China Guiding Cases Project

China Guiding Cases Project The China Guiding Cases Project (CGCP) of Stanford Law School aims to advance knowledge and understanding of Chinese law inside and outside of China.

On November 26, 2010, the Supreme People’s Court made a significant change in the Chinese legal system by adopting a rule creating a procedure to recognize a body of “guiding cases.” Although formally the new rule states only that courts at all levels in China “should refer to” (应当参照) guiding cases released by the Supreme People’s Court, senior judges of the highest court have observed that they expect these cases to be followed and that, if they are not, there may be serious repercussions. Such comments, together with the fact that guiding cases are selected by the adjudication committee of the Supreme People’s Court (the members of which include the president, vice presidents, and chief judges of different chambers in the court), make clear that these cases carry far more weight than the phrase “should refer to” would otherwise suggest. While not formally constituting binding precedents in the Western sense, the guiding cases may evolve to have a similar effect. The CGCP aims to make the guiding cases released by China's Supreme People's Court quickly and easily accessible to English-speaking audiences outside China. Legal experts from around the world are invited to submit commentaries discussing the legal and other implications of these cases.

04/16/2019
CGCP Interview: Professor Jeffrey S. Lubbers

In a CGCP interview, Professor Jeffrey S. Lubbers, Professor of the Practice of Administrative Law at Washington College of Law, American University, shared his insights on legal systems in the U.S. and China, and his interests in China and Chinese law: https://urlzs.com/MVJa

Professor Jeffrey S. Lubbers, Professor of the Practice of Administrative Law at Washington College of Law, American University, was interviewed by CGCP Memb...

Come and check exciting topics including Belt & Road Guiding Cases, AI and Law, and Judicial Mediation included in the n...
04/15/2019
Belt & Road Guiding Cases; Regulating AI; AI and Courts; Judicial Mediation

Come and check exciting topics including Belt & Road Guiding Cases, AI and Law, and Judicial Mediation included in the newly released China Law Connect Issue 4:https://bit.ly/2D7fDzZ

This newsletter covers: Six Belt & Road Guiding Cases and AmCham Talk The CGCP’s Global Impact China Law Connect (Issue 4): Judicial Mediation, Regulating AI, and AI and Courts A Grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation & How to Purchase China Law Connect Online to Sustain the China Gui...

10/25/2018
CGCP Classroom Interview: James McManis

In a CGCP interview, James McManis (Founder and Partner, McManis Faulkner) shares the lessons he has learned during his 50-year career, and the insights he has gained from his extensive work in China.

The CGCP is conducting a short survey on the new international commercial courts that China has established to oversee B...
10/18/2018
Questionnaire: Rules on China’s International Commercial Courts问卷调查: 中国国际商事法庭规则 Survey

The CGCP is conducting a short survey on the new international commercial courts that China has established to oversee BRI-related disputes. We are soliciting your feedback and will incorporate the results into future research on international commercial courts. The survey should only take five minutes: https://bit.ly/2Cs6Ry4

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On March 30, 2018, the CGCP hosted a large-scale conference in Beijing, China titled "China's Case Guidance System and B...
05/01/2018

On March 30, 2018, the CGCP hosted a large-scale conference in Beijing, China titled "China's Case Guidance System and Belt and Road Initiative: Practical Insights and Prospects". More than 160 attendees participated in the full-day conference, including judges, lawyers, academics, and students from across China, as well as winners and finalists of the China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest. Later this year, a book with chapters or shorter notes contributed by speakers of the conference will be published.

On March 30, 2018, the CGCP hosted a large-scale conference in Beijing, China titled "China's Case Guidance System and Belt and Road Initiative: Practical Insights and Prospects". More than 160 attendees participated in the full-day conference, including judges, lawyers, academics, and students from across China, as well as winners and finalists of the China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest. Later this year, a book with chapters or shorter notes contributed by speakers of the conference will be published.

We had a successful conference in Beijing last month! More information and photos to come.
04/20/2018
McManis Faulkner

We had a successful conference in Beijing last month! More information and photos to come.

#tbt Such an honor to be a part of the Stanford Law China Guiding Cases Project Conference last month. Partner, James McManis and his fellow panelists offered insight on global legal challenges and the impact of case law training.

02/22/2018
Guiding Case No. 78 - Qihu v. Tencent

With the rapid development of the internet and fierce competition among internet companies, China's judicial system has encountered unprecedented challenges. Guiding Case No. 78 (Beijing Qihu Technology Co., Ltd. v. Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited and Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited, A Dispute over Abusing Dominant Market Position) is a typical example.

