Professor Eva Pils
Date: July 3, 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue: A723, 7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Abstract： The resurgence of authoritarianism in many countries around the world is one of the major shifts of our era. It occurs at a time when liberal democracies are struggling with anti-democratic political forces, as well as deepening injustices and a sense of political disempowerment, and when societies around the world are becoming more interconnected. The expansion of autocratic governance norms and practices challenges international norms, mechanisms and institutions set up on the basis of liberal legal-political principles, such as the treaty mechanisms of the United Nations, as well as transnational civil society. Together, these phenomena raise the spectre of a shift to global authoritarianism as a transnational governance pattern.
About the speaker: Eva Pils is Professor of Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her current research addresses the challenges to human rights and the rule of law from authoritarian conceptions and practices of governance and the boundaries of legal and political resistance. She is author of China’s human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance (Routledge, 2014) and of Human rights in China: a social practice in the shadows of authoritarianism (Polity, 2018). Before joining King’s in 2014, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.
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