Journal of Contemporary China
published online: 15 Feb 2018
Abstract: This article first studies the 2015 crackdown on human rights lawyers in China and the context in which the crackdown took place. It then analyses the development of three types of human rights lawyers since 2011—the weiquan (rights protection) lawyers, the sike (die-hard) lawyers and the gongyi (public interest) lawyers—the interaction among them and the challenge they pose to the authoritarian governance. Finally, the article proposes three likely scenarios for human rights lawyering in China.