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An Interview about shuanggui

Julie Zaugg, a journalist with the French newspaper Les Echos, kindly contacted me asking if I could give an interview about shuanggui. 
It was a great pleasure to accept the interview, as I have not talked to the press in some time, due to various overlapping commitments. 
The full text of the interview can be found below, after a brief explanation of what 'shuanggui' is. The interview will be published in Les Echos Weekend.

'Shuanggui' is a Chinese colloquialism that has entered the English language, and it is used to refer to 'lianggui'. 'Lianggui' is a technical term in the law of the Chinese Communist Party. 
According to Li Yongzhong, the famous scholar of Party legislation who is also the top expert on 'lianggui', between the late 1980s and the early 1990s some officials began obstacling Party investigation of corruption cases, whenever investigations involved them or their clients. 
The Party's Commissions for Discipline Inspection had…

Larry Catà Backer's Comments on "Justice: Socialist Core Values, Symbols, and Performance"

The relationship of justice to the social and legal order has long appeared to be both fixed and contingent--symbolic and performed. It's values are peculiar to itself--reflecting both societal and temporal context--and also common to all communities. The West has an ancient set of core values still powerful (at least when its elites are required to recall them) in the operational life of society and its governance instruments. Its object is justice, is symbol is law and its interpretation is performed by the governance community itself. Recall the summation of these Western core values in the very beginning of the Institutes of Justinian (Book I title I) "Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives to every man his due. . . . . The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give every man his due. . . . Jurisprudence is the knowledge of things divine and human, the science of the just and the unjust." All strong societies have a lis…

Justice: Socialist Core Values, Symbols, and Performance

Justice: Socialist Core Values, symbols, and performance

Presentation given at Lund University, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
24 February 2016
Justice is a complex idea to analyse in any system. In the People's Republic of China, Justice (公正 gongzheng) is not only a concept in moral philosophy, or political philosophy strictu sensu. Even more importantly, it is one of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s Twelve Socialist Core Values, and a key component of the morality and customs of society. Therefore, while the idea of justice is embedded in the political-legal system, it can also be embodied in fields and activities that go beyond the narrower structures of politics and the law. In this sense, the value of justice – not unlike the other Twelve Socialist Core Values – traverses various fields of knowledge and activity. It cuts across culture and the arts, politics, legal theory, and the practice of law. It is expressed by and through all of these fields. The main q…