By Wang Feng 王峰, 21 Century Business Herald 21世纪经济报道, February 5, 2013
Interview with Guo Daohui, who served as the Assistant Head of the NPC Legal Committee Research Office, Director of the China Law Society’s research department, and Chief Editor of “China Law” in the 1980s. The article comes in the wake of a significant amount of discussion concerning the Chinese constitution, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, sparking responses from the State Council’s Legal Office, the China Law Society, the Chinese Academy of Social Science’s Legal Studies Department, and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping. Guo calls for a constitutional evaluation system (违宪审查制度). Systems such as Re-Education through Labor should have been abolished long ago, Guo argues. Guo believes that the current constitution deals reasonably with social organizations, but emphasizes the need to implement the constitution’s laws. He also points out that the constitution states that courts are independent from the meddling of any government units, organizations, or individuals.