Public Interest as Concept and Legal Practice in China
Danish Institute for Human Rights, Research Department, Copenhagen, Denmark
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hatla Thelle
Danish Institute for Human Rights, Research Department
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Received Date: November 14, 2013; Accepted Date: December 16, 2013; Published Date: December 30, 2013
Citation: Thelle H (2013) Public Interest as Concept and Legal Practice in China. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 1:109. doi: 10.4172/2332-0761.1000109
Copyright: © 2013 Thelle H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Public interest law as concept and practice emerged in the US in the early 20th century and was expanded in
connection with the civil rights movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The concept has to a large degree been imported from the West where it has travelled from the US to other jurisdictions and been somewhat transformed along the way. Litigation, petitioning and advocacy activities in the name of the public interest have during the last decade been used by Chinese lawyers and activists in order to strengthen the protection of the rights of Chinese citizens. This article analyzes the version of public interest law developed in China, tailored to the distinguishing features of the social and political system there. The public interest label is used as it is less politically sensitive than terms like civil society
or human rights protection.