Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2009

Corruption in China: half-way over the Great Wall

Keith Henderson

April 2007

Academy of Political Science


The legal-judicial transformation taking place behind China’s Great Wall outpaces most other developing and transitional countries, but is reaching a critical crossroads. If the pace of judicial reform is maintained and implemented, it has the potential to impact on China and the world’s future as much as the economic reforms of the last two decades, if not more so. The judicial system is emerging as a key institution in the reform process, and key decisions related to judicial independence in coming years will largely determine China’s stature and place within the global community, and the government’s relationship with its citizens.