China's Supreme Court
To Be Published October 30th 2013 by Routledge – 240 pages
This book explores the role and work of China’s supreme court – the Supreme People’s Court – focusing especially on the court’s role in the struggle concerning the establishment of the rule of law in China’s judicial system. It discusses the differing positions of those who favour “the rule of law” option, where there is organisational separation of legislature and judicial responsibility, and those who argue for the retention of China’s present system where judges and the courts are subordinate to the Party and who are concerned by any increase in the court’s independent interpretative activities.
1. The Supreme People’s Court in China’s Struggle for the Rule of Law 2. The Pragmatic Formatting of 'Justice and Efficiency' 3. The Supreme People’s Court and the Local Courts 4. The Supreme People’s Court and Recent Death Penalty Reforms 5. The Supreme People’s Court, Judicial Review and Transparency 6. The Supreme People’s Court: Between power and principle.
Ronald C. Keith is Professor in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University, Australia
Lin Zhiqiu is in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Shumei Hou is a Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Australia. She is also Associate Professor and Head of Administrative Law at Zhengzhou University of Politics and Law, a key institution for the training of judges, lawyers and procuratorate officials; a "public intellectual" who has championed the development of administrative law and procedure inside China; and a practicising lawyer with rare Supreme Court experience.