Thursday, June 21, 2007
Here's an interesting report from Chinalawinfo.com. Supreme People's Court president Xiao Yang recently gave a speech in which he stated that while nobody should be given lighter sentences than warranted because of special privileges, neither should courts impose heavier sentences than warranted because of media pressure, and it was incorrect to think that "the heavier the better" (跃重越好). Here's an opinion piece on this issue from the China Law Net (中国法制网).
For an excellent study of the relationship between courts and the media, see Benjamin Liebman's Watchdog or Demagogue? The Media in the Chinese Legal System, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (2005).
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
On July 3rd, PBS will be airing a documentary on the Chinese legal system entitled "The People's Court: China's Legal Revolution" as part of its Wide Angle series. I haven't seen it, but it sounds very interesting. I'm reproducing the press release below; for more information, check out the Wide Angle web site.
Incidentally, I can think offhand of only two other documentaries that have material relevant to the Chinese legal system: China: Beyond the Clouds and China From the Inside. If readers know of more, please tell me about them in the comments. (Note that, as always, as an anti-spam measure your comment won't appear until I've viewed it and clicked "publish".)
Monday, June 18, 2007
CLD Consultants (Beijing) is a firm founded by Phyllis Chang, an American lawyer with whom I have worked together on a number of projects. They are looking for a program officer; please see this announcement for full details. I highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who is interested and qualified. Here is a brief summary, taken from the announcement:
- 中律原咨询(北京)有限公司, (English name: CLD Consultants (Beijing)), is a small Chinese firm that was founded specifically to support social development projects and international cooperation programs in China.
- The Company is seeking applications from Chinese nationals for one of its Program Officer (项目官员) positions. This position is based in Beijing. The Program Officer, working with the Company’s senior staff and other Program Officers, will be responsible for developing and managing projects, primarily in the areas of legal system development, access to justice and governance.
- Among the qualifications are:
- Fluency in spoken and written Chinese
- Master’s degree or higher from a Chinese university in law, political science, international relations, public administration or a similar field
- Have worked abroad (in law firm, NGO, international organization, university/research institute or foreign company) and/or have studied abroad
- Excellent spoken English and very good written English (able to write correspondence in clear, accurate English)
- Strong interest in working in the non-profit sector and in international cooperation programs
- This position is open to Beijing and non-Beijing residents (Beijing hukou is not necessary). Female and male applicants will be considered equally.