Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law Reform in China:

Legalizing the Tools of Repression or Safeguarding Human Rights?


| Penn Law School, Silverman 240A

Criminal law and procedure reform is a highly sensitive issue since it implicates judicial justice and protection of human rights. China revised its Criminal Procedure Law in 2012 and it was viewed a significant step forward. However, the precise consequences remain to be seen. This year’s symposium will bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates to discuss implications of the new Criminal Procedure Law and other related issues in a comparative perspective and shed light on the future of China’s criminal procedure reform.


1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Registration

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Welcome

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Preliminary Session and Introductory Talk
Stephen Thaman, Professor of Law, St. Louis University Law School

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. The New Criminal Procedure Law Panel
Moderated by Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science
Ira Belkin, Executive Director, US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law
Margaret Lewis, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
Stephen Thaman, Professor of Law, St. Louis University Law School

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Rule of the Law and Legal Reform Panel
Moderated by Paul Robinson, Colin S. Diver Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Xiangshun Ding, Professor Comparative Jurisprudence, Renmin University of Law School in China
Ling Li, Senior Research Fellow, New York University School of Law
Sida Liu, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison

5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Reception

To RSVP, please visit http://https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_79XDM32YsAtJCDP
For more information, please contact Jiaxing (Jason) Xu, Symposium Editor, jiaxingxu@law.upenn.edu