Written by Eva Pils. ‘In China, we say that for a person meditating in a cave, a day passes as though it were a thousand years; it is like paradise. And where did I experience paradise? In there in the detention centre, being tortured. A day was like […]
Written by Anqi Shen. Who are women judges in China? What do they do? What are their roles and positions in the Chinese judicial profession? These questions help us to get to know female judicial officers in post-Mao China.
Community corrections in China – “let a thousand flowers bloom?” – Observations from recent research visits
Written by Susyan Jou. As a criminology Professor in Taiwan, I’ve had the opportunity to visit China in 2015 and 2017, looking at the Beijing and Hunan models of community corrections practice for offenders. The models vary from very traditional Maoist style to those emphasising professional social work. In […]
Written by Margaret Lewis. Last Saturday, the window closed for comments on the draft PRC Detention Center Law. The Ministry of Public Security touts the draft law’s ability to protect human rights (人权保障), and the release of the long-awaited draft at least indicates the government’s acknowledgement that existing […]
Written by Eva Pils. In the course of my research on Chinese human rights lawyers over the past several years, I got to hear a lot about the techniques the government allegedly uses to control them. I came to refer to them as ‘fear techniques.’ They included tracking […]
Written by Kenneth Winston. It is commonly observed that Chinese legal history was guided for centuries by the idea of rule by law, rather than rule of law, which explains why legal reform in China requires the infusion of Western practices if it wishes to create a modern […]