Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 191–208 | Cite as

The Law of Assembly in China

  • Kam C. WongEmail author


This paper is a comparative study of the law of assembly between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) vs. the Republic of China (ROC). The comparison is achieved by looking at how these two Chinese societies structure police powers during assembly, procession, and demonstration; textually and contextually. Particularly, it investigates into how the forces of history, constitution and politics converge to define and shape the law of assembly. This comparative project is conducted with a view to understand the relative development in police powers in the two Chinese societies, once linked by history and culture and now divided by geography and ideology. In a still larger context, this research rides the tide of comparative policing in exposing and explicating how police in two closed societies, ROC (Confucianism) and PRC (Socialism), come to terms with social protests and political challenges; more broadly how to balance the forces of reform and control with the use of law.


Law of assembly Demonstration Freedom of speech China Taiwan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeXavier UniversityCincinnatiUSA

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