Zhou Zunyou

Dr Zunyou Zhou was born in Anhui Province, China. He obtained his doctoral degree in law from the University of Freiburg (Germany). He published his English-language book “Counter-Terrorism Legislation: Balancing Security and Liberty in Germany and China” in 2014. He is now a senior researcher and head of the China section at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. His main research interests include criminal justice and counter-terrorism, with a focus on China.
Zhou Zunyou
Dr Zunyou Zhou was born in Anhui Province, China. He obtained his doctoral degree in law from the University of Freiburg (Germany). He published his English-language book “Counter-Terrorism Legislation: Balancing Security and Liberty in Germany and China” in 2014. He is now a senior researcher and head of the China section at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. His main research interests include criminal justice and counter-terrorism, with a focus on China.

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Is Turkey paying a bloody price for double standards on terror?
Bishkek bomb cloud casts a shadow over China’s interests abroad
After Nice, we all must learn to live with a certain amount of terrorism

Zhou Zunyou says the recent mass murder in Nice shows that even a state on high alert, as France was, cannot protect its citizens all the time from every kind of attack

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Zhou Zunyou says the recent mass murder in Nice shows that even a state on high alert, as France was, cannot protect its citizens all the time from every kind of attack

After Nice, we all must learn to live with a certain amount of terrorism
After Orlando, the US must accept that strict gun laws curb mass violence, as China’s example shows
Brussels bombings expose Europe’s stark choice between security and freedoms
In cyberspace, China’s aim is to control and censor, no matter what it says
Paris terrorist attacks underline the need to root out the causes that radicalise youth
China needs its human rights lawyers to fortify its rule of law
Reflection on Yangtze ferry disaster: is it ever right for a captain to abandon ship?
Was Chinese police officer justified in shooting man dead during scuffle?
In defining terrorism, China should heed global practices
China's chance to end injustice of the death penalty
In its zeal to eradicate the terrorist threat, China must still protect civil liberties
Shanxi police force must be cleaned up if China is to honour pledge of accountability
Chinese constitution's pride of place will mean little without independent judiciary

On December 4, local prosecutors interrogated and threatened to punish Meng Xianjun, a retired prosecutor from Huaibei city in Anhui province, for talking to the media about a wrongful conviction.

15 Dec 2014 - 6:43AM

On December 4, local prosecutors interrogated and threatened to punish Meng Xianjun, a retired prosecutor from Huaibei city in Anhui province, for talking to the media about a wrongful conviction.

Chinese constitution's pride of place will mean little without independent judiciary
Justice will not served until all Zoomlion culprits are held liable

Last Friday, a Hunan court sentenced Chen Yongzhou, a former journalist with a Guangzhou-based newspaper, New Express, to 22 months in prison for defamation and bribery.

21 Oct 2014 - 2:29AM

Last Friday, a Hunan court sentenced Chen Yongzhou, a former journalist with a Guangzhou-based newspaper, New Express, to 22 months in prison for defamation and bribery.

Justice will not served until all Zoomlion culprits are held liable
Common threat of cyberespionage drives need for global code of conduct

Last week, the US filed criminal charges against five Chinese military officers for allegedly hacking into US companies to steal trade secrets. China reacted furiously, dismissing the charges as "groundless", suspending the work of a bilateral working group on cybersecurity, and threatening retaliation.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Last week, the US filed criminal charges against five Chinese military officers for allegedly hacking into US companies to steal trade secrets. China reacted furiously, dismissing the charges as "groundless", suspending the work of a bilateral working group on cybersecurity, and threatening retaliation.

Common threat of cyberespionage drives need for global code of conduct
China must rally its people to win the war against terrorism

China appears to be plagued by terrorism. Tuesday's knife assault at Guangzhou Railway Station was only the latest in a spate of violence that has left many Chinese shaken.

8 May 2014 - 4:28AM

China appears to be plagued by terrorism. Tuesday's knife assault at Guangzhou Railway Station was only the latest in a spate of violence that has left many Chinese shaken.

China must rally its people to win the war against terrorism
China must play its part in preventing nuclear terrorism

President Xi Jinping began his first trip to Europe as China's top leader by taking part in the Third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague last week. The aim of the third world summit, like its two predecessors, was to prevent nuclear terrorism around the globe.

31 Mar 2014 - 4:09AM

President Xi Jinping began his first trip to Europe as China's top leader by taking part in the Third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague last week. The aim of the third world summit, like its two predecessors, was to prevent nuclear terrorism around the globe.

China must play its part in preventing nuclear terrorism
As missing Malaysian flight shows, fake travel documents pose threat

Despite a full-scale multinational search-and-rescue operation, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, remains missing.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:25AM

Despite a full-scale multinational search-and-rescue operation, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, remains missing.

