SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Book Launch: Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements

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Brian Christopher Jones

Date: 14 December 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 14 December 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Book Launch

Book title

Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements


Rarely do acts of civil disobedience come in such grand fashion as Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. The two protests came in regions and jurisdictions that many have underestimated as regards furthering notions of political speech, democratisation, and testing the limits of authority. This book breaks down these two movements and explores their complex legal and political significance. The collection brings together some of Asia’s, and especially Taiwan and Hong Kong’s, most prolific writers, many of whom are internationally recognised experts in their respective fields, to address the legal and political significance of both movements, including the complex questions they posed as regards democracy, rule of law, authority, and freedom of speech. Given that occupational type protests have become a prominent method for protesters to make their cases to both citizens and governments, exploring the legalities of these significant protests and establishing best practices will be important to future movements, wherever they may transpire. With this in mind, the book does not stop at implications for Taiwan and Hong Kong, but talks about its subject matter from a comparative, international perspective.

Brain Jones

Speaker Bio

Brian Christopher Jones joined the University of Dundee in June of 2017. Previously he was a Lecturer in Public Law at Liverpool Hope University (2015-2017), and before that, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica (IIAS), Taiwan's highest academic research institution (2012-2015). Before his doctorate, Brian worked at the US Dept. of Justice (National Institute of Justice) and also the Justice Policy Institute. In addition to publishing in British, American and Asian law journals, Brian's work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, and The Economist, amongst other places. Brian's research interests are in comparative public law, socio-legal studies, constitutional theory, civil disobedience, and law and technology.

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