Stanley Lubman

Reform needed in how Chinese judges think

Stanley Lubman writes for The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 7, 2016

Wrongful convictions are well-known examples of some of the egregious problems in the criminal justice system. Professor He Jiahong, of Renmin University in Beijing, documents a number of wrongful convictions, such as the case of one man executed for the murder of a woman who was discovered to be alive six years later.

China’s highest court eyes judicial reform, while a lawyer criticizes TV confessions

Stanley Lubman writes for The Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2016

Mr. Zhu has criticized the common practice of using televised confessions, which are used “to humiliate human rights advocates, lawyers” and others as part of the current crackdown launched by President Xi Jinping. Dozens of televised confessions have recently been broadcast before court proceedings by persons detained for stirring up trouble, corruption and endangering state secrets.

‘Harmonious demolition’ and Chinese legal reform

Stanley Lubman writes for The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 7, 2015

One prominent example is the oxymoron of “harmonious demolition,” which refers to removal by local governments of houses targeted for sale to developers. When local governments decide to expropriate land occupied by residents, they must obtain their agreement, but the result is often far from harmonious.