I unfortunately did not get to see these Chinese professors at OCU (their in-class presentation was cancelled due to a delay at the Governor’s office in getting their picture taken with Brad Henry, and their later presentation to the whole school I missed because of confusion on my part about what time they were to speak)
So, who knows maybe they did address my concerns, and maybe the Chinese legal community is gearing up tackle the severe injustices in their totalitarian uber-capitalist system.
If that is case (and I hope it is), they have their work cut out for them. Here’s one example from today’s news about the incredible injustice and lack of rule of law in China today…
LINYI, China – A crowd of disheveled villagers was waiting when Chen Guangcheng stepped out of the car. More women than men among them, a mix of desperation and hope on their faces, they ushered him along a dirt path and into a nearby house. Then, one after another, they told him about the city’s campaign against “unplanned births.”
Since March, the farmers said, local authorities had been raiding the homes of families with two children and demanding at least one parent be sterilized. Women pregnant with a third child were forced to have abortions. And if people tried to hide, the officials jailed their relatives and neighbors, beating them and holding them hostage until the fugitives turned themselves in.
Chen, 34, a slender man wearing dark sunglasses, held out a digital voice recorder and listened intently. Blind since birth, he couldn’t see the tears of the women forced to terminate pregnancies seven or eight months along, or the blank stares of the men who said they submitted to vasectomies to save family members from torture. But he could hear the pain and anger in their voices and said he was determined to do something about it. . .
The story goes on to tell how a blind man was able to get legal training (despite his handicap… in China blind people are only allowed to study acupuncture and massage in China, so he enrolled in that program but then took the law classes on the side), and is now challenging China’s egregious human rights record when it comes to reproductive rights through a historic class-action lawsuit.
So who knows… maybe this partnership would be a good thing. I would suggest that the best way for it to happen is that OCU should give full ride scholarships to any blind Chinese students and then teach classes on human rights law. (heck, we could even start a NLG chapter in China) The key is that OCU (and other schools considering these kinds of partnerships), that the law is not just about making money, but rather is about empowering ordinary people to protect their rights.