Seminar on Empirical Approaches to Criminal Procedure Reform


  • Download the Agenda from this event held October 5 to 7, 2008 


  • Professor Fan Chongyi is a law professor at China University of Politics and Law, the National Prosecutors College, the National Administration School and the National Judges College. Fan serves as a consultant and a director of various government and academic programs. Fan is Vice President of the China Behavioral Law Association, a consultant to the China Prison Research Institute, a member of the Expert Advisory Committee of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Honorary Dean of the Procedure Law Research Institute at CUPL. For his outstanding contributions, Fan is the recipient of a special government allowance. Fan has published widely on criminal justice and jurisprudence topics. His publications include, “A Philosophic Study on Departments of Law,” “Theory on the Administration of Justice,” and “Marching Toward a Rational Path of Criminal Procedure Law Research.”
  • Professor Gu Yongzhong is a doctoral advisor at China University of Politic Science and Law and serves as Vice-Dean of the University’s Procedural Law Institute. Before commencing university studies, Gu worked as a criminal police officer in Gansu Province’s Lanzhou City. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and a Master’s in Jurisprudence, Gu began teaching in the faculty at CUPL. In 1994, Gu joined East Associates Law Firm, an award-winning Beijing Law Firm, where he worked as a lawyer and partner until 2003. In 2004, Gu returned to China University of Politic Science and Law to continue academic work with the Procedural Law Institute. Gu has traveled extensively internationally for human rights events. His research interests include the challenges to criminal procedural reform, as well as the practical and theoretical problems of criminal defense.
  • Professor Song Yinghui has served as a professor at the Criminal Law Science Institute at Beijing Normal University and as director of the University’s Criminal Procedure System Reform Research Center since July 2006. Prior to his appointment at BNU, Song worked as a university lecturer, associate professor and professor at the China University of Politic Science and Law, where he also served as the Executive Deputy Director of the University’s Procedural Law Research Center. Song serves on numerous academic and governmental advisory committees, including serving as Vice-President of the China Law Society’s Criminal Procedure Code Research Association, Executive Director of the Chinese Society of Criminology and a Director of the China Procuratorial Research Association. Song’s recent research interests and projects cover issues of bail in China’s criminal compulsory measure system and Chinese restorative justice. In recent years, Song has published the “Study on Amending the Code of Criminal Procedure,” “A Study on Problems and Solutions to the Release on Bail System,” and “The Legitimacy of China’s Criminal Reconciliation System.” 
  • Professor Chen Weidong is a senior professor (second degree) and doctoral advisor at Renmin University of China Law School. Chen directs various academic programs at the University, including the Procedural System and Judicial Reform Studies Center, the Procedural Law Department and the Criminal Law Research Center. Chen serves on several national boards and associations, including serving as a Vice-President to China Law Society’s Criminal Procedure Code Research Association as well as various academic and procuratorate advisory committees. Chen has edited numerous works and written extensively on criminal procedure reforms and legislation. His recent publications include “The Road of Procedural Justice,” published in 2005 by Law Press, and “A Model Code of Criminal Procedure,” published by Renmin University of China Press in 2005.
  • Professor Zuo Weimin is a professor of law at Sichuan University Law School and is acting Vice-Dean at Sichuan University Graduate School. Zuo completed his university and post-graduate studies at China’s Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China. In 1987, Zuo joined the faculty at Sichuan University Law School, and in 2000, Zuo became director of the University’s Judicial Reform Research Center. From 1998 to 2005, Zuo served as the Vice-Dean at Sichuan University Law School. For his academic teaching and research, Zuo has received various accolades, including being named one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Legal Scholars” in 2004 and winning the Ministry of Education’s “Young Teacher Award” in 2000. In addition, Zuo was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School in 2002, and, more recently, at Harvard Law School in 2005. 
  • Dr. Xie Pengcheng is Deputy Director of the Institute of Procuratorial Theory at the Supreme People's Procuratorate and is the Managing Director of the Jurisprudence Society of China. Dr. Xie has attended advancing training on corruption prevention at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at London University and has toured the Crown Prosecution Service, the Crown Court and various magistrate courts in England. Dr. Xie has also completed post-doctoral research at the Institute of Federalism of Fribourg University, Switzerland. Prior to his work with the SPP, Dr. Xie taught Jurisprudence, Comparative Legal History and Constitutional Law in the Law Department of Yantai University. In 1996, Xie joined the Institute of Procuratorial Theory of the SPP. Dr. Xie received his Bachelor’s degree in law from Wuhan University, his Master’s degree from the Law School of Peking University, and his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). His research interests include judicial systems, constitutional law and procuratorial theory. Dr. Xie has published more than 170 treatises and essays, as well as 10 books.