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Abstract: The trial proceedings and decision of the NSW Supreme Court on a civil case 'Zhang v. Zemin' (2008) 251 ALR 707 to hear charges of torture and other human rights abuses raised by a member of the Falun Gong movement against officials in the People's Republic of China such as former Chinese President Jiang Zemin is discussed. The Court ruled that all the defendants are entitled to complete immunity from the civil jurisdiction of Australian courts as per s 40 of the 'Foreign States Immunities Act 1985' (FISA), and hence cannot be tried extra-territorially as an exception in a civil claim in Australia.

To cite this article: Wardle, Phillip. 'Zhang v Zemin' (2008) 251 ALR 707 [online]. Australian International Law Journal, Vol. 16, 2009: [277]-281. Availability: <;dn=562474484985304;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1325-5029. [cited 26 May 16].

Personal Author: Wardle, Phillip; Source: Australian International Law Journal, Vol. 16, 2009: [277]-281 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1325-5029 Subject: Human rights; Immunities of foreign states; Torture (International law); Trials, litigation, etc.; Identifier: Zhang v Zemin (case) Affiliation: (1) Visiting Intern, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague,The Netherlands

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection