China, Views: Law and Democracy

Past Dates


Uwe Wesel (D) in conversation with Andreas Fulda (Germany/China), Stanley Lubman (USA) and Klaus Mühlhahn (Germany/Finland).

The participants discuss the differences between interpretations of law, the chances of dialogue within law and, with regard to this, the work of NGOs in China.

Andreas Fulda, born in 1977, studied Political Science in Cologne, Taiwan and London. He has worked for China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) in Beijing since 2004. He is responsible for a programme to strengthen participation in civil society and social development. Currently, he is completing a doctorate at Free University Berlin.

Stanley Lubman is a Lecturer of Law and Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California School of Law (Berkeley) and the author of “Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China after Mao” (1999). He has specialised in Chinese law as a scholar and practicing lawyer for over 40 years and is advisor to The Asia Foundation on law reform projects in China.

Klaus Mühlhahn, born in 1963, is Professor of Chinese History of the Present at Turku University in Finland as well as the director of the Centre for East Asian Studies there. The foci of his research usually include the social and cultural history of modern China, intercultural relations as well as the history of legal punishment and criminal justice in China.

Uwe Wesel, born in Hamburg in 1933, was Professor of History of Law and Civil Rights at the FU in Berlin until becoming emeritus. He has written numerous publications on legal history, politics, and contemporary history.