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This Issue's Contributors

April 23, 2009
Special Contributing Editor

Fu Hualing (傅华苓) is Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests are constitutional law and human rights, with a special focus on the criminal justice system and media law in China. He is coauthor and co-editor of National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong’s Article 23 Under Scrutiny and Interpreting Hong Kong's Basic Law: The Struggle for Coherence.


Jerome A. Cohen, Professor at New York University (NYU) School of Law since 1990 and co-director of its U.S.-Asia Law Institute, is a leading American expert on Asian law. In addition to his responsibilities at NYU,  Prof. Cohen served for several years as C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he currently is an Adjunct Senior Fellow. He retired from the partnership of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP at the end of 2000.He continues to serve as an arbitrator in many Asian legal disputes.

Roger Garside served as a British diplomat in China during and immediately after the Cultural Revolution. He is the author of Coming Alive: China after Mao, published in 1981.

He Qinglian (何清涟), an economist and author of China’s Pitfall (中国现代化的陷阱) and Media Control in China (雾锁中国), is a Senior Researcher in Residence with Human Rights in China. A graduate of Hunan Normal University, with a master’s degree in economics from Shanghai’s Fudan University, He Qinglian worked in the propaganda department of the municipal Communist Party Committee in Shenzhen before becoming a writer and editor for the Shenzhen Legal Daily and working at Jinan University. He Qinglian moved to the United States in 2001.

Hu Ping (胡平) is the New York-based editor of the Chinese-language monthly Beijing Spring, and is a member of the board of directors of Human Rights in China.

Margaret K. Lewis is a Furman Fellow at NYU School of Law, and focuses on criminal justice issues in China. She previously worked as a research fellow at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law, as a law clerk for Judge M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law in 2003 and her B.A. from Columbia University. She also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

Li Fangping (李方平) is an attorney with the Beijing Ruifeng Law Firm. He has closely followed the progress of the rule of law and human rights in China, representing many sensitive cases, including those of prominent rights defenders. He has also initiated support actions among lawyers, such as organizing a nationwide lawyers group in 2008 to help parents of the victims of the Sanlu tainted milk powder disaster, and, in the same year, an open letter signed by 36 Beijing lawyers from 10 provinces and cities calling for fair trials, protection of lawyers, and social justice.

Elizabeth M. Lynch is a research fellow at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law. Prior to joining NYU in July 2007, Lynch was a litigation associate at the law firm Morrison & Foerster in New York City. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003 and her B.A. in Chinese Studies and Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 1999. From 1999 to 2000, Lynch was a Fulbright Scholar researching rule of law issues at Peking University in Beijing.

Eva Pils is Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Guanghua Foundation Fellow in Chinese Law at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law. She has written for a number of international publications, including Far Eastern Economic Review and China Perspectives.

Qin Hui (秦晖) is Professor of History at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 1978, despite not being able to attend school since 1966 when he finished elementary school, Qin was among the first group of students after the Cultural Revolution to qualify for graduate level studies. His long-term research interest is reform in China and Eastern European countries, particularly issues concerning freedom, justice, and human rights. He has authored many influential essays on these subjects.

Tang Jingling (唐荆陵) is a Guangdong-based rights defense lawyer and a proponent of non-violent non-cooperation actions. He was an initiator, in 2006, of the “Take Back the Vote” campaign, and, in 2007, of the “Day of Quiet Remembrance” to commemorate the government crackdown on the democracy movement on June 4, 1989.He has represented several cases of villagers attempting to remove corrupt officials in Guangdong, including the well-known Taishi village case in 2005.As a result of his involvement in that case, he was dismissed by his law firm, and subsequently has not been able to renew his lawyer’s license.

Teng Biao (滕彪) is a scholar and lecturer at the Law School of the China University of Political Science and Law and practices law at the Beijing Huayi Law Firm, where he is a leading innovator  in rights defense law, case strategy, and legal analysis. He has provided counsel in numerous human rights cases, including those of Chen Guangcheng, Hu Jia, and Sun Zhigang. While he continues to teach, authorities have restricted Teng’s movements and increased their harassment of him.

Ivy Wang is a Program Associate with Human Rights in China and has written for the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Zan Aizong (昝爱宗) has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for a variety of media outlets, including China Ocean News and China Communication News. He received the Lin Chao Memorial Award from the Independent Chinese PEN Center in 2006, despite having been accused earlier that year of “spreading rumors harmful to society” for his reporting on the demolition of a Christian church in Zhejiang. Currently, he is applying to the Chinese authorities to start his own privately-owned newspaper, China Truth Report.

This Issue's Translators

Kevin Carrico is a graduate student in anthropology at Cornell University. He can be reached at kevinjoecarrico[a]

J. Latourelle is a California-based translator and writer who can be reached at j.latourelle[a]