Chicago Journal of International Law

Article Title

China's Network Justice


The broader goal of this Article is to better understand the relationship between how a legal system functions and how judges communicate, both with each other and with other parties, including the media, the public, and political actors. Information transmission is an important but poorly understood part of any legal system. A precedent system, amid briefs, and the rules on ex parte contacts all serve to regulate how parties in a system communicate and what kind of information "counts." Media and political pressure cannot help but affect a legal system. In the words of Ethan Katsh, "Law is an organism whose lifeblood is information and media of communication are the veins and arteries." This Article is divided into three parts. Part I introduces theoretical background on the relationship between communications technologies and government and judicial behavior. Part II is a study of the Chinese judiciary. Part III discusses the relationship between speech and judicial legitimacy.