April 28, 2006
Yahoo! cited yet again in judgment against Internet dissident
The text of the 2003 judgment of the Beijing First Intermediate People's Court against Wang Xiaoning has recently come to light. To quote from the Human Rights in China press release:
Among the evidence against Wang cited in the judgment is information provided by Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. stating that Wang’s “aaabbbccc“ Yahoo! Group was set up using the mainland China-based email address email@example.com. Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. also confirmed that the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, through which Wang sent messages to the Group, was a mainland China-based account. The judgment does not indicate whether Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. or Yahoo! China (which is now operated by mainland-based Alibaba.com) provided specific information regarding Wang’s identity.
For the text of the judgment (supplied by HRIC), click here.
April 25, 2006
The law and economics of the Beijing taxi industry
For those who are interested in such things, here's an interesting article on the economics of the Beijing taxi industry and some of the laws (primarily, the law requiring the taxi business to be undertaken by companies, not individuals, thus providing rents to those companies that get permission) behind it.
April 24, 2006
Web site for Chinese legal history studies in Japan
I was searching for on-line images of the xiezhi (獬豸), the mythical Chinese beast that identified the guilty in criminal proceedings by butting them, when I ran across this interesting web site maintained by Terada Hiroaki (寺田浩明) of Kyoto University Law School for the dissemination of information relating to Chinese legal history studies in Japan. Among other things, it includes a link to an electronic on-line edition of the Du Li Cun Yi (读例存疑), Xue Yunsheng's famous annotation of the Qing Code and substatutes.
Speaking of the xiezhi, it's interesting to note that this is pretty much the extent of the use of magic in the history of Chinese criminal procedure - and it's solely mythical. So far as is known, Chinese criminal procedure has never had any use for magical procedures such as the dunking of witches or other forms of trial by ordeal.