Jun 10
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CCL: Evidentialism and the Denial of Domestic Violence by Chinese Courts (證據主義與法院對家庭暴力的裁判)


Access to Justice and Gender Equality Series


Evidentialism and the Denial of Domestic Violence by Chinese Courts


Date: June 10, 2022  Friday 13:00-14:00 (HKT)
Language: Delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation in Mandarin and Chinese subtitles

Via Zoom Platform

 Registration Link : https://bit.ly/3aF6anr


How do courts dismiss domestic violence when the laws on the books have increasingly sided with women victims? How does judges’ adherence to a prohibitively high standard of proof present a challenge for abused women who seek help? Based on a close reading of over 400 judgments involving domestic violence claims, Professor Kwai Hang Ng will explain how a new juridical regime known as evidentialism has become the mechanism through which domestic violence is denied or trivialized in China today. Further, he will analyze what the turn to evidence means in the daily decision-making of the courts.



Kwai Hang NG

Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego. His monograph Embedded Courts: Judicial Decision-Making in China (co-authored with HE Xin, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017) has received the 2018 Distinguished Book Award of Asian Law and Society Association.


 This online event is organised by Equality Rights Project, Faculty of Law, HKU. For inquiries, please email .


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