May 7, 2008
Fellowship opportunity: Pennoyer Fellow on China, Human Rights First
Remember, you don't have to human-rights oriented to post a position here. As long as it's related to Chinese law, I'll be happy to post job opportunities regardless of ideological affiliation or commercial orientation. Well, almost regardless; I suppose if the KKK were looking for a Chinese law specialist I might not be willing to help out.
May 5, 2008
The emergence of real trade unionism in Wal-Mart stores
The trade unions in Chinese Wal-Mart stores are often dismissed as hollow shells set up by the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) without workers’ involvement. But through monitoring Chinese media and online blog discussions among Chinese Wal-Mart employees, CLNT has found workers who take an active interest in their store union, and at least in one case, of an elected rank and file trade union chair using the trade union platform to actively defend workers’ interests. While most – if not all – of the trade union branches are heavily dominated by Wal-Mart management or local governments, some workers have seized this union-building exercise and try to turn the unions into a body that they identify as their own to protect and to use in their struggle against Wal-Mart management.
May 4, 2008
Enforcement problems with State Compensation Law awards
Here's an interesting article about problems faced by victorious plaintiffs in collecting awards under the State Compensation Law. The courts have no compulsory enforcement powers against state organs, and so if the state organ in question simply refuses to pay, there's not much anyone can do about it.