Praise for the book:


“China stands at a crossroads. Will the Chinese Communist Party continue to remain essentially outside the law, or will China embrace the rule of law in a way that gives its citizens both secure property rights and meaningful human rights? No scholar has formulated this dilemma with greater clarity No one who wishes to understand China today can afford to ignore this book.”—Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University


“Since the 1990s, Peking University professor He Weifang has emerged as one of China most influential public intellectuals, passionately advocating for legal reform and political liberalization. The excellent translations in this volume allow English readers to fully grasp his depth (and humor) on topics ranging from judicial independence to the death penalty.”—Carl Minzner, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School


“In this truly timely collection, the noted scholar He Weifang displays the erudition, wisdom, and courage that have made him an exemplar of what is best about the legal profession in China and beyond. Kudos to the Thornton China Center for this welldone volume, which will ensure the heroic Professor He they deserve in the western world.”—William P. Alford, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law and Director of East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

Book Details

Length: 230 pages

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN-13: 978-0-8157-2290-8


  • Weifang He (Author)



  • John L. Thornton (Foreword)



    John L. Thornton is chairman of the board of trustees at the Brookings Institution and professor and director of global leadership at Tsinghua University.

  • Remarks of Professors Ferguson, Minzner,and Alford

    Cheng Li

    Director of Research

    John L. Thornton China Center




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