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Wuhan University Public Interest and Development Law Institute (PIDLI)

Wuhan, China
Joined February 2012

Vision: For social justice, human dignity and every person’s liberty and happiness

Presence in: China

Mission: To develop legal empowerment among disadvantaged groups, engage in research, education and advocacy of human rights, public interest and development law, and promote the development of civil society in China.

University-based humanities and social science research institute. The inspiration for this establishment comes from the public interest law movement, the “law and development” movement, and the “developmental law” campaign in Southeast Asian countries.

With a history of more than 80 years, Wuhan University School of Law is one of the preeminent centers of legal education and research in China. In its history, the faculty and students have always believed that legal theory should be combined with practice, and the rapid development of practice-oriented teaching and legal clinical training has confirmed this belief. With this concept and tradition in mind, we established this institute with law as its foundation and public interest, development, and human rights as its breakthrough points, to advocate for and engage in multi-disciplinary and practice-oriented research.

The Institute has set up a Consultant Committee made up of law professors who enjoy a good reputation and widespread respect. These professors decide on important issues that guide the direction of the Institute. The main tasks of the Institute are to carry out legal research, teaching and publishing; and the promotion of public interest, development and human rights law under the guidance of the Consultant Committee.

People Associated With This Organization

Peng Ding

Wuhan University Public Interest and...
Joined May 2012
Interests: Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Ding Peng is a senior program director and principle researcher of East-lake Institute for Social Advancement (EISA), Wuhan, China. He started his public interest law career in 2009 with a master degree in law from Wuhan University. In the past 8 years, he has built his expertise in training legal aid workers and community legal advocates in China, carrying out empirical human rights research, and advocating for policy change. He also contributed several reports on legal aid to the Annual Bluebook of China’s Human Rights (2011-2015). He is currently working on a serial of criminal justice projects to promote the early intervention of lawyers and the protection of poor defendants in death penalty cases in China.

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Wei Gao

Wuhan University Public Interest and...
Joined December 2011
Interests: Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice
Gao Wei is now the project manager with Wuhan University Public Interest and Development law institute (PIDLI). She earns her Bachelor degree in law in Wuhan University in 2008 and the master degree in Human Rights Law in Central European University in 2010. She has started working with PIDLI since 2010 and the main project she has been in charge of is Legal Empowerment in China which involves a wide range of activities including training and research targeting various disadvantaged groups in China. She has closely worked on rural justice over the years and particularly with rural women leaders in Hubei Province in China for the past two years. She is now working on disability rights and have a particular interest on women with disabilities.

Zhang Wanhong

Wuhan University Public Interest and...
Joined December 2011
Zhang Wanhong earned his Ph.D. in Law from Wuhan University School of Law, Wuhan, where he now holds the position of Professor of Jurisprudence. He has mainly been working on legal issues related to human rights, public interest and civil society. The courses he offers include Jurisprudence, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law, Legal Empowerment Clinic, and others. He is the author and translator of a number of books, and has published articles in both international and Chinese publications. As the Director of Wuhan University Public Interest and Development Law Institute, Professor Zhang founded the Access to Justice in Rural China project. This project aims to provide citizens with access to relevant, effective, affordable, and independent legal advice and services all rural counties of Hubei province.
Wei Gao is the network champion (main point of contact) for Wuhan University Public Interest and Development Law Institute (PIDLI).

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