1st Edition

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

Edited By Brian Jones Copyright 2017
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction Part 1 The Taiwan Sunflower Movement? 1. Confrontational contestation and democratic compromise: The Sunflower Movement and its aftermath Brian Christopher Jones and Yen-Tu Su? 2. The Right to Free Assembly and the Sunflower Movement Wen-Chen Chang 3. Marching Towards Constitutionalism with Sunflowers Jiunn-rong Yeh Part II The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement? ?? 4. The Law and Politics of Constitutional Reform and Democratisation in Hong Kong Albert Chen 5. Political Protest in High-Income Societies: The Case of the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong Fu Hualing ? 6. The Nomos of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement Daniel Matthews Part III Comparative Elements Involving Taiwan and Hong Kong 7. Unpopular Sovereignty: Constitutional Identity Through the Lens of the Sunflower and Umbrella Movements Cheng-Yi Huang 8. To Punish or not to Punish: The Question of Civil Disobedience and the Umbrella Movement Chih-Hsing Ho 9. Dancing with the Dragon: Closer Economic Integration with China and Deteriorating Democracy and Rule of Law in Taiwan and Hong-Kong? Chien-Huei Wu 10. A Divided Society: Chinese Public Opinion on Resistance Movements, Democracy and Rule of Law Han Zhu Part IV Wider Perspectives on the Movements? 11. Democratic Political Obligation with Chinese Characteristics: Civic Defiance in Taiwan and Hong Kong Brad Roth 12. Democracy and Constitutionalism in China’s Shadow: Sunflowers in Taiwan and Umbrellas in Hong Kong Jacques DeLisle Index ? ?


    Brian Christopher Jones is Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee, UK. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan). His research interests are in comparative public law, specifically constitutional and administrative law, socio-legal studies, democratic theory, civil disobedience, and law and technology. He has published widely on these and related areas.