China Guiding Cases Project

In late 2010, 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”; http://cgc.law.stanford.edu) to enable legal actors and other stakeholders to contribute to the evolution of Chinese jurisprudence. The CGCP team has since grown to nearly 200 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 20,000 unique users and 200,000 page views. The CGCP’s work has been presented and commended at the World Bank Group’s Law, Justice and Development Week, the Open Government Partnership Global Summit, and the U.S.-China Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights.

To watch the CGCP video, please visit http://cgc.law.stanford.edu

Mission

The CGCP aims to advance the understanding of Chinese law associated with guiding cases 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.

For more information on the CGCP’s mission, vision, and achievements, please visit https://cgc.law.stanford.edu/mission/

The Team

China Guiding Cases Project Team Photo

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.