Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Recent developments in the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union warrant a comparative study of the imposition of criminal liability for political dissent. In the Soviet Union, substantive changes in criminal dissent laws seem dramatic. In China, various doctrinal pronouncements may have a great effect on the application of such laws. This Note analyzes the similarities and differences in the current political imperatives of both nations in relation to their criminal laws, and attempts to discern possible future uses of criminal law as a means of suppressing political speech.