Modern Chinese Court Buildings, Regime Legitimacy and the Public
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AbstractThis study investigates the interrelation of outer appearance and spatial configuration of modern Chinese court buildings with the party-state’s strategy of building regime legitimacy. The spatial element of this relation is explored in four different court buildings in Kunming, Chongqing, Shanghai and Xi’an. It is argued that court buildings contribute to the empowerment of individuals who appear as parties in trials. Courthouses also facilitate the courts’ function of exercising social control and the application of an instrumentalist approach to the principle of public trials. Both the grounding of court buildings in the past and their compliance with international models of a modern independent judiciary are aspects of consolidating regime legitimacy.
All Author(s) ListAhl B., Tieben H.
Journal nameInternational Journal for the Semiotics of Law
Detailed descriptionTo ORKTS: Affiliation of the non-cuhk author:
Prof. Bjorn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne, Germany
Year2015
Month9
Day4
Volume Number28
Issue Number3
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Pages603 - 626
ISSN0952-8059
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChinese architecture, Court buildings, Regime legitimacy, Rule of law

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