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China's Plan to ‘Rank’ Lawyers Faces Criticism

China has drawn international criticism over a crackdown on human rights lawyers this year, and there are reports that authorities may be planning even broader restrictions over the legal profession. Remin University law professor Chen Weidong, who has helped draft legislation including amendments to China’s criminal law, said authorities may soon launch a mechanism to grade lawyers, allowing local justice bureaus to rank lawyers by seniority and restrict key cases to those of a certain...

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