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RUC Experts Xie, Fu and Li Speaks at Sino-Japanese Criminal Law Seminar in Kyoto

On September 7 and 8, 2019, the 7th Sino-Japanese seminar on criminal law was successfully held at Kyoto University. Professor Xie Wangyuan, Professor Fu Liqing, and Dr. Li Lizhong, associate professor of Renmin University of China Law School attended the seminar.

In addition to representatives from Renmin University of China, scholars from other Chinese academic institutions including Tsinghua University and Peking University also attended this seminar. Japanese attendees include the Supreme Court Justice Atsushi Yamaguchi, and professors from the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Waseda University and other Japanese universities.

In the morning of September 7, Dr. Li Lizhong presented a report about the ¡°Identification of the Criminal Responsibility of the Mentally Retarded Patients¡±. This report showed that criminal jurisprudence in both China and Japan had not yet developed specific standards for the identification of the psychotic¡¯s criminal responsibility. He argued that there should be separate systems to evaluate mental patients¡¯ ability of cognition and their ability of self-control. To avoid possible misidentifications in the process, Dr. Li insisted that we shall give priority to assessing their ability of self-control. Based on his report, scholars went further to have a heated discussion on related issues such as whether the cognitive and volitional capacity should be judged together or separately; whether the criminal responsibility should be judged independently by the judge; the relationship among cognitive capacity, volitional capacity, intent, and negligence; the relationship between the possibility of illegal cognition and anticipated possibility. In the end, Chinese and Japanese scholars reached a consensus on the finality of legal judgment.

In the afternoon of September 7, Professor Xie Wangyuan and Professor Kai Katsu moderated the discussion on the second topic ¡°the Comparative Study of Legal Practice on the Crime of Bribery¡±. On September 8, Professor Fu Liqing and Professor Yoshihiro Matsubara moderated the discussion on the fourth topic ¡°the Comparative Study of Legal Practice on the Crime of Embezzlement¡±.

At the closing ceremony, Professor Xie Wangyuan delivered a speech on behalf of the Chinese scholars. Starting with a brief review of the history of Sino-Japanese criminal law exchanges, he spoke highly on the great achievements of the Sino-Japanese academic exchanges in criminal law over the past 30 years. He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University for organizing the seminar. Since the Research Center of Criminal Jurisprudence of Renmin University of China will host the 8th Sino-Japanese Seminar on Criminal Law, Professor Xie warmly invited Japanese scholars to attend the seminar in Beijing and to contribute their brilliant insights.

After the meeting, Professor Xie, Professor Fu and Dr. Li also had an in-depth conversation with exchange students from Renmin Law School who were currently studying in Japan, offering them detailed advice on their academic projects and daily lives in Japan.

Editor:£¨LI Yaoqi, MA Hang, ZHANG Xiaochen£©

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