The Interdisciplinarity of Justice: Research and Teaching on Chinese Legal Culture

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Date(s) - 12/11/2013
10.15 - 12.00

Porthania, University of Helsinki


The Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture warmly welcomes you to participate in its guest lectures series. The next lecture will be given by Professor Agnes Schick-Chen at the University of Vienna.

Tuesday, 12th November 2013, 10:15-12:00

Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), 5th floor, room P545

No registration needed.


The Interdisciplinarity of Justice: Researching Chinese Legal Culture and the Case Study of Rehabilitating “Unjust Cases”

Professor Agnes Schick-Chen

Why and how to do research and teaching on Chinese legal culture remains a vital and unresolved question. Professor Schick-Chen will address this issue through a discussion of “unjust cases” in the PRC, and will look into how perceptions of injustice under Mao, and the way in which these have been dealt with, have affected attitudes towards justice in the era of reform and opening.  Professor Schick-Chen will investigate “unjust cases” from a theoretical model of legal culture, which manifests at the points of intersection between politico-legal and socio-legal lines of interaction. In addition, she will consider how broader perspectives – including feature films and documentary – may provide for a fuller account when developing an analytical and interpretative framework aimed at the cultural aspects of law.



Agnes S. Schick-Chen is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna. Her main field of research is the development of legal and political culture in the Greater China region. Her latest publications include a book on legal culture discourse in the PRC (2009) and a co-edited volume on questions of how to come to terms with the past, and politically motivated injustice, in the PRC and Taiwan (2012). She is co-editor of the Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies and former deputy study program director in charge of the BA and MA program of Sinology.