Criminal Defense in China

Criminal Defense in China was a National Science Foundation–funded research project that studied the development of criminal procedure law and practice in China between 2005 and 2015. The research had four main components:

  • What are the policy debates over China’s Criminal Procedure Law?
  • How do lawyers implement criminal procedure law in their everyday practices?
  • What sorts of international influences shape Chinese criminal procedure law and practice?
  • Whether the historical fight by lawyers for basic legal freedoms in other countries is present in contemporary China?

The principal findings of the research were published in Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which was favorably reviewed in the August 2017 New York Review of Books.