A1 Journal article – refereed

(Un)Doing Constitutionalism: The Cases of Liu Xiaobo and Xu Zhiyong

List of Authors: Hermann Aubié, Xinhong Wang

Publisher: Routledge

Publication year: 2016

Journal: Asian Studies Review

Journal name in source: Asian Studies Review

Volume number: 40

Issue number: 3

Number of pages: 17

ISSN: 1035-7823

eISSN: 1467-8403

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2016.1194806


Based on the cases of Liu Xiaobo and Xu Zhiyong, this article reviews the Court judgments and discussions about the criminal charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting public order” used against Liu Xiaobo and Xu Zhiyong respectively. Through a review of the discourses of Chinese legal scholars surrounding the two cases, we focus on the conflicting arguments regarding the Chinese Constitution and the Constitutional right to freedom of expression. This article concludes with an analysis of the political meaning of the two cases by revisiting the debate about the implementation of a Constitutional review and by reflecting upon the political contention between the government’s recent re-ideologisation of the Constitution and the growing calls of Chinese citizens who advocate Constitutionalism as a proxy for political reform.

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