Fostering Religious Freedom in China: Are Property Rights the Key?


Kevin den Dulk


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Pruis Rule of Law Lecture Series


This lecture addresses the rule of law in China. While much of the discussion surrounding this issue has focused on law and economic development, activists and other leaders have also demanded stronger protections for religious freedom, among other human rights. Dr. den Dulk questions what would it take to achieve a robust rule of law and draws on lessons from "rights revolutions" in other contexts to address that question while also challenging the notion that strengthening the rule of law for economic relations will inevitably (and positively) affect human rights. Dr. den Dulk is the 2011-2012 William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar-in-Residence Chair at Calvin College, where he is also a member of the Political Science Department faculty. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at Grand Valley State University, where he is Honors Faculty-in-Resident of the Frederick Meijer Honors College.

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