Jerome Cohen, probably our most senior observer of the Chinese legal scene. He is guardedly optimistic, citing ..."the recent effort of high-level law reformers within the party as well as the judiciary to transform relevant party and government ideology, policy and disciplinary systems in ways that will reduce the huge existing gap between repressive practice and enlightened legislation in the administration of criminal justice. This effort is centered in the new leadership of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) headed by Zhou, who, unlike his predecessors, combines high-ranking status within the party with impressive legal skills and a zest for reform. "
WPR Article | Struggling for Justice: China's Courts and the Challenge of Reform:
by Professor Jerome Cohen // NYU Law School
"China's new leaders are striving to consolidate their country's return to prominence on the world stage. They confront Promethean challenges: restructuring a dynamic economy; responding to the demands of an increasingly prosperous and sophisticated society; controlling horrendous environmental pollution; liberating the cultural, civic, academic and intellectual potential of their talented people; reducing the endemic corruption that is undermining their success; adapting the Communist political system to promote these prodigious changes while balancing the needs of public order and human rights; and improving cooperation with other countries by enhancing foreign respect for China's accomplishments. Courts, or some effective functional substitute, are essential for the attainment of all these goals. Yet China's judicial system is in the midst of a crucial struggle to determine its nature, role and power. .."
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