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    Law and Politics of Religious Fraud Regulation: Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

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    Join an amazing seminar and hear from Professor Jianlin Chen to learn about the legal tools used in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to punish religious claims and practices considered false or fraudulent by the state. Professor Jianlin Chen will explain how such legal tools are used to sustain a hierarchy of religion and their importance to religious freedom (or the violation thereof). He will also further explore the reasons behind the use of these legal tools and highlight the complicity of individuals who otherwise advocate for rights and freedom of religion.

    About the Speaker

    Jianlin is Professor and Associate Dean (International) at Melbourne Law School. He grew up in Singapore and Taiwan. He obtained his LLB from National University of Singapore, and his LLM and JSD from the University of Chicago. He joined the Melbourne Law School in 2017 after starting his academic career at the University of Hong Kong in 2011.

    His current primary research interests are law & religion and criminal law, with a particular focus on fraud (e.g., religious fraud regulation, fraudulent sex criminalization) and through a combination of comparative perspectives and economic analysis. Together with other research projects that traverse diverse subject matters (e.g., natural resources, property, corporate & securities, government procurement, culture war, charity, tax), his underlying research agenda is to develop an overarching theoretical inquiry that 1) explores how the different forms of state actions—ranging from law, regulation, tax, state ownership, public contract, government speech—have surprisingly similar capacity and propensity (or the lack thereof) to achieve public interest objectives; and 2) critically evaluates the prevailing approach of prescribing distinct legal constraints and normative considerations for each category of state actions.


    Dr. Clement Yongxi Chen, Lecturer, ANU College of Law

    Dr. Jason Chin, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law

    Clive Harfield, Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University

    Professor Pauline Ridge, ANU College of Law  

    Hosted by Dr. Ruoying Chen, Senior Lecturer of ANU College of Law. 

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