Peking University law professor He Weifang has made a name for himself as an activist calling for reforms of the judicial system in China.
He believes that judicial independence should be the top priority for China’s leadership. A system must be established outside of legislative and executive branches so that judicial powers are not tainted by unethical influences, according to the professor, and there must also be a limit to the appeal process that can continually overturn rulings. Professor He also believes the petition system does more harm than good in solving legal disputes. Recently, he spoke with Beijing Review reporter Li Li about the petition system and legal reforms in China.
See also “Life in a Struggle” from the Beijing Review.