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Criminal Procedure Law in China

April 23, 2013 11:10am - April 23, 2013 12:30pm
Room 118

Lecture Title:         Difficulties in the Process of Establishing and Implementing Exclusionary Rule of Illegally Obtained Evidence in China

About the Lecture
Until recently, no exclusionary rule for illegally obtained evidence existed in Chinese Criminal Procedure Law. This predictably resulted in wrongful convictions in a number of well publicized cases. In 2010, the Chinese government created an exclusionary rule for illegally obtained evidence in order to improve its system of justice.  This new rule was formally established in 2012.

Indeed, this change signals real and important progress; yet there are many problems and challenges arising from the process of implementing this rule.  Prof. Gu’s lecture explains the evolution of Chinese Procedural Law in relation to the new rule for illegally obtained evidence; he will discuss its strengths and weaknesses; and finally, he will discuss ways in which this new rule could be improved.

About the Speaker

Professor Yongzhong Gu has dedicated his life’s work to China’s criminal justice system.  In the late 70’s, he worked as a policeman.  After studying law, he served as a criminal defense attorney.  His scholarship focuses on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, and Judicial System and Reform. Currently, Prof. Gu serves as Vice President and Secretary-General of the Chinese Research Association of Criminal Procedure Law, and as Vice Director of the Criminal Committee of the Chinese Lawyers Association.   He is also a professor at China University of Political Science and Law, and he acts as Deputy Dean of the Criminal Procedure Law Institute.  Professor Gu holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy; a master’s degree in Criminal Law; and a doctoral degree of Procedural Law.

This Lecture is sponsored by:
•    Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project
•    Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights


Please join us at this event. Chipotle will be served!