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Human Rights in China: A Social Practice in the Shadows of Authoritarianism, written by Eva Pils

In: Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law
Author: Han Zhu1
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  • 1 PhD, Assistant Research Officer, Centre for Chinese Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, zhuhanhk@hku.hk
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(Polity 2018)

Eva Pils’ new book, Human Rights in China: A Social Practice in the Shadows of Authoritarianism, is a timely study as China enters the Xi Jinping era, which is marked by blatant human rights transgressions and dramatic legal-political reform measures that dazzle many outside observers concerned with the legal development of the country. The author’s thorough examination of human rights practices and the law in China unveils the logic behind the ‘rule of law’ rhetoric employed by the Party-State and exposes the difficulties of human rights advocacy in a variety of rights fields. The book concludes

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