This project studies the problems of law implementation in China. The problem of law implementation in China is many faceted and in part related to the political structure since political considerations often take precedence over procedural justice and an impartial application of laws and regulations. Another acknowledged and related problem is the widespread and endemic corruption within the judiciary, and the widespread lack of knowledge of laws and legal procedures within the administration of justice and among other actors. Other reasons for poor law implementation are related to the problem of weak institutions and departmental and local protectionism.
The researchers in the project aim to identify and analyze how different state and non-state actors affect the process and outcome of law implementation in various policy areas. Some of the members in the project focus on selected institutions, such as the judiciary and the people's congresses, while others focus on certain policy areas. Five different policy areas have been chosen for study: fair trial, labour rights, social security, cultural heritage, and information and communication technologies or ICTs. Through studying a number of key institutional actors in various policy areas, the project will be able to make comparisons across policy areas and between different institutions.
The project has received funding from the Swedish Research Council and
SIDA and runs 2004-2006. It is based at the Centre of East and
South-East Asian Studies , Lund University, and also includes scholars
from Gothenburg University and Uppsala University. Contact person at the
Centre is Marina Svensson.