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  1. Trust eludes an improving legal system

    Posted Mar 27th 2004, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... of impropriety persist. Foreign companies and individuals involved in civil litigation in China often gained a fair hearing, said Renee Gu Renfang, a former High Court judge in Shanghai and now a lawyer ... reasonable.' Nonetheless, many lawyers still leave the courtroom believing their case has been determined by means other than the impartial analysis of evidence under the law. As in business, the power ...

  2. Saved from a knockout

    Posted Aug 16th 2007, 12:00am by Michael Fahey

    ... Shui-bian spent several months in jail during the early 1990s while the authoritarian state was winding down. When he approved a recent amnesty releasing thousands of criminals from Taiwanese jails ... National Communications Council. At the same time, Taiwan's powerful prosecutors have become dangerously politicised- it is widely believed that two-thirds are pro-KMT and one-third ...

  3. What's in the Law?

    Posted Sep 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the affairs of the legislature and the appropriate use of external evidence to illuminate the Basic Law's meaning. Should the case wind up in the Court of Final Appeal, it may come just in time ... The starting point for this case was prosaic. Some lawmakers were dismissive when they began receiving legal letters from developer New World China Land challenging their right to summon witnesses ...

  4. The black-collar class ruling the law

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Daily Online last year that the Western-style separation of powers was not suitable for China. 4m The number of people reportedly investigated over the 1989 protests that ended in the June ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com The revelation that the leadership of the Communist Party decided to restore the power of its Politics and Legal Affairs Commission 22 years ago, ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Gu's case reveals corruption of power

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... When the investigation into Heywood's death was first announced on April 10 by Xinhua, the official report said, "China is a socialist country run by the rule of law. The dignity and power of law shall not be trampled on." After reading the report of the court proceedings, people realised that the use of the word "trampled" was pretty accurate. Just think, ...

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    China's top judge Zhou Qiang urges increased role for defence lawyers

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 09:18pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com China’s top judge Zhou Qiang’s called for lawyers and scholars to work together to reform the legal system, bringing new hope for an end to confrontations ... with legal academics and lawyers last Friday. Tensions between judges and defence lawyers in China have escalated since last August when the central government introduced a new criminal procedure law ...

  7. Tamar plan fails to offer a responsible building strategy

    Posted Apr 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the year, is considered normal? Why is no mention made of environmental measures to reduce energy consumption, of solar shading and alternative power sources such as solar power or wind generation? ... to the South China Morning Post downplayed the pollution problem on the very day Christine Loh Kung-wai of Civic Exchange pointed out that we often have only five days a month of reasonable visibility ...

  8. Absolute power

    Posted Apr 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jerome A. Cohen Multitalented artist Ai Weiwei was one of the Chinese government's greatest assets in its quest for 'soft power'. His imaginative, diverse artworks and his ... as phenomenal economic development and military prowess. The Communist Party has resurrected the formerly reviled Confucius as an icon of its soft power but, for many, the bearded, sage-like Ai Weiwei, ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China doesn't need more show trials

    Posted Sep 28th 2012, 12:00am by Chang Ping

    ... herself as a dog of Mao Zedong. More than 30 years later, another political wife stood accused in a Chinese court of law, one believed to have been similarly corrupted by the power wielded by her ... testimony makes clear, one key fact stood out in the description of his downfall from powerful vice-mayor and top crime-buster to beleaguered asylum seeker and prisoner: after he reported to Bo ...

  10. Open information law will be overhauled, judge says

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... approach' to the use of the 'stability' get-out clause, and it must not be used as an 'excuse'. China Youth Daily reported that 'insufficient public transparency' about ... not actively release government information according to the demands of legal regulations?' Li said to China Youth Daily. He added that one option would be for individuals to go through the courts ...




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