Developments in criminal justice and human rights: Four years into the Xi Jinping era

Date & time

3–6pm Monday 13 February 2017


Seminar Room

China in the World, 188 Fellows Lane, The Australian National University


Dr Joshua Rosenzweig, Amnesty International
Professor Terence Halliday, Northwestern University; Regnet, ANU
Professor Sarah Biddulph, University of Melbourne
Professor Susan Trevaskes, Griffith University


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Nancy Chiu

Presented by Australian Centre on China in the World and ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Panel discussion
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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’s 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.

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