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The Exclusionary Rule of Evidence

Comparative Analysis and Proposals for Reform, 1st Edition

By Kuo-hsing Hsieh


264 pages

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This groundbreaking monograph asserts the need for the establishment of an exclusionary rule of evidence in China as a means of protecting the people from police wrongdoing. The author skilfully explores the foundations and developments of the exclusionary rule in the UK and USA, assessing the rule from a comparative perspective and illuminating some issues that may arise in transferring the rule from one legal system to another. Divided into two parts, the first part discusses lessons from the past, and provides an in-depth examination of the development of the exclusionary rule in the UK and USA, covering rationales, debates and the theoretical foundation of the exclusionary rule in the constitutional context. The second part looks to the future and the establishment of a Chinese exclusionary rule. Specifically, it analyses the effects of police torture, the passive attitude of judges and the need to establish such a rule in practice for future protection of human rights. The author’s experience in criminal law and procedure allow him to adroitly analyse crucial issues on both theoretical and practical level that is understandable to those working in the areas of human rights, comparative criminal procedure, and the Chinese legal system.


’Kuo-hsing Hsieh takes on the very topical issue of state torture and how to prevent it. Using the vehicle of the Exclusionary Rule, the author explores the reasons why China continues to experience continuing problems of official torture and how the Exclusionary Rule can be used to prevent it. With the United Kingdom and the United States as comparative examples, Hsieh lays out the problem and provides a solution. A most timely book.’ Robert C. Berring, Berkeley Law School, University of California, USA ’This book is an exhaustive collection of primary sources and discussions of theoretical perspectives on various aspects of exclusionary rules in the US, the UK and China, and it is an equally exhaustive collection of pertinent Chinese materials that lay out clearly and distinctly the differences between these legal systems. The author makes a heartfelt plea for change in China, and this book may be a valuable contribution to that effort.’ Ronald J. Allen, Northwestern University, USA

About the Author

Kuo-hsing Hsieh is Assistant Professor of Law at the National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, where his teaching and research focus on criminal law and procedure, and human rights law. He read law at the University of Edinburgh where he received his Ph.D. degree, having been awarded a College of Humanities and Social Science Scholarship, School of Law Scholarship, W.A. Wilson Education Fund and North American Taiwan Studies Association Scholarship. His principal research interest is the broad field of criminal justice, where his work ranges from substantive criminal law to criminal procedure to the administration of criminal justice, with a special focus on issues related to comparative law.

About the Series

International and Comparative Criminal Justice

International and Comparative Criminal Justice
This series explores the new and rapidly developing field of international and comparative criminal justice and engages with its most important emerging themes and debates. It focuses on three interrelated aspects of scholarship which go to the root of understanding the nature and significance of international criminal justice in the broader context of globalization and global governance. These include: the theoretical and methodological problems posed by the development of international and comparative criminal justice; comparative contextual analysis; the reciprocal relationship between comparative and international criminal justice and contributions which endeavor to build understandings of global justice on foundations of comparative contextual analysis.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights