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Article: Which kind of party? The role of crime victims in Chinese criminal procedure

TitleWhich kind of party? The role of crime victims in Chinese criminal procedure
Authors
Issue Date2008
PublisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/
Citation
Hong Kong Law Journal, 2008, v. 38 n. 2, p. 493-522 How to Cite?
AbstractCriminal procedure in China was an inquisitorial one before the 1996 amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law. The amendment introduced a series of 'adversarial' elements and constructed criminal trial as a contest between the prosecutor and the defendant. There is a widely shared presumption that victims may play a more active role in an inquisitorial system than in an adversarial system. However, China's case presents a counterexample. The new 'adversarial' system in China recognises the victim as a 'party', enjoying equal procedural rights with the defendant. This article examines the procedural rights guaranteed to victims by the amended criminal procedure law, identifies the major changes in the role of victims, and evaluates the effectiveness of these doctrinal changes. The central argument is that, with a largely policy-implementation orientation, the Chinese system is unlikely to endorse victims' rights to the extent of sanctifying victims' autonomy. The system is more likely to accept a 'punitive victims' rights' model, which would subsume victims' interests in the larger policy objective of crime control. The development of welfare rights and informal arrangement of restorative justice may be more beneficial for victims than the codification of formal participatory rights in China's current political and legal context.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/58916
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.215
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dc.contributor.authorZheng, Gen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:39:30Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T03:39:30Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Law Journal, 2008, v. 38 n. 2, p. 493-522en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0378-0600en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/58916-
dc.description.abstractCriminal procedure in China was an inquisitorial one before the 1996 amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law. The amendment introduced a series of 'adversarial' elements and constructed criminal trial as a contest between the prosecutor and the defendant. There is a widely shared presumption that victims may play a more active role in an inquisitorial system than in an adversarial system. However, China's case presents a counterexample. The new 'adversarial' system in China recognises the victim as a 'party', enjoying equal procedural rights with the defendant. This article examines the procedural rights guaranteed to victims by the amended criminal procedure law, identifies the major changes in the role of victims, and evaluates the effectiveness of these doctrinal changes. The central argument is that, with a largely policy-implementation orientation, the Chinese system is unlikely to endorse victims' rights to the extent of sanctifying victims' autonomy. The system is more likely to accept a 'punitive victims' rights' model, which would subsume victims' interests in the larger policy objective of crime control. The development of welfare rights and informal arrangement of restorative justice may be more beneficial for victims than the codification of formal participatory rights in China's current political and legal context.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Law Journalen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleWhich kind of party? The role of crime victims in Chinese criminal procedureen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailZheng, G: gezheng@hotmail.comen_HK
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dc.identifier.hkuros146231en_HK
dc.identifier.volume38-
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