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Legal Reforms and Deprivation of Liberty in Contemporary China

Edited by: Elisa Nesossi, Flora Sapio, Sarah Biddulph, Susan Trevaskes

ISBN13: 9781472479396
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This volume investigates detention powers in today's China and offers an in-depth analysis of the debates surrounding attempts at reform.

Focusing not only on law and regulation but also on key events that have precipitated calls for change, the studies in this book assess the complexities inherent into the process of reform of institutions of detention in an authoritarian state.

The collection examines legal and institutional reforms to institutions of detention and imprisonment since the 1990s and is divided into three parts. It begins with the specific issues of criminal and administrative forms of deprivation of liberty and the relationship between reforms and criminal justice policy agendas. It then moves onto the academic and theoretical debates on the subject of imprisonment and detention.

The study concludes by assessing the meaning of institutional reforms in the context of the changing state-society relationship in contemporary China. This book will be of interest to scholars of Chinese law, politics and society, criminologists, human rights and comparative law.

Other Jurisdictions , China
Deprivation of liberty under scrutiny, Elisa Nesossi, Sarah Biddulph, Flora Sapio and Susan Trevaskes.

Part I Administrative Detention: What to make of the abolition of re-education through labour?, Sarah Biddulph
China's socialization of administrative offenders in the community: an unrealistic agenda?, Enshen Li
Deprivation of liberty against one's will in mental health institutions in contemporary China, Zhiyuan Guo.

Part II Criminal Justice Reforms and Deprivation of Liberty: Residential surveillance: evolution of a Janus-faced measure, Joshua Rosenzweig
China's pre-trial detention centres: challenges and opportunities for reform, Cheng Lei and Elisa Nesossi
Addressing the 'hide and seek' scandal: restoring the legitimacy of kanshousuo, Nicola Macbean.

Part III An Assessment of the Field: Framing imprisonment studies in China: ideology, law and politics, Elisa Nesossi and Susan Trevaskes
Western analyses of deprivation of liberty in China, Flora Sapio
Opportunities and challenges for legislative and institutional reform of detention in China, Elisa Nesossi, Sarah Biddulph, Flora Sapio and Susan Trevaskes.