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Relaunching the Scientific Outlook on Development?

--> Last week, the anniversary of the founding of the PRC was marked by two events that went more or less unnoticed. On September 29, General Secretary Xi Jinping held a speech at the Symposium on Studying the Selected Works of Hu Jintao. On October 2, the People's Daily published an editorial on 'A Major Result in the Sinification of Marxism'. This post examines the October 2 editorial. An abridged translation of Xi Jinping's speech is available here, and my comments on the speech will soon be published on this blog.

The editorial was exclusively focused on the Scientific Outlook on Development. It specified what the Scientific Outlook on Development is, what requests it poses, and why it is important.
The October 2 editorial was published by an author writing under the pen name 钟言闻实 Zhongyan Wenshi

The first character -钟zhong - conveys the idea of time, of time that passes, of timing,and also a bell. 言 stands for words, while 闻 in this context could refer to ne…

OHCHR Call for Consultation: “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”

The Secretariat of the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) to identify possible topics for discussion at the Forum's inaugural session on “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”. The Forum will be held in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on November 21 and 22, 2016. 
The Secretariat wishes to ensure a strong youth participation in the Forum, and that young people's voices are heard and taken into duly consideration at all stages of the preparations for the Forum, including with regard to the identification of possible topics to be discussed during the meeting. 
FLIA is therefore helping the Secretariat reach out to all interested parties to make the Secretariat's call for inputs an effective and inclusive exercize. Two of the possible broader themes that have thus far been identified are: 

1. the role of training in youth's effective political …

OHCHR Call for Consultation: “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”

The Secretariat of the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) to identify possible topics for discussion at the Forum's inaugural session on “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”. The Forum will be held in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on November 21 and 22, 2016. 
The Secretariat wishes to ensure a strong youth participation in the Forum, and that young people's voices are heard and taken into duly consideration at all stages of the preparations for the Forum, including with regard to the identification of possible topics to be discussed during the meeting. 
FLIA is therefore helping the Secretariat reach out to all interested parties to make the Secretariat's call for inputs an effective and inclusive exercize. Two of the possible broader themes that have thus far been identified are: 

1. the role of training in youth's effective political …

Call for Consultation: “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”

The Secretariat of the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) to identify possible topics for discussion at the Forum's inaugural session on “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”. The Forum will be held in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on November 21 and 22, 2016. 
The Secretariat wishes to ensure a strong youth participation in the Forum, and that young people's voices are heard and taken into duly consideration at all stages of the preparations for the Forum, including with regard to the identification of possible topics to be discussed during the meeting. 
FLIA is therefore helping the Secretariat reach out to all interested parties to make the Secretariat's call for inputs an effective and inclusive exercize. Two of the possible broader themes that have thus far been identified are: 

1. the role of training in youth's effective political …

What role do academics play in the creation of a civil society space?

I am reposting an insightful comment I received from my friend and colleague Elisa Nesossi to a posting I made on "Optimism and Interpretive Spaces: China's Foreign NGOs Management Law". 


Among Elisa's observations, one point attracted my attention. (...) whether and to what extent [academics] want to engage with and contribute to the real world (...)In June 2015, the Ariadne Network, the International Human Rights Funders Group, and the European Foundation Centre held a workshop in Berlin on "Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society". Ariadne is a "European peer-to-peer network of more than 500 funders and philanthropists who support social change and human rights." 
The International Human Rights Funders Group is a "global network of donors and grant makers committed to advancing human rights around the world". The European Foundation Centre is "the platform for and champion of institutional philanthrophy - with a focus on Eur…

Optimism and Interpretive Spaces: China's Foreign NGOs Management Law - A Response to Elisa Nesossi.

In the context of a broader, on-going discussion about civil society space in China, which is for the most part being held at Law at the End of the Day [see here for earlier commentaries by Larry Backer, here for one of my commentaries, here for Zhu Shaoming's background briefs], in May I published a briefing paper entitled "From Rogue Tiger to Global Player: China's Foreign NGO Management Law", under the auspices of the Torino World Affairs Institute.
The Foreign NGO Management Law has been the object of an heated, almost fiery, international debate, and understandably so. 
In the briefing paper, I argued that - as amply proved by the OBOR initiative among others -  the People's Republic of China is getting closer to playing a more relevant role in the making of global norms. My use of the words 'global norms' was intended to refer to all those legal and non-legal standards that regulate the behavior of state and non-state actors at  both the global and lo…

Invitation to collaborate: "Legal Problems of Renewing the Term of the Right to Use Land for Construction of Dwellings."

The Foundation for Law and International Affairs is launching an exciting new project on "Legal Problems of Renewing the Term of the Right to Use Land for the Construction of Dwellings". In this post, I am sharing FLIA's call to collaborate, which is addressed to legal scholars at any stage of their carriers, and from any jurisdiction. For further information, the complete call can be found here
FLIA invites you to join the Comparative Research Project: Legal Problems of Renewing the Term of the Right to Use Land for Construction of Dwellings.
Background

The right to use land for construction of dwellings is a relatively new legal term in China. Recently, the legal problem of renewing the term of the right to use land for construction of dwellings after it expires has become a major concern for the public. 
There are two legal grounds governing this issue. One is the Property Law, which was adopted at the 5th session of the Tenth National People's Congress on March 1…

"It is up to us to pick up the bricks and put them together" - Jean Christopher Mittelstaedt Comment on "Musings on the Concept of Zhengfa"

"Musings on the concept of Zhengfa" is the title of a post that appeared on this blog on March 17. The post was based on a paper I presented at the Australian National University, Centre for China in the World. I am truly honored to receive, and post, a comment I have received from Jean Christopher Mittelstaedt, who is a DPhil candidate at the Politics Department, University of Oxford. 

"It is up to us to pick up the bricks and put them together"

Flora Sapio’s discussion on zhengfa is significant for at least two reasons: first, it highlights the darkness in which we as China scholars tend to live in and is an attempt to shine some light on an often bewildering subject (in this case zhengfa and the implied relationship between politics and law); second, even more importantly, her paper is an invitation to think about the nature and construction of meaning in the Chinese context.
It is easy to casually dismiss Dr. Sapio’s recent article on zhengfa as a semantic game l…

Dr. Bai Jingyu on "A Looming Crisis for China's Legal System"

Commentary
Dr. Bai Jingyu

The following commentaries are responses to A Looming Crisis for China’s Legal System, by Jerome A. Cohen.
First of all, the article provides accurate truth to a large extent. The author’s attitude towards truth should be respected and appreciated. However, since I do not focus on legal history research, I cannot guarantee that all the details are accurate. In addition, I suggest adding determiners before the subjects for more precise expressions. For example, adding “some” to the sentence, “Talented judges and lawyers are leaving the profession”, is a more accurate description because clearly, not all talented judges and lawyers leave the jobs, and not all the ones that choose to stay are talentless. Also, in my opinion, the expression “The current leadership has rejected many of the universal legal values” is somewhat exaggerating. It appears that only a small portion of universal legal values is rejected by the leaders, rather than the majority. 
Secondly, …