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Chinese Law Reform: Its Recent Past and Uncertain Future

October 25, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Silverstein Forum, first floor Stiteler Hall

Stanley Lubman, Berkeley Law School, University of California; Senior Fellow, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law Professor Lubman reviews the problems that law reform has encountered since the millennium, especially emphasizing the continuing tightness of control by the Party-State over the courts, the extensive power of local governments over local courts and the enforcement of central government laws and regulations (e.g., in failing to control food safety and hampering the application of environmental regulations), and the lack of improvement in the criminal process. He will also call attention to improvements in administrative law.

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Hungarian media laws versus European freedom of expression standards: what is at stake?

October 4, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Silverman 49

The debate over the Hungarian media legislation goes beyond immediate concerns over the possible erosion of media freedom in Hungary: the laws pose a clear challenge to the established European framework for the protection of democratic principles, values and rights. Hungary’s case therefore raises serious concerns over whether, and how, these fundamental rights can be safeguarded and maintained on both the domestic and pan-European levels.

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Rethinking Tunisia’s Media in the Wake of Its Arab Spring

October 3, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Tunisia is a clear case in the Arab world in which the liberalization process already introduced by Ben Ali did not bring neither economic competition nor political and social pluralism. The challenges now being faced in order to guarantee the developement of a true, open and pluralistic public sphere are extremely complicated.

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