Guo Zhiyuan is a professor of Law at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, where she specializes in Criminal Procedure, Evidence, International Human Rights Law and Law and Society Studies. She is the Vice Dean of the College of Criminal Justice, Deputy Director of the Center for Criminal Law and Justice, CUPL, Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College, US and Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. Her research interests include Exclusionary Rules of Evidence, Plea Bargaining, Lay Participation, Effective Counsel, Criminal Mental Health Law and Anti-Corruption Policies in China.
Sungmoon Kim is a professor of political theory at the City University of Hong Kong, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy. He specializes in Confucian democratic and constitutional theory and East Asian political thought, and is the author of six books, including Confucian Constitutionalism: Dignity, Rights, and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2023), Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and Democracy After Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Susan Trevaskes is a professor of Chinese Studies at Griffith University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA). Her research includes the first books in English on criminal courts in contemporary China (2007), policing serious crime in China (2010), and death penalty reform in China (2012). Her co-edited volumes include The Politics of Law and Stability in China (2014), Legal Reforms and Deprivation of Liberty in Contemporary China (2016), Justice: the China Experience (2017) and The Party and the Law in China: Ideology and Organisation (2020). Her current Australian Research Council (ARC) project (with Delia Lin) is on Chinese governance in the Xi Jinping era.
Delia Lin is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is a Deputy Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies in Asia Institute. Delia’s research centres on discourse, ideology and social governance in a changing China. Her current Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation project (with Sue Trevaskes) focuses on ideology and education in Xi Jinping’s China. She is a Chief Investigator in two ARC projects, one on China’s governance revolution and the other on the nexus between elite and public opinions.
Rowan Callick OBE FAIIA is an Industry Fellow at Griffith University’s Asia Institute, and an expert associate at the Australian Security College at the Australian National University. He grew up in England, then managed a publishing group in Papua New Guinea for 10 years. He was China Correspondent for both The Australian Financial Review and for The Australian (twice), and Asia-Pacific Editor for each paper. He is an advisory board member of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations and of La Trobe: Asia. He won two Walkley Awards and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year, and received the OBE, commended by the PNG government. He has written three books on contemporary China, each published in English and Chinese, including “Party Time: Who Runs China and How” (titled by Palgrave Macmillan “The Party Forever: Inside China’s Modern Communist Elite”).
Samuli Seppänen is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include Chinese legal and political thought and developmental and China-related aspects of international law. He holds an S.J.D. degree from Harvard University and an LL.M. degree from the University of Helsinki.
Haig Patapan is Professor in the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University. His research interests are in democratic theory and practice, political philosophy, political leadership and comparative constitutionalism. His recent books include A Dangerous Passion (SUNY 2021) examining the importance of honour for political leaders and Modern Philosopher Kings: Wisdom and Power in Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2023), exploring modern attempts to resolve the enduring question of whether it is possible to combine wisdom and power to secure justice. Professor Patapan is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has received a number of awards, including an Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowship, a Senior Fulbright Scholarship at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship, the National University of Singapore, and most recently a Visiting Fellowship, Australian Center for Federalism, Australian National University.