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Teng Biao

Human Rights Lawyer

Dr. Teng Biao is an academic lawyer and a human rights activist. He was formerly a Lecturer in the China University of Political Science and Law, a visiting Fellow at Harvard Law Schoo, Yale Law School, and the Chinese University of Hongkong. Since 2003, Teng has provided counsel in numerous other human rights cases, including those of rural rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, rights defender Hu Jia, the religious freedom case of Falungong, and numerous death penalty cases. He co-founded “Open Constitution Initiative” (Gongmeng) and also the founder and President of China Against the Death Penalty, Beijing. His research interest includes human rights, Constitutionalism, criminal justice, legal theory, democratic theory, transitional justice and social movement. While at the Carr Center, he will write a book on the human rights movement and political transition in China. Some of his articles and Op-eds (in English and Chinese):