We are delighted to announce that the CGCP will hold a large-scale all-day conference on Friday, March 30, 2018 in Beiji...
02/08/2018
China's Case Guidance System and Belt & Road Initiative: Practical Insights and Prospects - China Guiding Cases Project

We are delighted to announce that the CGCP will hold a large-scale all-day conference on Friday, March 30, 2018 in Beijing, China at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Titled “China’s Case Guidance System and Belt & Road Initiative: Practical Insights and Prospects”, the event will serve as a critical platform for diverse and distinguished legal experts to share their insights about China’s Guiding Cases and other important cases released by the Supreme People’s Court of China, such as the “Belt & Road” Typical Cases, and discuss their prospects. Register now: http://stanford.io/2nS9PC2

To request a seat at the conference, please fill out this form. DATE – Friday, March 30, 2018 TIME – 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. VENUE – Stanford Center at …

01/22/2018
CGCP Classroom Introductory Video

Introducing CGCP Classroom™: an online, mobile-friendly, and interactive platform through which the CGCP releases videos about Guiding Cases, cases related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and other topics. Learn more: http://stanford.io/2DAASM5

On October 19, 2017, the China Guiding Cases Project held a Guiding Cases Seminar™ titled On Building China‟s New IP Cas...
11/15/2017

On October 19, 2017, the China Guiding Cases Project held a Guiding Cases Seminar™ titled On Building China‟s New IP Case System: A Discussion with Chinese Judges as well as Legal and Big Data Experts at Stanford Law School. The seminar featured presentations by: Dr. Mei Gechlik, founder and director of the CGCP as well as moderator of the seminar; Judge JIANG Shuwei and Judge LIU Yijun, both of whom are Judges of the Beijing IP Court; Mr. John Liu, Chief Technology Officer of Gridsum Holding Inc.; Professor Leon Lee, Executive Director of the Case Law Research Center, School of Law of the Central University of Finance and Economics; and Judge William A. Fletcher, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read Event summary and watch video of the entire seminar: http://stanford.io/2xWLFfP

On October 19, 2017, the China Guiding Cases Project held a Guiding Cases Seminar™ titled On Building China‟s New IP Case System: A Discussion with Chinese Judges as well as Legal and Big Data Experts at Stanford Law School. The seminar featured presentations by: Dr. Mei Gechlik, founder and director of the CGCP as well as moderator of the seminar; Judge JIANG Shuwei and Judge LIU Yijun, both of whom are Judges of the Beijing IP Court; Mr. John Liu, Chief Technology Officer of Gridsum Holding Inc.; Professor Leon Lee, Executive Director of the Case Law Research Center, School of Law of the Central University of Finance and Economics; and Judge William A. Fletcher, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read Event summary and watch video of the entire seminar: http://stanford.io/2xWLFfP

Last night, we hosted a successful Guiding Cases Seminar™ on China's new IP case system at Stanford Law School. Our sinc...
10/20/2017

Last night, we hosted a successful Guiding Cases Seminar™ on China's new IP case system at Stanford Law School. Our sincere thanks to the wonderful speakers and attendees for their support and participation. Stay tuned for the full event summary and video recording of the entire seminar.

Seven years after China established its system of Guiding Cases, the country is ready to take another groundbreaking ste...
10/11/2017

Seven years after China established its system of Guiding Cases, the country is ready to take another groundbreaking step: building a case system that focuses on intellectual property. How might U.S. businesses and innovators be able to leverage this new development to better protect their legal rights and interests? Join us at the Guiding Cases Seminar™ next Thursday, Oct. 19 to learn more. RSVP now: http://stanford.io/2xWLFfP

Join us for a Guiding Cases Seminar™ on China's new IP case system on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Stanford Law School, featurin...
10/04/2017
On Building China's New IP Case System: A Discussion with Chinese Judges as well as Legal and Big Data Experts - China Guiding Cases Project

Join us for a Guiding Cases Seminar™ on China's new IP case system on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Stanford Law School, featuring judges from the Beijing IP court and Judge William Fletcher (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). Learn more and RSVP now: http://stanford.io/2xWLFfP

To RSVP for this event, please visit here DATE – Thursday, October 19, 2017 TIME – 6:00-8:00 p.m. VENUE – Room 190, Stanford Law School ADDRESS – 559 Nathan Abbott …

Writing Contest Update: due to numerous requests, the CGCP has decided to extend the deadline for China Cases Insights™ ...
09/29/2017
China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest - China Guiding Cases Project

Writing Contest Update: due to numerous requests, the CGCP has decided to extend the deadline for China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest to October 10, 2017. We look forward to reading your submissions.

