In late 2010, as a judicial reform measure, the Supreme People’s Court of China (“SPC”) established a ground-breaking system in which certain Chinese court judgments are selected and re-issued as de facto binding Guiding Cases (“GCs”) to guide the adjudication of subsequent similar cases and ensure the uniform application of law. Immediately thereafter, Dr. Mei Gechlik founded the China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”; https://cgc.law.stanford.edu) to enable judges and legal experts to contribute to the evolution of Chinese jurisprudence. The CGCP team has grown to include over 150 law students, lawyers, and translation professionals working across the globe, and is advised by more than 40 distinguished experts, including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and the SPC. The CGCP has become the premier source of translations and analyses of GCs and related information and its website has attracted approximately 15,000 unique users and 100,000 page views. The CGCP’s work has been presented and commended at the U.S.-China Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights and institutions such as Oxford and Princeton universities.
The CGCP aims to advance the understanding of Chinese law associated with GCs and help to develop a more transparent and independent judiciary in China by engaging experts around the world to contribute to a unique knowledge-base, undertaking capacity-building activities for legal actors, and promoting public education and participation.
The CGCP was founded and is led by Dr. Mei Gechlik. The achievements of the CGCP were shared at the U.S.- China Dialogue on the Rule of Law in September 2013 and at various academic institutions, including Oxford and Princeton. In addition to a team of more than 100 volunteers around the world, the CGCP is supported by approximately 40 advisors, including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court, China’s Supreme People’s Court, supreme or high courts in other jurisdictions, and leading China law scholars inside and outside of China.