October 23, 2009
A foreigner's life in a Beijing jailHere's the first-person report from the Danwei blog. According to the post, the writer spent seven months in a Beijing detention center. His jailmates included such people as Huang Guangyu, the CEO of Gome who is now under investigation for various suspected crimes. We are not told why the writer was there, but all this, plus his description of the jail regime, make it pretty clear that this is not an account of a regular criminal sentence of reform through labor. It may be that the writer was under investigation for something; it may be that he was sentenced to detention (拘役) instead of fixed-term imprisonment (有期徒刑). The maximum term for detention is six months, but I wouldn't be surprised if things went over the limit when you add on time for investigation, etc. Thus, this should not be read as an account of hard time. To be clear, the writer does not present it as such, and doesn't ask for sympathy. I just want to put this interesting account in context.
October 22, 2009
The trial of Chen Shui-bianThe US-Asia Law Institute at NYU Law School recently sponsored a very good discussion of this case; here's the link to the videos.
Chinese translation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices ActWho knows? This might be useful to someone, somewhere (perhaps in explaining why you can't give a gift, even though personally you'd really love to), so here it is, courtesy of the US Department of Commerce.
October 19, 2009
Tsinghua China Law Review: call for submissions
I have received the following announcement, which may be of interest to readers. (I confess I am puzzled by their claim to be "the first law journal in China".) (Oct. 20 update: I am informed that they meant to say, "the first student-run law journal in China".)
TSINGHUA CHINA LAW REVIEW, CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
The Tsinghua China Law Review is the first law journal in China and is
in association with Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing,
China. The TCLR is an English-language academic journal aimed at a
global audience, publishing articles on legal topics relating to
China. The TCLR Board of Editors is a collaborative effort between
foreign students in the Tsinghua LLM Program in Chinese Law and
Chinese students at the Tsinghua School of Law. The journal follows a
U.S. law journal format. It is published bi-annually and distributed
to subscribers in the U.S., China, and throughout the world.
Call for Submissions
The TCLR is currently seeking high-quality scholarly articles for its
upcoming issue. Articles should be original works of legal analysis
on topics relating to Chinese law or other legal issues that pertain
to China. Citations are required for all points of law, assertions of
fact, or references to other works. Citations should be in footnotes
and formatted in accordance with the Bluebook
Articles may be submitted by email, in Word format, to
TsinghuaCLR@gmail.com or in hard copy, along with a CD-ROM electronic
copy, to the Tsinghua School of Law. Kindly email the preceding
address for postal information. Submitted articles will be
considered on a rolling basis.
A Note on the Language of Publication
The main body of articles should be written in English. However,
Chinese-language legal terminology, citations, or references to laws
or other original sources may be provided in Chinese, and will be
translated by the TCLR editorial staff. In addition, for articles
that regularly reference Chinese-language laws or other materials, the
TCLR editorial staff will translate the materials to English so that
they may be included as appendices to the article for publication.
Courtney L. Gould