The shift to the rule of law originated dynasties ago and evolved along China’s long history. We have witnessed the improvement of the legal system circling around a series of attempts to reform under the framework of a socialist China. The spirit of contract was established along with the words “freedom”, “democracy” and “equality”, and principles of lighter punishment, including respecting human rights, deciding one’s crime by the law, appropriate punishment according to one’s crimes and no punishment for doubtful crimes, encouraged every citizen who holds morality in their hearts and every law enthusiast who believes in law. The latest excitement in the rule of law was aroused by the goal of reform proposed at the Fourth Plenary Session of the Communist Party of China: “implement the rule of law in nation governing and build a socialist country under the rule of law”. The release of the Criminal Law Amendment (9) was also refreshing. Just as Lang Shen, Deputy Director of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples’ Congress, said at the press conference after the approval of the amendment, “this is a major revision of the Criminal Law and reflects the changes after the Third and Fourth Plenary Session as well as the institutional reform of the justice system. Experiences from judicial practice were also considered.”
Law evolves and it never agrees. No written law can get rid of the ever-changing life: flip-flop of the law is not good, but a law that never changes will be abandoned by the time. Through the cold legal clauses or even esoteric system designs and measurements, as long as you rest in between the lines and listen to the telling of the law, you will be surprised to find justice within. Diverse and open-ended meanings hide under the cloak of flat statements, and you will be able to find the allocation of rights and obligations of citizens and public control of the country, as well as to observe the meaning of the text from its purpose and debate its actual meaning in silent texts.
Law is not only a system that attracts legal enthusiasts, it is also the platform for every citizen who love freedom and equality, who fought for private rights, who stood against the public power. We celebrate that we were born at the right time that we could work together with family and friends who believe in the rule of law as well as democracy. We also celebrate our births in diverse and different social communities, our chance to look up to the sky and observe through the lens of morality. IMUNC 2016 will release the all-new Legal Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples’ Congress and will refocus on the closed-door discussion introduced in version 1.2. We will find the balance between resemblance to the real world and the experience of starting. It will jump out of the limitation of notes and expand our conference to phases of the pre-trial conference in the form of amending the law on possible legislative proposals and discussions. The selection of topics follow the latest events and we take many factors into consideration. Please find them at imunc.info. We will discuss the inclusion of “crying for help” at hospitals into the Criminal Law system and the flaws of lawmaking in accordance to the meaning of the rule of law.