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Dewen Cheng Associate Professor

Academic Area: 
Criminal procedure law
Research Interests: 
  • Evidence law
  • Criminal justice system

Mr. Cheng Dewen is an associate professor of law at Law School of Nanjing Normal University(NNU) , concurrent researcher of Empirical Legal Research Center of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), deputy director of the Modern Judicial Research Center of NNU. Professor Cheng teaches criminal procedure law, evidence law, and criminal justice system. He received his Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in jurisprudence from NNU respectively in 1995 and 2003. In 1999 , he researched the law of criminal procedure and evidence law as a visiting scholar at CUPL. In 2004 he became a postdoctoral fellow of CUPL, where he conducted researches on criminal interrogation procedure and criminal jury system until 2007.



LL. M. in Jurisprudence, Nanjing Normal University, 1995.

Title of the Thesis: Legal Modernization of China and Its Legal Tradition

Ph.D. in Jurisprudence, Nanjing Normal University, 2003.

Title of the Thesis: On Habermas’ Discourse Theory of Law

Post-doctorate in Procedural Law, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), 2004-2007.

Title of the Postdoctoral Research Report: Comparative Criminal Jury System




Criminal procedure; judicial reform; evidence law; interdisciplinary research, especially between legal theory and criminal justice; comparative law.




1.        “Of the Value of Criminal Procedure Law”, Supported by the Youth Funds of Nanjing Normal University in 1999.

2.        “Reform and Improvement of Chinese Jury System”, Supported by the Funds of the Philosophical and Humanity of Colleges and Universities in Jiangsu Province in 2003.

3.        “Legal Professionalism and Judicial Modernization”, Supported by the Funds of Legal Theory and Legal Construction of Justice Department of P.R.C. In 2004.

4.        “Criminal Non-Prosecution and Criminal Policy”, Supported by the Funds of Jiangsu Program of Philosophy and Social Science in 2006.

5.        “Empirical Research on the Assessment of Needs of Community Correction of China”, Appointed by Department of Justice of Jiangsu Province in 2012.

6.        “Proof of Personal Danger in Criminal procedure”,Supported by the Funds of Procuratorial Theory Research of The Supreme People's Procuratorate in 2013.



Cheng Dewen(2013,Chief Editor),

Cheng Dewen(2012),Toward a Proceduralist Paradigm of Law:On Habermas’ Shift Theory of Legal Paradigm, 6 Journal of Nanjing Normal University(Social Science Edition) .

Cheng Dewen(2010),“Reconstruction of Sentencing Procedure In China”, in On Standardization of Sentence,Liu yuan et al.( eds.), Beijing: Chinese People’s Security University Press.

Cheng Dewen(2008)“On Professionalism of Public Prosecutor In China”,in VOL.12 Procuratorial Forum, Beijing: Law House Press,2008.

Cheng Dewen(2008), “Procuratorial System In Germany”, in Procuratorial System of Outside of China, Fan Chongyi et al.( Chief Editor), Beijing: Chinese People’s Security University Press.

Cheng Dewen(2007),Establishing A System of Lawyer-on-Site,Audio-Recording and Video-Recording For the Interrogation of Suspects (unit of Baiying,Gansu Province),in Positive Research on Interrogation Procedure Reform,Lawyers-on-Site,Recording and at Interrogation Pilot,Fan Chongyi & Gu Yongzhong( Chief Editor), Beijing: Chinese People’s Security University Press.

Cheng Dewen(2007), “The Principle of Discourse and the Logical Origin of Rights, Interpretations of Habermas’ Theory of Legal Legality”,in Vol.11 The Study on Legal System Modernization, Gong Pixiang (Chief Editor), Nanjing: Nanjing Normal University Press.

Cheng Dewen(2007), “Presumption of Innocence and Allocation of Burden of Proof” ,Jinling Law Review (Spring).

Cheng Dewen(2007), “Formal Reason and the Fact-Finding in Criminal Procedure”,6 Study and Exploration .

Cheng Dewen(2006), “On Rationality Of Modern Judicature from the View of Habermas’ Discourse Theory of Law”, Jinling Law Review (Autumn).

Cheng Dewen(2006), “On the Role of Public Prosecutor in German Criminal Justice”,4 Journal of National Prosecutors College .

Cheng Dewen(2006), “Improvement of the system of witness’s appearance in court” , Feb.13 Legal Daily(Fazhi Ribao).

Cheng Dewen(2004), “On the motivation and rationality of Reviving criminal jury system in Japan”, 5 Journal of Nanjing Normal University(Social Science Edition) .

Cheng Dewen(2004), “Factility and Validity: Reconstruction of Modern Law and Its Method, On the Legal Method of Habermas”, 3 Study and Exploration .

Cheng Dewen(2001), “From Autocracy and Rule of Man to Democracy and rule of law :On the Changes  Of Constitution and Its Significances in Modern China”, 3 Journal of Nanjing Chemical Industry University(Social Science Edition) .

Cheng Dewen(2000), “On Reform and Its Perspectives Of Jury System In China”, 3 Journal of Nanjing Normal University(Social Science Edition) .

Cheng Dewen (1999,Chief Editor), “Chinese Criminal Procedure”, Nanjing: Nanjing Normal University Press.