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Special Feature: 1989, a Watershed in Chinese History?

The Politicisation of China's Law-Enforcement and Judicial Apparatus

Willy Wo-Lap Lam
p. 42-51


The Chinese Communist Party has politicised the judicial and law-enforcement apparatus despite Beijing’s avowed commitment to global norms. This paper shows how, in the wake of the 4 June 1989 crackdown, the CCP leadership enhanced its control over the courts and procuratorates so as to boost its capacity to punish dissidents, separatists, and other destabilising elements. Despite President Hu Jintao’s slogan of “running the country according to law,” the prospect for rule of law and judicial independence remains illusory.

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Electronic reference

Willy Wo-Lap Lam, « The Politicisation of China's Law-Enforcement and Judicial Apparatus », China Perspectives [Online], 2009/2 | 2009, Online since 01 June 2011, connection on 01 May 2017. URL :

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About the author

Willy Wo-Lap Lam

Professor of Chinese Studies, Akita International University, Japan and Adjunct Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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