He Weifang (Chinese: 贺卫方; pinyin: Hè Wèifāng) is a professor at Peking University of China and an activist striving to reform the Chinese judicial system, who has argued that the Chinese Communist Party is an unregistered and therefore illegal organization in China.
Since 1992, he has striven to reform the Chinese judicial system. He has written many papers on the importance of modernizing China's judicial system, earning him the nickname "Justice He". His works includes The Judicial Ideals and Institutions and The Ways to Carry Justice.
Because of his public support and signing for Liu Xiaobo's Charter 08, He Weifang was removed from its position in Peking University and was exiled to remote Shihezi in Xinjiang. However, Shihezi University in Xinjiang has established a steady cooperative relationship with Peking University, with the latter sending professors and officials year by year as visiting scholars to support the development of Shihezi University. There is no direct evidence which corroborates the claim that He's temporary appointment at Shihezi is related to his signing the "Charter". It is thus misleading to call his term at Shihezi exile.
He resigned from his position in Peking University because he had grown a distaste to the politics present in Beijing. In 2008 he had accepted a job offer to be the dean of the law school of Zhejiang University. The Communist Party of China had forced the school to withdraw the job offer, then offered He a position at Shihezi. Richard McGregor, author of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, said that this was "a deliberately humiliating transfer, akin to a Harvard Law School professor being reassigned to a small community college in rural Texas" and that the party had "nailed" He "with a little more subtlety."
- McGregor, Richard. The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers. Harper Perennial: New York, 2012. ISBN 978-0-06-170876-3. Originally published in 2010 by Allen Lane, a Penguin Books imprint.
- Paula Chakravartty; Yuezhi Zhao (2008). Global Communications: Toward a Transcultural Political Economy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 47–. ISBN 978-0-7425-4044-6. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- Jean Béja; Hualing Fu; Eva Pils (31 August 2012). Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China. Hong Kong University Press. pp. 107–. ISBN 978-988-8139-06-4. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- McGregor, p. 26.
- Professor He Weifang, 贺卫方 (In Chinese)
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