Academic Commons

Articles

Assessing China's Legal Reforms

Liebman, Benjamin L.

This essay will begin with a short summary of the dramatic changes in China's legal system during the reform era and will then discuss challenges that the legal system is confronting today. These include the need to balance populism with respect for legal institutions, excessive discretion, rising inequalities and unequal access to justice, lack of transparency, and the need to make courts more autonomous and independent. China is not alone in facing these challenges. Yet the ways that these problems are manifested in China differ significantly from those in other countries, reflecting both China's history and the institutional framework in which the Chinese legal system exists.

Geographic Areas

Files

  • thumnail for Assessing_China_s_Legal_Reforms.pdf Assessing_China_s_Legal_Reforms.pdf application/pdf 992 KB Download File

Also Published In

Title
Columbia Journal of Asian Law

More About This Work

Academic Units
Law
Published Here
November 23, 2015
Academic Commons provides global access to research and scholarship produced at Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.