Date: 10 June 2022 

How do courts dismiss domestic violence when the laws on the books have increasingly sided with women victims? How does judges’ adherence to a prohibitively high standard of proof present a challenge for abused women who seek help? Based on a close reading of over 400 judgments involving domestic violence claims, Professor Kwai Hang Ng will explain how a new juridical regime known as evidentialism has become the mechanism through which domestic violence is denied or trivialized in China today. Further, he will analyze what the turn to evidence means in the daily decision-making of the courts.