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People’s Justice and Law’s Embattled Empire

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Abstract

This chapter provides nuanced observations of selected provisions of the Chinese Criminal Law and their practical interpretations. A two-prong approach is adopted to illustrate how the government is coping with the dilemma of maintaining legitimacy of the legal system on the one hand while adhering to the increasingly confused and challenged orthodox socialist legality on the other. The remainder of the chapter contains examples of the actual application of the recently installed Chinese Sentencing Guidelines and observations of the Basic People’s courts in operation.

Keywords

Chinese Communist Party Defense Attorney Socialist Market Economy Sentencing Guideline Supreme People 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Criminology and Criminal JusticeNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

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