In the past, most observers have viewed China’s Constitution as largely irrelevant to concrete legal and policy issues in China. However, recent developments indicate that the Chinese Constitution is becoming more significant in legal reform and is also drawing more attention to broader civil rights protections in China. Though still a sensitive topic in China, discussions about constitutionalism and constitutional review are at an important crossroads. Even in the absence of institutions to enforce constitutional requirements, constitutionalism is developing in China largely through the emergence of popular support for it and through the invocation of China’s Constitution in policy and legal argument.
The Center’s continuing work on judicial review, courts, the media and public opinion, and public interest law has created new opportunities to contribute to emerging reforms in the area of constitutional law and constitutional review.
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