Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Xiao Yang calls for courts to resist media pressure for heavy sentences

Here's an interesting report from 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).

June 21, 2007 in News - Chinese Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Yale Law School's China Law Center snags $10M Hewlett Foundation grant

The title of this post says it all; congratulations to China Law Center director Paul Gewirtz. For more information, see the press release.

June 21, 2007 in News - Miscellaneous, People and Institutions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

PBS documentary (and other documentaries) on China's legal system

Circuitcourt_2 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".)

* June 21st addendum: A reader has e-mailed me about another documentary, Shanghai Vice (7 parts), produced either in 1993 or 1999 (the sources are in conflict). More info here and here.

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June 20, 2007 in News - Chinese Law, Publications | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 18, 2007

CLD Consultants (Beijing) seeks program officer for Chinese law projects

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.

June 18, 2007 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)