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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Saturday, July 16, 2005

CECC hearing on "Law in Political Transitions"

Here's the text of an announcement I recently received from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China regarding an upcoming hearing in Washington, D.C.:

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold a Commission hearing entitled "Law in Political Transitions: Lessons from East Asia and the Road Ahead for China," on Tuesday, July 26 from 2:30 to 4:00 in Room 419 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. 

All CECC hearings are open to the public and the press. Members of the public who wish to attend do not need to respond to this message or otherwise register. News media representatives should see the final paragraph of this announcement.

China's legal system is developing, but meaningful reform of its authoritarian political system has not yet taken place.  What role are law and legal institutions likely to play in China's political reform process?  This hearing will assess the state of China's rule of law development and examine the role of legal institutions in political transitions in Taiwan and South Korea to see whether these experiences suggest a path ahead for China. 

The panelists are:

Panel 1
Ms. Gretchen Birkle, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Department of State

Panel 2
Mr. Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Dr. John Fuh-sheng Hsieh, Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina

Mr. John K. Ohnesorge, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin School of Law

For news media representatives: If you have no special equipment needs, you do not need to register in advance.  If you need special equipment or services (e.g., malt box, audio feed), please contact Laura Mitchell at 202-226-3795 not later than close of business on Tuesday, July 19.

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