Zhang Tao, Civil Society Activist
Public interest lawyer Jia Ping and civil society activist Zhang Tao will share their insiders’ perspectives on challenges facing civil society leaders and public interest lawyers in China. Both have been working at the forefront of HIV/AIDS awareness and rights protection for almost a decade.
Mr. Jia and Ms. Zhang will begin with an introduction to civil society and legal development in China over the past two decades, followed by insights into their pioneering efforts to found the Health Governance Initiative, one of China’s first ‘watchdog’ nongovernmental organizations. Their inspirational account of how the health sector has become an entry point for a rights-based approach to accountable governance has wide implications for the future of China’s civil society development.
Mr. Jia graduated from Ren Min University law school (M.A.) and East China University of Political Science and Law ( B.A.). He was also a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Human Rights in 2005. For more on Jia Ping see http://asiasociety.org/policy/social-issues/public-health/empowering-young
Lunch will be served; registration is required. To register please see https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/events/46022-a-rightsbased-approach-to-civil-society-and-public.
This event is off-the-record and open to Penn ID holders only.