Joshua is a Business and Human Rights Strategy Advisor/Analyst at Amnesty International’s East Asia Regional Office in Hong Kong, where he has lived since 2008. An observer of all things Chinese for more than twenty-five years, he has more than a decade of experience researching, analyzing, and teaching about human rights developments and criminal justice in China. The views expressed in this piece are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of Amnesty International.
With its ample resonance both within China and internationally, the ‘rule of law’ (yifa zhiguo) is an expression that can justify the most disparate justice reforms. It is both a political value worth defending and a reason for consternation; it is an ideal that is inherently troubling and troubled by its interlocutors, advocates, and critics. […]