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International Speaker Series on China’s Law & Economic Governance

Charity with Chinese Characteristics. Chinese Charitable Foundations between Party-state and Society

Date: February 25, 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Hong Kong time, GMT+8)
Language: English
Venue: Zoom Webinar
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This talk explores the functions of charitable foundations in the People's Republic of China. Using both empirical fieldwork and extensive textual analysis, it examines the role of foundations in Chinese society and their relationship with the Chinese government.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, speakers offer a comprehensive overview of the contemporary legal and political frameworks within which Chinese charitable foundations operate, as well as an assessment of their historical and traditional contexts. They re-evaluates the existing literature on China's civil society, and provide a new, functional perspective on the role of foundations, complementing mainstream civil society and corporatist perspectives.


Angela Zhang, Associate Professor & Director of Centre for Chinese Law, The University of Hong Kong 


Benjamin Pissler, Professor, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Dr. Katja Levy, Kui Man Gerry Yeung Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Manchester China Institute


Lusina Ho, Harold Hsiao-Wo Lee Professor in Trust & Equity of the University of Hong Kong

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