Ira Belkin

Ira Belkin & Sida Liu. Professional Ethics for the Criminal Defense Lawyer: A Transcript of a Discussion Comparing the Rules and Practice in China and the United States

Ira Belkin & Sida Liu.  Professional Ethics for the Criminal Defense Lawyer: A Transcript of a Discussion Comparing the Rules and Practice in China and the United States

In 2012, the revisions to the Chinese Criminal Procedure Law strengthened key procedural rights of defendants, including the right to conduct an independent investigation into the facts of a case and the right to request a special hearing to exclude “illegally collected” evidence. Yet with an expansion of rights comes a concomitant expansion of defense lawyers’ professional and ethical responsibility.

Ira Belkin. Justice in the PRC: How the Chinese Communist Party Has Struggled with Managing Public Opinion and the Administration of Criminal Justice in the Internet Age

Ira Belkin. Justice in the PRC: How the Chinese Communist Party Has Struggled with Managing Public Opinion and the Administration of Criminal Justice in the Internet Age

The influence of Chinese public opinion on individual criminal case decisions is a phenomenon that has received a great deal of attention in China and around the world. Some commentators have lauded the phenomenon as empowering the public to seek justice in Chinese courts. Others have expressed concern that following public opinion may achieve justice in an individual case but does little to improve the justice system.

Compilation: Women Leading Lawmaking in China

This compilation of papers brings together some of China’s leading voices on gender and the law. The Gender and Law Expert group was brought together by the Ford Foundation at Wellesley College in September 2009. These experts are defined by the significant individual and collective mark they have left on China’s gender and law landscape.

Ira Belkin. Maoist Attitude to Dissent is Blocking China’s Road to the Rule of Law. SCMP (South China Morning Post)

Now that China’s leadership transition is complete, the world is asking: Where will China’s new leaders take the country? Will Xi Jinping and his colleagues live up to the goal of establishing a society under the rule of law?

Ira Belkin Discussion. Legal and Political Implications of the Bo Xilai Trial. National Committee on U.S. -China Relations

The trial of Bo Xilai, former Party Secretary of Chongqing, has been called the most important political trial in China in decades. On Wednesday, August 28, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) convened a discussion with two American experts on Chinese legal development and politics, Ira Belkin and Cheng Li, respectively.

Ira Belkin. China’s Criminal Justice System: A Work in Progress. Washington Journal of Modern China

On January 7, 2000, I left the United States for Beijing to begin three months of exchange with Chinese prosecutors about their criminal justice system and ours. As luck would have it, on the very day I left for China, the New York Times carried a front page headline about the Chinese criminal justice system entitled “In China’s Legal Evolution, It’s the Lawyers Who are Handcuffed.” 

Ira Belkin. China’s Tortuous Path Towards Ending Torture in Criminal Investigations. Columbia Journal of Asian Law

On May 21, 2010, Chief Judge Zhang Liyong of the Henan Provincial High Court left his office in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou and traveled to a remote peasant village. There, in front of national television cameras, he bowed deeply three times and personally offered his apologies to Zhao Zuohai, a poor farmer, for his unjust murder conviction. Thus, a “month of reflection” in all of the “judicial organs”-the courts, the prosecutors’ offices an the police of Henan province-came to a close.