Judiciary Reform

The scholarship in judicial reform derives its intellectual roots from the law and development movement. The guiding assumption to the law and development movement is that law is central to the political and economic development process. The core of a judicial reform program typically consists of measures to strengthen the judicial branch of government and related entities such as the public prosecutor and public defender offices, bar associations, and law schools. The program goals include promoting the rule of law and judicial independence, expediting case processing, providing alternative dispute resolution services, and professionalizing the bench and bar. Since the 1980s, the U.S. Agency for International Development, along with other international organizations such as the World Bank, funded judicial reform as part of its larger effort to strengthen newly emerging democracies around the world, and to make the legal systems in transition economies more market friendly. Within the current context of globalization, the judicial reform scholarship attempts to draw more on the experience of developing countries in theorizing the relationship between law and social change.




Research Group

Fan, Yu (link)

Hu, Ming (link)

Li, Jianyong (link)

Lin, Xifen (link)

Liu, Zhong (link)

Lu, Hong (link)

Qu, Kun (link)

Tian, Chengyou (link)

Wang, Fuhua (link)

Wu, Hongqi (link)

Xu, Xin (link)

Yang, Li (link)