The China Guiding Cases Project (the “CGCP”) of Stanford Law School aims to advance the understanding of Chinese law and to help develop a more transparent and accountable judiciary in China by engaging experts and other stakeholders around the world to contribute to a unique knowledge-base, undertaking capacity-building activities for legal actors, and promoting public education and participation.
In November 2010, the Supreme People’s Court of China (the “SPC”) established the Case Guidance System (案例指导制度), a ground-breaking system in which certain Chinese court judgments are selected and re-issued as de facto binding Guiding Cases (“GCs”; 指导性案例) to guide the adjudication of similar subsequent cases and ensure the uniform application of law. Immediately thereafter, Dr. Mei Gechlik founded the CGCP to carry out its historic mission.
Subsequent developments show that select important cases issued to date by the SPC under the Case Guidance System also include Belt and Road (“B&R”) Typical Cases (一带一路典型案例), which showcase how courts in China adjudicate legal issues related to the country’s Belt and Road Initiative (the “BRI”). The growing significance of B&R Typical Cases, and the potential impact of the Case Guidance System on the establishment of BRI dispute settlement mechanisms reveal the timeliness and exceptional importance of the CGCP’s mission.
The CGCP team has grown to nearly 200 law students, other graduate students, lawyers, and translation professionals working across the globe and is advised by more than 50 distinguished experts, including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and the SPC.
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