By all accounts, China is the world leader in the number of legal executions. Its long historical use of capital punishment and its major political and economic changes over time are social facts that make China an ideal context for a case study of the death penalty in law and practice. This book examines the death penalty within the changing socio-political context of China. The authors'treatment of China' death penalty is legal, historical, and comparative. In particular, they examine;
Their analyses of the death penalty in contemporary China focus on both its theory - how it should be done in law - and actual practice - based on available secondary reports/sources.
1. Introduction 2. Death Penalty as Law and Punishment 3. Historical and Legal Development of the Death Penalty 4. Contemporary Substantive and Procedural Criminal Law on the Death Penalty 5. The Application of the Death Penalty 6. The Process of Death Sentence and Execution 7. Reforms and the Future Prospects of the Death Penalty. Appendix: Judicial Judgment of Selected Capital Cases