International Workshops on Discretionary Power and Law Enforcement in China and Beyond

Event Recap

Organised by Global China Studies of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the “International Workshops on Discretionary Power and Law Enforcement in China and beyond” were held at City University of Hong Kong on 18 and 21 September. Scholars from Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the United States, mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong joined the workshops and have inspiring discussion on the theme.

The first workshop on 18 September focused on the study of discretionary power. Two scholars first presented their latest researches on the street-level bureaucracy and Chengguan (Urban Management) in China. Then a staff from Hong Kong Police College introduced the police discretion schemes in Hong Kong. The workshop ended with a presentation and discussion of the conceptualisation of street-level discretion. In the afternoon, participants in the workshop paid a visit to the Hong Kong Police College. Representatives from the Police College kindly introduced their training programmes and facilities to the visitors.

The second workshop on 21 September discussed law enforcement in China. Scholars talked about issues concerning Chengguan, sentencing disparities, organised crime, and wrongful convictions. The presenters and discussants engaged in in-depth discussion and shared their insightful views on these issues.


Photo 1: Scholars from Europe, Australia, mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong shared their views on the latest research about discretionary power at the workshop held on 18 September 2017.


Photo 2: Representatives from the Hong Kong Police College introduced their facilities to the workshop participants during their visit to the College.


Photo 3: Authors and discussants engaged in in-depth discussion on each of the papers presented at the workshop held on 21 September 2017.