Rule of Law in China: Historical, Cultural, and Comparative Analysis Based on World Justice Project Data by Professor Jeffrey E. Thomas (Associate Dean for International Affairs, Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Scholar, Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law)

Recent amendments to the Chinese Constitution have heightened concerns about rule of law in China. This presentation will use World Justice Project data to assess China’s progress towards rule of law in the context of Chinese culture and in comparison to Russia. While significant progress has been made in China, which in general has stronger rule of law scores than Russia on the factors used by the World Justice Project, Chinese culture is a major impediment to Western-style rule of law. In Chinese culture, the populace has high tolerance for centralized power and generally puts community ahead of individual rights. Consequently, even though China is more law-oriented than it has been in the recent past, from a Western perspective this tends to be more rule by law than rule of law. However, Chinese culture has a very long-term orientation, so while progress may seem slow, it is possible that someday China will achieve rule of law. FULL DETAILS