Since the early 2000s, the Chinese discourse on law and justice has become associated with accounts of miscarriages of justice. Disclosure of such cases has generated public outcry and intense public debate. These have become particularly prominent under the leadership of Xi Jinping. While Xi has brought errors of justice under the spotlight, the ways in which such cases have been revealed, discussed, and officially handled through the decades are testimony to changes in criminal justice policies and specific governance agendas.
This seminar explores changes in the administration of China’s criminal justice over the last thirty years. It traces the ways in which cases of miscarriages of justice have been handled through the Jiang, Hu, and Xi eras. It highlights how the public disclosure of errors in the justice system has resulted in legal reforms and, at the same time, has benefitted China’s ruling party’s governance agendas and legitimacy.
Elisa Nesossi is an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World (ANU). Her research interests include: contemporary Chinese law and politics, Chinese criminal justice, human rights and civil society in China, comparative human rights law, and comparative criminal justice.
All attendees are invited to join us in the CIW Tea House from 3.30pm for an informal discussion with the guest speaker before the seminar.
The ANU China Seminar Series is supported by the China Institute and the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University’s College of Asia & the Pacific.