Fordham Law

Daniel Capra Visits China to Discuss Pioneering Book on Fourth Amendment Cases

December 16, 2009

Philip D. Reed Professor Daniel Capra served as keynote speaker at a conference on reform of China's laws on search and seizure.  The conference featured Capra's recently published book, Great Cases of Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence, written exclusively for Chinese legal practitioners, scholars, and lawmakers. His book is the first ever published in China to deal with Fourth Amendment law.


"China has no constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and officials there are just beginning to regulate police misconduct," said Capra. "This book explains U.S. cases in Fourth Amendment law for Chinese lawmakers, so it will be helpful as they continue to develop the rule of law in China."

More than 150 people—including top criminal procedure scholars, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police officials, and professors from around China—attended the conference, held in Beijing. Capra signed copies of his book after the conference concluded.

The book was translated into Mandarin by Wu Hongyao, a Professor at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and a former Visiting Scholar at Fordham Law. Professor Wu also helped secure a grant from the Ford Foundation for the book's publication.

 Professor Capra with Professor Wu Hongyao

In addition to the conference, Capra taught a class on the exclusionary rule to graduate students at CUPL.


Contact: Stephen Eichinger