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Communist Party of China announces legal reforms giving judges more independence
October 23, 2014
The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced a blueprint for judicial reform in a communique issued Thursday at the conclusion of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. According to the communique, the CPC will institute legal reforms aimed at giving judges more independence....... [more]

UN rights body urges fair elections in Hong Kong
October 23, 2014
The UN Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including both the right to vote and the right to stand for election without unreasonable restrictions. Currently, the Chinese government plans to allow only Beijing loyalists to stand in 2017 elections....... [more]

The Crisis in Hong Kong: Can Comparative Law Help?
October 22, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam, of the Singapore Management University, proposes a solution to the underlying issues which caused the ongoing protests in Hong Kong ... Nearly three weeks after they began, Hong Kong's student-led protests show little signs of abating. Parts of the central busi....... [more]

China court sentences 12 to death for Xinjiang attacks
October 13, 2014
A Chinese court on Monday sentenced 12 people to death and gave 15 others suspended death sentences for their involvement in attacks on a police station and government offices in south Xinjiang in July. Nine others were sentenced to life imprisonment, and another 20 people received shorter sentences....... [more]

Judicial Backsliding in Russia
September 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests that this reputation is not completely justified. Th....... [more]

Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy protestors
September 28, 2014
The Hong Kong police department on Friday cleared the main government compound of pro-democracy supporters who occupied the area in protest. It is reported that supporters were subdued with pepper spray and 60 arrests were made. The pro-democracy protesters and supporters are a part of an movement t....... [more]

China reveals evidence used to convict minority activist
September 25, 2014
China's official Xinhua News Agency released a report on Wednesday detailing the evidence used to convict prominent ethnic minority scholar of separatism Ilham Tohti to life in prison. The report gives a lengthy summary of the case against Tohti, including the 210 pieces of evidence introduced by pr....... [more]

Former House majority leader subpoenaed in terrorism financing case
September 24, 2014
Former US House Majority leader Eric Cantor has been subpoenaed in a terrorism financing case against Bank of China, media reported Tuesday. Cantor was subpoenaed by the Israel Law Center based on his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussing why former senior Mossad official....... [more]

China authorities detain writer for articles critical of senior official
September 15, 2014
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, was detained by Chinese authorities Sunday morning for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, the 81-year-old writer was "crim....... [more]

China lawyers boycott trial of activist
September 12, 2014
The legal defense team representing prominent Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, decided to boycott the start of Guo's pending trial over procedural irregularities, which resulted in adjournment of the proceedings at the Guangzhou People's Court in Southern China. All four lawyers boycotte....... [more]

China executes 8 for separatist violence and related crimes
August 24, 2014
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China's state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval by the Supreme People's Court. Three of the exec....... [more]




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