Autonomy, courts, and the politico-legal order in contemporary China

Authored by: Hualing Fu

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Criminology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415500401
eBook ISBN: 9780203766774
Adobe ISBN: 9781135021467


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Building judicial autonomy in China’s authoritarian state is an ironic exercise. On the one hand, the Chinese Communist Party (hereafter the CCP) wields the supreme and overriding power and does not allow an autonomous judiciary. On the other, the CCP has made efforts to develop a limited rule of law and to build a professional court system, which may ultimately regulate and limit the exercise of the CCP’s unfettered power.

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