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The Long Institute Lecture Series

China’s Grassroots Courts:

A Sociological Perspective

Thursday, December 3, 2015
3:00–4:30 p.m.

UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
SB1 Room 5200

Presented by Kwai Ng
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

This talk presents an overview of the Chinese courts today from the perspective of a sociologist. Specifically, it explores how the Chinese courts are institutionally empowered by but also subjugated to the influences of different forces—political, economic, and social. The talk also outlines a growing gap between the courts in big cities and their rural counterparts. It ends by exploring the various challenges facing the Chinese courts ahead, in particular, the challenge of retaining young judges working in urban cities. Read more »

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The Long Institute Lecture Series on
Chinese Law,
Business and Society

The Long Institute Lecture Series on Chinese Law, Business and Society is organized by the UCI Long US-China Institute. 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.

2015-16 Lecture Schedule

November 5 Jonas Nahm Renewable Futures and Industrial Legacies: Wind and Solar Energy in China, Germany, and the United States
December 3 Kwai Ng China’s Grassroots Courts: A Sociological Perspective
Jan. 21, 2016 Timothy Cheek

China’s Directed Public Sphere: Origins and Rejuvenation

Feb. 1, 2016 James Fallows Annual Long Institute Distinguished Lecture
Feb. 11, 2016 Guo Zhiyuan Implementation of Exclusionary Rule in China: Challenges and Possible Solutions
Feb. 25, 2016 Xuegang Zhou Spatial Mobility in the Chinese bureaucracy: Evidence and Implications for China’s Governance
March 9, 2016 Susan Shirk Personalism and Institutionalization in PRC Politics
April 14, 2016 Minxin Pei Collusive Corruption