• Smart Cities and Social Governance: Guide for Participatory Indicator Development
    May 11, 2017

    The Smart Cities and Social Governance: Guide to Participatory Indicator Development is the product of a year-long project in the Bihai and Huizhan Neighbourhoods in Guiyang. The project engaged local residents in setting community priorities, and created a multistakeholder process to enlist input from experts and government officials in establishing a set of indicators that can track those priorities using available data.

  • Equal Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities in China
    Nov 28, 2016

    This study explores the extent to which persons with disabilities (PWD) in China can effectively navigate the judicial system. Using Article 13 of the United Nations “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” and China’s “Law on the Protection of Persons with Disabilities” and “Legal Aid Regulations” as analytical tools and reference points, the authors of this report have undertaken empirical research to illuminate the current situation and problems that PWD face when seeking access to justice and realizing their basic rights. By exploring a number of practical experiences, this report concludes with various policy recommendations that might rectify the problems delineated herein.

  • Annual Report on China's Judicial Reform 2015
    Jun 10, 2016

    2015 was another pivotal year for judicial reform in China. The Implementation Plan on the current round of judicial reforms, released in April, set the blueprint and timetable for the reforms announced in the Fourth Five-Year Judicial Reform Plan (2014-2018) in 2014. The reforms cover a broad scope with measures adopted to strengthen judicial accountability and improve the capacity of the judiciary. This report presents and analyzes recent developments in judicial reform that occurred over the past year. It highlights the ambition for comprehensive reform by focusing on general as well as specific measures across different areas of the judiciary, the procuratorate, and the legal profession at large, and reflects on the successes and challenges in their implementation.