This comprehensive study examines the development and changing characteristics of the judicial system and reform process over the past three decades in China. As the role of courts in society has increased so too has the amount of public complaints about the judiciary. At the same time, political control over the judiciary has retained its tight-grip. The shortcomings of the contemporary system, such as institutional deficiencies, shocking cases of injustice and cases of serious judicial corruption, are deemed quite appalling by an international audience. Using a combination of traditional modes of legal analysis, case studies, and empirical research, this study reflects upon the complex progress that China has made, and continues to make, towards the modernisation of its judicial system. Li offers a better understanding on how the judicial system has transformed and what challenges lay ahead for further enhancement. This book is unique in providing both the breadth of coverage and yet the substantive details of the most fundamental as well as controversial subjects concerning the operation of the courts in China.
’Li’s The Judicial System and Reform in Post-Mao China is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available at this moment, thoroughly researched, clearly analysed, and critically evaluated. It should be in the library of anyone and any organisation interested in Chinese politics, society and law.’ Jianfu Chen, La Trobe University, Australia ’This is a timely and important study. Dr Li's new book on the judicial system and its reform in contemporary China sketches a roadmap of law and social change on the extended line of the last 30 years of development. Readers are thus able to understand the real problems that lawyers have to face, and the obstacles that the people's courts must overcome if the dream of the rule of law in China is to be realized.’ Ji Weidong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China ’Professor Yuwen Li offers a comprehensive and critical study of the judicial system in post-Mao China in her book, which proves to be a precious tool in understanding the complexity of the contemporary Chinese judiciary. It further provides an insightful and critical discussion of the various challenges facing today’s Chinese judicial system.’ Liu Daqun, Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda