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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Decision and appeal in the Zhou Yezhong plagiarism case

I previously posted a few times on the plagiarism suit brought by Wang Tiancheng (王天成) against Wuhan University law professor Zhou Yezhong (周叶中) (most recent post, with links to previous posts, here). Here, somewhat belatedly, are the latest developments in this case.

On July 18th, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court delivered its verdict: victory for Zhou Yezhong. Wang Tiancheng's suit was found to "lack a factual and legal basis" (缺乏事实和法律依据).  This judgment has been widely ridiculed within China; my sources tell me that the judges themselves were embarrassed by it but felt they had no choice, given the politics of the case.

Wang Tiancheng has appealed; the text of his appeal submission can be found here. He does not expect to win, but is appealing to avoid any suspicion that he accepts the original judgment.

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