Piercing the Veil of the Adjudication Committee in the Chinese Court

Project: Research

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How judges and courts make decisions is undoubtedly central to legal studies. Until recently, the existing studies on the adjudication committee, the most important decision-making body in Chinese courts, have been handicapped by the unavailability of systematic data. Collecting data from the minutes of the committee’s meetings and interviews with relevant judges, this Project will expand our prior case study of the adjudication committee to six courts with representative profiles of different levels of caseload, court hierarchy, economic and institutional development, political ideology, and judicial professionalism and transparency. It will document the committee’s operational patterns and reveal their underlying reasons. The outcome of this project will contribute to scholarship on the relationship between courts, judges, and authoritarian regimes, including judicial accountability, power, and politics in China and beyond. It will shed light on legal consistency, trial transparency, due process, judicial corruption, and judicial independence in Chinese courts. It will also generate policy recommendations for legal reforms and provide evidence for broader theoretical debates.


Project number9041819
Grant typeGRF
Effective start/end date1/01/1330/06/17