Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor

Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor

by Jerome A. Cohen

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Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor by Jerome A. Cohen, Margaret K. Lewis

Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor draws attention to an underappreciated aspect of legal reforms in Taiwan, and asks how Taiwan's experience might be relevant to its giant neighbor across the Taiwan Strait. This timely book by Jerome A. Cohen, whose groundbreaking work in the 1960s laid a foundation for the expanding field of Chinese law, and Margaret K. Lewis, professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and an expert on Taiwanese and Chinese law, will be valuable to lawyers, judges, and criminal justice professionals, as well as to anyone interested in the development of criminal justice systems.

The Chinese leadership has for years claimed that it would soon abolish the infamous labor camps for its police-dominated system of "re-education through labor" (RETL) but so far has not taken steps to do so. Although the country's new leadership has signaled that they may finally reform, or perhaps even eliminate, RETL, it is still a reality in Mainland China. Taiwan, however, abolished its own similar system of labor camps for liumang — very loosely translated as "hooligans" — in 2009, standing as a challenge to Mainland China to outlaw, at last, its analogous system. Taiwan’s success in curbing arbitrary police power challenges its neighbor across the strait to follow through on years of false starts on reining in the most egregious exercises of unfettered police power.

For source material, the book looks to Taiwan's conventional laws, rules, and regulations; judicial decisions and other government publications; scholarly writings; newspaper and magazine articles; the authors' conversations with judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police, and scholars; and visits to government agencies, police stations, and even the institutions for punishing liumang. The book's crisp, clear presentation makes it accessible to the general reader as well as to China specialists.

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BN ID: 2940148439936
Publisher: US-Asia Law Institute Books, Berkshire Publishing
Publication date: 09/23/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Jerome A. Cohen is a leading American expert on Chinese law and government. He has been a professor at NYU School of Law since 1990 and is co-director of its US-Asia Law Institute. A pioneer in the field, Professor Cohen began studying China’s legal system in the early 1960s, and from 1964 to 1979 introduced the teaching of Asian law into the curriculum of Harvard Law School, where he served as Jeremiah Smith Professor, associate dean, and director of East Asian legal studies. In addition to his responsibilities at NYU, Cohen served for several years as CV Starr senior fellow and director of Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is currently a senior fellow. He retired from the partnership of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison at the end of 2000 after twenty years of law practice focused on China.

Margaret K. Lewis, an expert on Taiwan’s and China’s legal systems, joined Seton Hall University Law School as an associate professor in 2009. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program fellow with the National Committee on US-China Relations, and an affiliated scholar of the NYU School of Law’s US-Asia Law Institute. Her recent publications have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and the Virginia Journal of International Law. Before joining Seton Hall, Professor Lewis served as a senior research fellow at NYU School of Law’s US-Asia Law Institute, where she worked on criminal justice reforms in China.

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