China Instituting International Standards in Its Judiciary

By Kristen McCannon

In an attempt to appease critics of its notoriously corrupt judiciary, China is introducing new reforms to its court system. The reforms are part of a broader effort to modernize certain aspects of Chinese civil society while still keeping it under tight control. As noted by the New York Times, the ruling communist party has “no interest in creating a judiciary that could rule against the party’s policies and interests.” However, Chinese President Xi Jinping apparently hopes he can keep protestors out of the streets by at least trying to treat them more fairly in the courtroom.