Author Archives: Cong-rui Qiao

Cong-rui Qiao

About Cong-rui Qiao

QIAO (Cong-rui) is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, whose research topic is “Institutional and Conceptual Shift in Public Dispute Settlements in China”. QIAO is also a PhD fellow at Utrecht University's Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict. Her research interest lies in contextual inquiries into legal and cultural development, ranging from theory to field study to application. She has collaborated actively with researchers in multiple disciplines from Asia and Africa.

Emerging Role of Expert Opinions in Chinese Criminal Justice

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Photo by Wang Qiufei, Dongfang Law Firm, China

On 13 March 2017, I left the Netherlands for Beijing to begin a week of meeting Chinese practicing lawyers about their experiences working within the criminal justice system. My overall observation is that the popular discourse for enhancing China’s criminal procedural fairness is not only a concerted sentiment, but also a concrete effort among professionals in the field.

Below, I reflect upon key insights I obtained during a lively training session, and then offer two remarks on how scholars can play a role to improve the world’s largest criminal justice system through knowledge exchange and practical cooperation. Continue reading

Duality or Complementarity?The Political and Legal Orientations of the Chinese Petitioning Mandate

china_administrative_claimed_included-svgOn 14 September 2016, the Chinese State Bureau for Complaint Letters and Visits (“Bureau”) in Beijing saw 24 lawyers providing legal advice for the petitioners. This was the first experiment of the joint-program between the Ministry of Justice and the Bureau, which aims to resolve litigation-related petitions. With much attention given to the ongoing reforms, this blog offers a brief analysis on the major characteristics and challenges of the Chinese petitioning system. Continue reading