Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Saturday, January 5, 2008

China to switch to lethal injections

Here's the AP report on the subject and a round-up of other news stories.

For a description of how lethal injection works and some of the problems associated with it (and alternative methods of execution), see this helpful page from the Death Penalty Information Center.

January 5, 2008 in News - Chinese Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Who owns Mao's millions?

An under-noticed aspect of Mao's personality cult is that it made him millions in royalties from sales of the Little Red Book and other works. His estate is now apparently worth over US$17 million, and the money keeps piling up because the leadership can't figure out who should get it. (A decision of this magnitude is not going to be made by a mere judge.) Jiang Qing apparently made a claim to it - unsuccessfully, of course - as apparently have two of Mao's children. Here's a recent BBC article on the issue. Thanks to China Digital Times for the tip.

January 3, 2008 in Commentary, News - Chinese Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Liang Jing on China's Labor Contract Law

Here's an interesting piece on China's new Labor Contract Law by political commentator Liang Jing (a nom de plume). Translation courtesy of David Kelly.

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January 2, 2008 in Commentary | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Political arrests up in 2006

That's the latest news (well, it's a month old, but I'm a bit behind) from the Dui Hua Foundation. See their report here. The official numbers alone are quite remarkable. The report states:

The just-published 2007 China Law Yearbook reveals that in 2006 state prosecutors approved the arrest of 604 individuals detained by public security and state security police in ESS [i.e., "endangering state security"] cases, up from 296 in 2005. This marks the highest number of ESS arrests in China since 2002.

Obviously, there are also cases that don't get reported, as well as what are effectively political cases brought under a non-political rubric (e.g., convicting Chen Guangcheng of obstructing traffic).

January 1, 2008 in News - Chinese Law | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, December 31, 2007

New report from China Labour Bulletin

China Labour Bulletin, a worker rights organization based in Hong Kong, has just published a report on the Chinese labor movement from 2005 to 2006. The introductory blurb is below. The full text of the report is here.

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December 31, 2007 in Publications | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)