Teng Biao – human rights lawyer; formerly a lecturer at the China University of Politics and Law; a visiting scholar at Harvard, Yale Law School, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; and currently a visiting scholar at USALI, New York University. In 2005, Newsweek magazine named Teng one of the “Persons of the Year in Asia.” In 2014, the New York Review of Books called him “one of China’s best-known civil rights lawyers.” A leader of China’s New Citizens’ Movement and founder of the Open Constitution Initiative, Teng was banned from teaching at his own university – the University of Politics and Law in Beijing – because of his activism. Before he started his life in exile, he had served as a defense lawyer for many years on high-profile human rights cases in China. As a consequence, he was kidnapped and tortured by the Chinese authorities.

Teng’s academic research includes criminal justice, human rights, social movement and political transition in China. He co-founded two human rights NGOs in Beijing – the Open Constitution Initiative and China Against the Death Penalty, in 2003 and 2010 respectively. He is one of the earliest promoters of the Rights Defense Movement in China, and the manifesto Charter 08, for which Dr. Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Teng defended for freedom of expression, religious freedom, victims of wrongful convictions, Tibetans and Uighars. He has testified at the United States Congressional Hearings and is a frequently sought-after commentator on major international news outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Guardian.

Teng has received the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic (2007), the NED Democracy Award (2008), and Prize for Outstanding Democracy Activist (Chinese Democracy Education Foundation, 2011). China’s Long Arm is his first book.


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