nicholas Bequelin, Senior China Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Chair: Dr Kerry Brown, Senior Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House



Few questions are more fundamental to our analysis of the internal dynamics governing the future of China than those pertaining to legal reform. Whether legal institutions can keep pace with social change and social demands will have far reaching implications for long-term stability.

The failure of the system to address crucial issues has led to rising levels of social unrest. According to recent government figures, in 2007 over 90,000 protest incidents took place, the highest figure ever reported.

Building on the empirical findings of several Human Rights Watch reports, the speaker will address key legal reforms in the post-Olympic period.

The speaker will talk on the record.