Due to numerous requests, we have decided to extend the deadline to October 10 The China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”) of Stanford Law School (“SLS”) is excited to announce China …

In May 2017, we launched an international Writing Contest to encourage more analyses of cases in China because of their ...
08/30/2017

In May 2017, we launched an international Writing Contest to encourage more analyses of cases in China because of their growing importance. We have received many submissions and look forward to receiving more before the September 30, 2017 deadline. Participate today: http://stanford.io/2qam1Rn

Meet CGCP adviser - Helen Su. Helen is a partner in Alston & Bird's Intellectual Property practice. Her unique mix of bu...
08/28/2017

Meet CGCP adviser - Helen Su. Helen is a partner in Alston & Bird's Intellectual Property practice. Her unique mix of business skills, experience, and multicultural background allow Helen to counsel and solve clients' problems from not only a legal perspective but also strategic business and cultural perspectives. Her dedication to her Chinese clients has earned her recognition as an Intellectual Property Foreign Expert for China by Chambers Global 2017. http://stanford.io/2wde6Wg

China's Guiding Cases and U.S. Precedents
08/21/2017

China's Guiding Cases and U.S. Precedents

The Hoover Institution published Dr. Mei Gechlik's essay on US-China cyber relations titled "Appropriate Norms of State ...
08/11/2017
Appropriate Norms Of State Behavior In Cyberspace: Governance In China And Opportunities For US Businesses

The Hoover Institution published Dr. Mei Gechlik's essay on US-China cyber relations titled "Appropriate Norms of State Behavior in Cyberspace”: Governance in China and Opportunities for U.S. Businesses. Read the full essay below.

We thank the Hoover Institution for allowing us to publish the Chinese version of this essay on the CGCP website: http://stanford.io/2vr2LS0

Finding cybernorms that are acceptable to the United States and China, which have different ideologies and practices as well as enormous interests at stake, is challenging. This article identifies these developments in China - the new Guiding Cases System as well as foreign and domestic developments...

"New food raw materials" or "Chinese medicine"? The new issue of China Cases Insights™ explored China's unclear regulato...
06/29/2017

"New food raw materials" or "Chinese medicine"? The new issue of China Cases Insights™ explored China's unclear regulatory framework for the food industry as illustrated in Guiding Case No. 70: http://stanford.io/2srTioD

Beijing government plans to move to Tongzhou District, a suburban area in Beijing. Thanks to the kind arrangements made ...
06/26/2017

Beijing government plans to move to Tongzhou District, a suburban area in Beijing. Thanks to the kind arrangements made by the Central University of Finance and Economics, Dr. Gechlik visited the Tongzhou District People’s Court to learn about the development of this court, especially its increasing focus on the analysis of cases.

Dr. Mei Gechlik (CGCP Founder and Director) and Judge GUO Feng (Deputy Director of the Research Office at Supreme People...
06/16/2017

Dr. Mei Gechlik (CGCP Founder and Director) and Judge GUO Feng (Deputy Director of the Research Office at Supreme People’s Court) gave talks at AmCham China yesterday on Guiding Cases and their importance to China's Belt and Road Initiative: http://bit.ly/2skmJul

We are accepting submissions for the CGCP China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest. We encourage all interested authors to ...
06/08/2017
China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest - Intent to Submit Form

We are accepting submissions for the CGCP China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest. We encourage all interested authors to fill out the Intent to Submit form now. Submission deadline is September 30, 2017: http://stanford.io/2rkfkMR

This information is only for the planning purposes of the China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”): filling out this form creates no obligation, nor will it increase your chances of success in the

In 2013, approximately three years after the establishment of China’s Guiding Cases System, Judge John Walker, Jr. of th...
05/24/2017

In 2013, approximately three years after the establishment of China’s Guiding Cases System, Judge John Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Sidney Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge LI Bing of the Supreme People’s Court (who, together with Judges GUO Feng and SHI Lei, oversees the GCS), and Dr. Mei Gechlik were brought together by a U.S.-China Rule of Law Dialogue to share their thoughts about the GC. They left the meeting not expecting that the dialogue would continue to progress and produce impressive results. Read more: http://stanford.io/2rifllQ

We are collaborating with Ravel Law, an analytics research company founded by two SLS graduates, to connect the CGCP aud...
05/23/2017
Home - Ravel Law

We are collaborating with Ravel Law, an analytics research company founded by two SLS graduates, to connect the CGCP audience to relevant U.S. case law. Starting with the first China Cases Insights™, U.S. cases cited in CGCP products will be linked to Ravel webpages providing the full-texts of the judgments. We are excited to connect our global audience to this new resource, as we are confident that Ravel’s products will further illuminate the complex issues discussed in our own.

