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MPAS2145 Rightful Resistance and Public Interest Litigation in China 3 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Asian Studies
Person in charge
Junxin Jiang

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to deepen their understanding of rightful resistance in China in which Chinese citizens make use of legal instrument to assert their legitimate rights, push for a responsible government and voice their concerns about social issues against the backdrop of socio-economic transition.


The course focuses on rightful resistance to the state from civil society by examining public interest litigation (PIL) that is a noteworthy social phenomenon over the past seventeen years. The course covers the following themes: rightful resistance and conventional resistance, preserving stability and rights defence; citizen action and public participation; the party/state’s reaction to PIL; and the role of media in PIL.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 16 h 0 h

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

Active class discussion 30% essay 70% ( 3 000 words)


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

Eva Pils (2006). “Asking the tiger for his skin: rights activism in China,” Fordham International Journal, Vol.30, Issue 4.

Feng Chongyi (2013). “Preservation social stability and rights protection: conflict or coherence?” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol.42, No.2.

Fu Hualing (2011). “Challenging authoritarianism through law: potentials and limit,” National Taiwan University Law Review, Vol.6, No.1.

Keith J. Hand (2007). “Using law for a righteous purpose: the Sun Zhigang incident and evolving forms of citizen action in the People’s Republic of China,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vol.45, No.1.

Helen Hershkoff (2009). “Public law litigation: lessons and questions,” Human Rights Review, Vol.10, Issue 2.

Kevin J. O’Brien (1996). “Rightful resistance,” World Politics, 49.1.

Lai Yongshun (2008). “Local governments and the suppression of popular resistance in China,” The China Quarterly, No.193.

Further information

Spring 2015, late March.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Contemporary History
Political Science