The Debate on the Abolition of Capital Punishment as Applied to Economic Crimes in China

Parution du numéro spécial de Chinese Sociology and Anthropology édité par Zhang Ning, The Debate on the Abolition of Capital Punishment as Applied to Economic Crimes in China»  summer 2009, 90 p.

Since 2000, the discussion about capital punishment is no longer taboo in China. At first it was limited to academic circles, but it has gradually spread to political and legislative milieus. It has become an increasingly important topic of public debate thanks to the Internet and is progressively becoming the subject of an international dialogue.

The first institutional consequence of this debate occurred on January 1, 2007 when the Supreme Court officially recovered power of revision of cases of death penalty cases. This took place two years after a report was made on this subject by the President of the Supreme Court to the People’s national Assembly.

A second step calls for abolishing the application of this punishment for economic crimes. There is presently a consensus on the proposal among the new generation of jurists, which provokes vigorous objections from the general population, particularly about the abolition of the death penalty for cases of corruption. During recent years, there have been heated discussions on this question both in the press and on the Internet. Certain jurists have also been become the target of verbal attacks from netizens who accuse them of actually being accomplices of corrupt officials. Moreover, public opinion also must be taken into account in the legislative application of this project.


The Debate on the Abolition of Capital Punishment as Applied to Economic Crimes in China
Guest Editor’s Introduction
ZHANG Ning 3

  • On Limiting and Abolishing the Death Penalty for Economic Crimes
    ZHAO Bingzhi & WAN Yunfeng 14
  • On the Death Penalty
    From the Chief Editor of Criminal Laws Review
    CHEN Xingliang 41
  • Multiple Paradoxes on “Abolishing the Death Penalty for Corrupt Officials”
    ZHANG Guifeng 45
  • A Study on the Death Penalty as Applied to Those Engaged in the Transportation of Drugs
    Observations on a Letter from a Prisoner Condemned to Death
    CHEN Xingliang 48
  • On the Application of the Death Penalty and Public Opinion
    LU Jiangping 66The influence of Public Opinion on the Application of the Death Penalty
    ZUO Jianwei 80

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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