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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | Decoupling: Gender Injustice in China’s Divorce Courts

Ethan Michelson, James and Noriko Gines Department Chair, East Asia Languages and Cultures, Professor of Sociology and Law, Indiana University, Bloomington
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
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In this talk, Professor Michelson will present key findings from his new book of the same name. His analysis of almost 150,000 divorce trials in all 252 basic-level courts in two Chinese provinces, Henan and Zhejiang, reveals routine and egregious violations of China's own laws upholding the freedom of divorce, gender equality, and the protection of women's physical security. Domestic violence allegations, even when fully supported by legally admissible evidence, do not move the needle even one iota toward either divorce or, when judges grant divorces, child custody orders against abusers.

Ethan Michelson is the James and Noriko Gines Department Chair in East Asian Languages and Cultures as well as Professor of Sociology and Law at Indiana University Bloomington, where he has been teaching courses on law and society, law and authoritarianism, and contemporary Chinese society since 2003.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, China, Law, Sociology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures