The ‘International Workshops on Discretionary Power and Law Enforcement in China and Beyond’ were organised by the Global China Studies of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and 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 took part in inspiring discussions on the theme.
The first workshop on 18 September focused on the study of discretionary power. Two scholars presented their latest research on street-level bureaucracy and Chengguan (Urban Management) in China. A member of the Hong Kong Police College then introduced the police discretion schemes of Hong Kong. The workshop ended with a presentation and discussion of the conceptualisation of street-level discretion. In the afternoon, the workshop participants visited the Hong Kong Police College (HKPC). Representatives from HKPC kindly introduced their training programmes and facilities to the visitors.
The second workshop on 21 September focused on law enforcement in China. Scholars discussed issues concerning Chengguan, sentencing disparities, organised crime and wrongful convictions. The presenters and participants engaged in in-depth discussions and shared their insights into these issues.
Cover: Scholars from Europe, Australia, mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong shared their views on the latest research on 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 participants engaged in in-depth discussions on the papers presented at the workshop conducted on the 21 September 2017.