New Zealand and Saudi Arabia Prepare Extraditions to China

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Zealand ruled in a 3-2 decision to allow the extradition of a murder suspect to China at the request of Chinese authorities. The ruling sets what critics have described as a dangerous...

Chinese Joke About Lawyers Turns Out To Be All Too True

There’s a Chinese joke about lawyers that goes like this:  “You know you broke the law, right?” “Which law?” “Why, teaching the law is illegal!” [Editor’s note: It reads better in the original Chinese] The joke became reality...

Wu Si on Wukan and Civil Rights

Wu Si, Chief Editor of the journal Yanhuang Chunqiu (炎黄春秋), contributed his thoughts to an online forum discussing the December 22 People’s Daily editorial “What Does ‘Wukan’s Turn’ Mean for...

Beijing’s Lack of Penalties in Labor Cases Stirs Outrage – Howard W. French

China announced verdicts yesterday in the Shanxi Brick Kiln slave labor controversy. According to the New York Times, popular response to the government’s measures, which included prosecution of only a few low-level officials, has been somewhat less than enthusiastic: Chinese journalists say government propaganda officials have urged the news media to limit coverage of the […]

Police blame law for Net crime – Xinhua

From Xinhua via Shanghai Daily (link): CHINA’S police are struggling to clamp down on rampant Internet crime in the face of vague and inadequate laws, senior police say. “The most common crimes involve theft, racketeering, fraud of on-line resources and services, mass disruption and inconvenience to the public,” said Xu Jianzhuo, deputy director of the […]

Divorce lawyers reap the benefit of Chinese boom

From News.telegraph: Marriage guidance counsellors and their inevitable offshoot, the divorce lawyer, are the latest growth industry to emerge from China’s booming cities. Divorces rose last year too 1.6 million, up by a fifth on 2003. The government and media are now paying agonised attention to the “quicky” divorce and its irresponsible parent, the “flash” […]

China to introduce jury trials first time starting next week

From China will introduce jury trials next week for the first time aiming to bring impartiality and independence to the judicial system. About 27,000 jurors will report for duty May 1, helping decide criminal and civil cases as they sit on a three-member panel with judges. The jurors were picked by half of China’s […]

Court affirms 29 well-known trademarks

From People’s daily online: The Supreme People’s Court has affirmed a total of 29 well-known trademarks since they began to affirm well-known trademarks in trial of disputes over trademark and domain name in 2001. The 29 well-known trademarks include “Sinochem,” “Rolex,” “Honghe,” “Safeguard,” “Wal-Mart,” “Dupont,” “Nippon,” “Gome Electronics,” and “Ping’an.” By affirming well-known trademarks, the […]

China deepens judicial reform to guarantee citizens’ legal rights: white paper

From people daily: China further deepened judicial reform in 2004 in a bid to ensure justice and guarantee citizens’ legal rights, says a white paper on China’s human rights progress in 2004 issued by the Information Office of the state council on Wednesday. The white paper says China has cracked down on various criminal offenses […]

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