As missing Malaysian flight shows, fake travel documents pose threat
Henan officials must be held to account for their 'reprimand centres'

Recent reports revealed that several city and county governments in Henan province had established so-called "reprimand centres" to detain petitioners. Following a public outcry, Henan's provincial authorities promised to carry out a thorough investigation and close the illegal centres.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Recent reports revealed that several city and county governments in Henan province had established so-called "reprimand centres" to detain petitioners. Following a public outcry, Henan's provincial authorities promised to carry out a thorough investigation and close the illegal centres.

Henan officials must be held to account for their 'reprimand centres'
China's anti-vice crackdown must remain within the law

Guangdong authorities' heavy-handed action against the sex trade in Dongguan, dubbed China's "capital of sex", has raised concerns about the execution of the wider campaign against vice that is now under way.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Guangdong authorities' heavy-handed action against the sex trade in Dongguan, dubbed China's "capital of sex", has raised concerns about the execution of the wider campaign against vice that is now under way.

China's anti-vice crackdown must remain within the law
Fraud in academia is killing China's Nobel dream

Late last month, it was reported that the academic committee of Shanghai's Fudan University had finished its second investigation into the plagiarism accusations against Wang Zhengmin, a professor of otology there. Fudan stood by its previous findings that the claims of academic misconduct are untenable.

10 Feb 2014 - 2:19PM

Late last month, it was reported that the academic committee of Shanghai's Fudan University had finished its second investigation into the plagiarism accusations against Wang Zhengmin, a professor of otology there. Fudan stood by its previous findings that the claims of academic misconduct are untenable.

Fraud in academia is killing China's Nobel dream
China cannot rush reforms needed to democratise its legislative system
America's double standards on terrorism

At the end of 2013, terrorist violence befell both China and Russia. On December 30, nine assailants armed with knives and homemade explosives attacked a police station in Yarkand, a county administered by Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang . During the clash, eight attackers were shot dead; one was captured.

7 Jan 2014 - 3:44AM

At the end of 2013, terrorist violence befell both China and Russia. On December 30, nine assailants armed with knives and homemade explosives attacked a police station in Yarkand, a county administered by Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang . During the clash, eight attackers were shot dead; one was captured.

America's double standards on terrorism
North Korean purge a reminder of China's progress since Cultural Revolution

Kim Jong-un's uncle by marriage and the former No 2 man in North Korea, Jang Song-thaek, was executed this month for his "anti-party and counter-revolutionary crime" or, in other words, plotting to overthrow the supreme leader, Kim.

30 Dec 2013 - 4:49AM

Kim Jong-un's uncle by marriage and the former No 2 man in North Korea, Jang Song-thaek, was executed this month for his "anti-party and counter-revolutionary crime" or, in other words, plotting to overthrow the supreme leader, Kim.

North Korean purge a reminder of China's progress since Cultural Revolution
China must scrap brutal disciplinary measure in war on corruption

The Communist Party is considering reducing the use of its shuanggui interrogation system in favour of strengthening the role of prosecutors in its anti-corruption campaign.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

The Communist Party is considering reducing the use of its shuanggui interrogation system in favour of strengthening the role of prosecutors in its anti-corruption campaign.

China must scrap brutal disciplinary measure in war on corruption
Escalation of terrorist violence must push Beijing to address root causes

Last week, an SUV careered along a pavement in front of the portrait of Mao Zedong to the north of Tiananmen Square, ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames, killing three occupants in the car and two pedestrians, and injuring some 40 other people.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Last week, an SUV careered along a pavement in front of the portrait of Mao Zedong to the north of Tiananmen Square, ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames, killing three occupants in the car and two pedestrians, and injuring some 40 other people.

Escalation of terrorist violence must push Beijing to address root causes
Why justice must be seen to be done in 'child of privilege' rape case

Public discussion remains intense on the high-profile incident involving 17-year-old Li Guanfeng, who was detained with four others by police in Beijing last month for allegedly taking part in a gang rape. Li does not come from an ordinary family: his father is Li Shuangjiang, a senior military official famous for singing patriotic songs.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00AM

Public discussion remains intense on the high-profile incident involving 17-year-old Li Guanfeng, who was detained with four others by police in Beijing last month for allegedly taking part in a gang rape. Li does not come from an ordinary family: his father is Li Shuangjiang, a senior military official famous for singing patriotic songs.

Why justice must be seen to be done in 'child of privilege' rape case
Beijing must ensure people's right to privacy

The case of Li Guanfeng, the 17-year-old son of the prominent People's Liberation Army singing artist Li Shuangjiang, is hitting the headlines again. A defence lawyer publicised a sternly worded statement last month, appealing to the public to respect the rights of his client, who has been detained, with four others, on suspicion of gang rape.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00AM

The case of Li Guanfeng, the 17-year-old son of the prominent People's Liberation Army singing artist Li Shuangjiang, is hitting the headlines again. A defence lawyer publicised a sternly worded statement last month, appealing to the public to respect the rights of his client, who has been detained, with four others, on suspicion of gang rape.

Beijing must ensure people's right to privacy