Implementation of Exclusionary Rule in China: Challenges and Possible Solutions

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Public Lecture by Zhiyuan Guo

3:00–4:30 p.m., UC Irvine School of Law, LAW 3750 (Directions)

Introduction

The exclusion of illegally obtained evidence has long been the focus of theoretical research and legislative reform in China. After years of efforts, the exclusionary rules have finally found its foothold in Chinese statute. However, after the exclusionary rule has been officially established, the initial reform fervor has given way to a difficult slog of changing actual practice.

This lecture discusses a comprehensive empirical survey on the implementation of the exclusionary rule conducted by the speaker as the primary investigator, and will address three key issues that stood out in the empirical surveys: the definition and scope of illegally obtained confession, proof of illegally obtained confession, and suppression hearing. In addressing each issue, the author will follow the similar structure: firstly share the empirical findings on the implementation of the exclusionary rule across the country, then examine the contributing factors causing the failure of implementation, and identify the existing challenges China encountered in implementing the new rules, last put forward some potential solutions to these problems based on comparative study and special situation of China.

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About the Speaker

Guo Zhiyuan Zhiyuan Guo is a Professor of Law at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, where she specializes in Criminal Procedure, Evidence, International Human Rights Law and Law and Society Studies. She is Deputy Director of the Center for Criminal Law and Justice, CUPL, Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College, US and Chinese University of Hong Kong, she is also a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. Guo was appointed as Guanghua Visiting Scholar at NYU School of Law from 2008-2009 and as Sohmen Visiting Scholar at Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University in 2011. She was just appointed as Fulbright Research Scholar for 2015-2016 and now is visiting Stanford Law School. Prof. Guo has published extensively on academic journals in both Chinese and English languages. Her research interests include exclusionary rules of evidence, Plea Bargaining, Effective Counsel, and Criminal Mental Health Law.