Four years into the Xi Jinping leadership, it is appropriate to begin assessing the effects of his ‘governing the nation according to the law’ 依法治国 platform. Socialist rule of law discourse is now pervasive and has shaped a variety of justice system reforms. The Party is confident that its strenghtening of control over criminal justice reform will help to build institutional credibility. Yet, this tight control over the narrative and practice of law threatens to undermine the justice system, especially when the party makes enemies of lawyers and rights advocates who seek to assert an alternative vision of rule of law. This panel discussion will look at the renewed relationship between law and politics in the Xi era. It will examine specific developments concerning criminal justice and human rights in relation to criminal defence, death penalty and the handling of minor crimes.
Dr Joshua Rosenzweig is a Business and Human Rights Strategy Advisor/Analyst at Amnesty International’s East Asia Regional Office in Hong Kong, where he has lived since 2008. An observer of all things Chinese for more than 25 years, he has more than a decade of experience researching, analyzing, and teaching about human rights developments and criminal justice in China. His current work focuses on the human rights impacts of Chinese business operations overseas and promoting responsible business conduct and corporate accountability.
Professor Terence Halliday is a specialist in globalization and law. He focuses on globalization of markets and politics, with particular attention to global norm-making by international organizations. Halliday co-directs the Center on Law and Globalization. He is Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University, and Honorary Professor, School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, Facuty of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. He studied at Massey University, New Zealand, and the University of Toronto, before completing a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Professor Sarah Biddulph is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2014-2018) and Professor of Law at the Melbourne Law School. Sarah’s research focuses on the Chinese legal system with a particular emphasis on legal policy, law making and enforcement as they affect the administration of justice in China. Her particular areas of research are contemporary Chinese administrative law, criminal procedure, labour, comparative law and the law regulating social and economic rights. Her recent publications include: The Stability Imperative: Human rights and law in China (2015) UBC Press and The Politics of Law and Stability in China, (2014) Edward Elgar: London.
Professor Sue Trevaskes researches and teaches at Griffith University. She is also an Adjunct Director of CIW at ANU. Her research concerns criminal law, punishment, the death penalty and policing issues in China. Her latest books are co-edited volumes titled The Politics of Law and Stability in China (2014) and Legal Reforms and Deprivation of Liberty in Contemporary China (2016).
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