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Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China

Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China

Edited by Mike McConville and Eva Pils

Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China is an anthology of chapters on the contemporary criminal justice system in mainland China, bringing together the work of recognised scholars from China and around the world.

Chapter 20: Concluding observations

Stanley B. Lubman

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, law - academic, asian law, criminal law and justice, human rights


It is difficult to make concluding comments about a collection of chapters so rich in insights and provocative thoughts written by such an impressive array of experts. I have tried, however, to extract some themes that have emerged from this volume. First is the general topic of cross-cultural comparative studies. Professor Mike McConville, one of the co-editors, has made a pithy but precise statement about the kind of cross-cultural research that we should be doing: observers of a foreign legal system should not idealize their own legal system in conducting the research. This volume has been extremely successful in avoiding that fault. Professor Mike McConville’s chapter is an excellent illustration of comparative legal study at its best, without using the viewpoint of one legal system or another. In fact, what he did was to compare law in theory and law in practice in England and China, measuring each system by its own criteria, and leaving you, the reader, to judge the operation of those systems.

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