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The Professional Discipline of Lawyers in China

April 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

The 2019 WILJ Annual Symposium will explore the role of lawyers under authoritarianism. The symposium will bring together leading scholars of the legal professions in Russia and China who share a common empirical approach to their research. Among the questions to be examined are the formal and informal norms that tend to constrain the ability of criminal defense lawyers to represent their clients zealously and, more generally, the limits on the independence of lawyers working in authoritarian regimes. The symposium will also analyze the extent to which the career preferences of young lawyers are changing as democracy wanes. The gathered scholars will also reflect on their ability to carry out research as the political regimes in China and Russia increase their control over society, and will discuss new sources of data.

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Registration is not required but will assist with planning.

CLE Credit for WI Attorneys is available

Sponsored By: CREECA (through the National Resource Center program of the U.S. Department of Education), East Asian Legal Studies Center, and Global Legal Studies Center.


  • 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 Welcome Remarks
  • 9:15 Panel on “The Challenge of Managing the Relationship Between the State and the Legal Profession”
  • 11:00 Panel on “The Challenges of Practicing in the Criminal Justice Arena”
  • 12:30 Buffet Lunch
  • 1:45 Panel on “The Challenges for Women Lawyers in China and Russia”
  • 3:15 Panel on “The Challenge of Using “Big Data” to Study Authoritarian Legal Systems”
  • 4:45 Concluding Remarks


Presentation Papers (restricted access) Coming Soon


April 5, 2019
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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