rule by law

Laws on Paper vs. Law in Practice

A State Council white paper on China’s legal system raised eyebrows last month by proclaiming the country’s “comparatively complete legal system to protect human rights”. Stanley Lubman looks at topics...

Jerome Cohen: Thirty Years of Chinese Legal Reform

From the Wall Street Journal: As the 30-year anniversary of China’s reform and opening draws near, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong Thursday hosted China legal expert extraordinaire Jerome Cohen, who discussed the...

A Judge Tests China’s Courts, Making History – Jim Yardley

From The New York Times: Judge Li Huijuan happened to be in the courthouse file room when clerks, acting on urgent orders, began searching for a ruling on a mundane case about seed prices. “I handled that case,” Judge Li told the clerks, surprised that anyone would be interested. Li Huijuan, then an idealistic student, […]

Is the rule of law coming to China? – Trudy Rubin

From the Miami Herald: One of the most exciting developments in China is the rising awareness at the grass-roots level that ordinary people have legal rights. Chinese law has long been used as a tool to help the Communist Party control the people; call it rule by law, not rule of law. But the country’s […]

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