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October 2014 public lecture
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The Long Institute Lecture Series

Leniency in Chinese Criminal Law: Everyday Justice in Henan
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 2:00–3:30 p.m., UC Irvine School of Law, MPAA 408 (map)

Presented by Benjamin Liebman, the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at the Columbia School of Law.

One year of publicly available criminal judgments from one basic-level rural county court and one intermediate court in Henan Province were examined in order to better understand trends in routine criminal adjudication in China. Professor Liebman presents an account of ordinary criminal justice in China that is both familiar and striking: a system that treats serious crimes, in particular those affecting state interests, harshly while at the same time acting leniently in routine cases. Most significantly, examination of more than 500 court decisions shows the vital role that settlement plays in criminal cases in China today. Read more »
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The Long Institute Lecture Series on Chinese Law, Business and Society is organized by the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law. The series offers presentations of state-of-the-art research on how law, business and society interact in China or in relation to China. The series provides a platform for learning and discussing how legal institutions in the world’s largest legal system and second largest economy shape and are shaped by market and social forces. Read more »

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Lecture Program
DateSpeakerTopic
September 25
Xin He
Mismatched Discourses in the Petition Office of Chinese Courts
October 23 Benjamin Liebman Leniency in Chinese Criminal Law: Everyday Justice in Henan
November 13 Molly Roberts Fear or Friction? How Censorship Slows the Spread of Information in the Digital Age
February 23 Jerome Cohen China; Law, International Law and Human Rights
March 2015
TBA To be confirmed and topic to be announced.
April 2015 TBA To be confirmed and topic to be announced.