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Power versus Law in Modern ChinaCities, Courts, and the Communist Party$
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Qiang Fang and Xiaobing Li

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813173931

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813173931.001.0001

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Law, Law Enforcement, and Lawyers

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Power versus Law in Modern China

Qiang Fang

Xiaobing Li

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter two shows that the Wuhan homeowners, believing in their legitimate documents and rights, organized committees and fought a tug of war with local governments over compensation. Local officials began taking illegal forceful means to intimidate the homeowners, including secret arrests, detainments, and other covert pressures. After repeated failures in persuading lawyers in both Wuhan and Beijing, the residents finally managed to find two audacious local lawyers to accept their case against the city government. The lawsuit filed collectively by over 100 Wuhan residents became the “first administrative lawsuit in 21st century China.”

Keywords:   Law vs. power, Law enforcement, lawyer

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