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To mark the significance of China Cases Insights™ - CGCP's new product, we launched an international Writing Contest. Au...
05/16/2017

To mark the significance of China Cases Insights™ - CGCP's new product, we launched an international Writing Contest. Authors of top submissions will receive travel awards to participate in a large-scale conference that we are organizing to take place in Beijing in March 2018. This competition is open to authors from any country. For details about the contest: http://stanford.io/2qam1Rn

We are pleased to announce a brand new product: China Cases Insights™, which aims to provide legal and business professi...
05/09/2017

We are pleased to announce a brand new product: China Cases Insights™, which aims to provide legal and business professionals with concise and practical analyses of cases in or related to China. Read the first issue of this publication authored by the Honorable Judge John M. Walker (Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit): http://stanford.io/2qPL10Z

Only four days until our China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest Info Session. Come meet our team and learn tips for the c...
05/08/2017

Only four days until our China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest Info Session. Come meet our team and learn tips for the contest. This event is open to the public. RSVP: http://stanford.io/2qfTeYp

04/28/2017

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We're spotlighting some of the brilliant minds behind the CGCP:Dai Di is a Ph.D. Candidate of Peking University Law Scho...
04/25/2017

We're spotlighting some of the brilliant minds behind the CGCP:

Dai Di is a Ph.D. Candidate of Peking University Law School and a former attorney of Beijing Haijia Law Firm. Since he joined the CGCP when the project was founded in 2012, he has been contributing significantly to the scholarship developed by the project. Di studies administrative litigation in China, with a particular focus on the impact of these cases on administrative adjudication and administrative activities. As a former attorney, he has a deep understanding of the operation of China’s judiciary and case system. Di is a member of a project titled “A Comprehensive and Systematic Research on the Construction of a Case System with Chinese Characteristics”, a major project selected in 2016 for support by China’s National Social Science Fund. Di holds a bachelor’s degree of law and a master’s degree of law from Peking University Law School.

On February 22, 2017, the CGCP held a Guiding Cases Seminar™ titled "Growing Significance of Cases in China: Implication...
04/17/2017

On February 22, 2017, the CGCP held a Guiding Cases Seminar™ titled "Growing Significance of Cases in China: Implications for Legal Education and Legal Practice" at American University Washington College of Law (“WCL”) in Washington, D.C. The seminar featured a keynote session and an interactive panel discussion, both of which were moderated by Dr. Mei Gechlik, founder and director of the CGCP. Full event summary in English and Chinese: http://stanford.io/2k6lnRz

On February 22, 2017, the CGCP held a Guiding Cases Seminar™ titled "Growing Significance of Cases in China: Implications for Legal Education and Legal Practice" at American University Washington College of Law (“WCL”) in Washington, D.C. The seminar featured a keynote session and an interactive panel discussion, both of which were moderated by Dr. Mei Gechlik, founder and director of the CGCP. Full event summary in English and Chinese: http://stanford.io/2k6lnRz

We're spotlighting some of the brilliant minds behind the CGCP:Ms. Jordan Corrente Beck is an Editor with the CGCP and p...
04/14/2017

We're spotlighting some of the brilliant minds behind the CGCP:

Ms. Jordan Corrente Beck is an Editor with the CGCP and previously served on-site as Project Manager, where she assisted with a number of broader initiatives, including successful proposals for inclusion in the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico City and the 2015 Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week co-organized by the World Bank Group and the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. Jordan is an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, where her practice focuses on cross-border transactions. She received her JD cm laude from the University of Michigan Law School and her BA from Vassar College. Jordan is a member of the New York Bar. Last November, Jordan presented at the Guiding Cases Seminar™ in Beijing along with fellow CGCP member Ke James Yuan. Their presentation is titled “China’s “Open Judiciary” Measures and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s Deference to China’s Interpretation of Its Own Laws: Implications for the Global Legal Practice.”

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The CGCP hosts a free, comprehensive online knowledge-base featuring two sets of bilingual products:
1. The Guiding Cases Series: Guiding Cases in Perspective™; Guiding Cases Analytics™; Guiding Cases Surveys™; Guiding Cases Seminars™.
2. The Belt and Road Series: B&R Cases™ and B&R Texts™

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Mission

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.

Brief History

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.

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