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What kind of judicial power does China need?

Xin Chunying

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 1, issue 1, pages 58-78
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI:
What kind of judicial power does China need?

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Since the late 1970s, China has undergone significant political, economic, social, and cultural change. One of the side effects has been an increase in the importance of law and judicial adjudication. The courts, however, proved ill prepared for a more central role, sparking both official and public discussion of judicial reform. Today, some of the groundwork of reform has been laid, but further reforms are necessary. This article assesses the achievements and shortcomings of the reform process, and maps the difficulties that future judicial reforms face. The author contends that a more coherent, systematic, and goal-oriented reform process must be developed in order to enable the judicial system to meet the country's changing social and economic needs.

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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