In December 2008 some 350 Chinese intellectuals published a manifesto calling for reform of the Chinese constitution and an end to one-party rule. Known as "Charter 08," the manifesto has since been signed by more than 10,000 people. One of its authors, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 but has remained in prison since 2009 for subversive crimes. This collection of essays-the first of its kind in English-examines the trial of Liu Xiaobo, the significance and impact of Charter 08, and the prospects for reform in China. The essays include contributions from legal and political experts from around the world, an account of Liu's trial by his defence lawyers, and a passionate-and ultimately optimistic-account of resistance, repression and political change by the human rights lawyer Teng Biao.
Intro Contents Notes on Contributors Introduction Part One: Liu Xiaobo and the Crime of Inciting Subversion 1. Is Jail the Only Place Where One Can "Live in Truth"? 2. The Sky Is Falling 3. Criminal Defense in Sensitive Cases 4. Breaking through the Obstacles of Political Isolation and Discrimination Part Two: Charter 08 in Context 5. Boundaries of Tolerance 6. The Threat of Charter 08 7. Democracy, Charter 08, and China's Long Struggle for Dignity 8. Charter 08 and Charta 77 Part Three: Charter 08 and the Politics of Weiquan and Weiwen 9. Challenging Authoritarianism through Law 10. Popular Constitutionalism and the Constitutional Meaning of Charter 08 11. Charter 08 and Violent Resistance 12. The Politics of Liu Xiaobo's Trial 13. The Political Meaning of the Crime of "Subverting State Power" Appendix: Charter 08 Notes Index.
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