1st Edition

Mediation and Law in China I The Past, Present, and Future

By Liao Yong’an, Wang Cong Copyright 2023
    252 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the first volume of a two-volume set on mediation in China, this book examines the legal foundations of Chinese mediation and feasible paths to the institutionalization and professionalization of mediation.

    Grounded in traditional dispute resolution practices throughout Chinese history, mediation is born out of the Chinese legal tradition and considered to be “Eastern” in nature. The first volume discusses the legal principles that underpin mediation in China, rooted in a legal tradition that pursues the rule of law and morality as well as the concept of harmony in Chinese society. It first revisits traditional notions and models of Chinese mediation and then puts forward approaches to innovating the concept, institutionalization, and mechanism of mediation. The book also discusses how to promote professionalization and special legislation dedicated to mediation in China, thus establishing a mediation system that fits into and is properly tailored for Chinese society. It introduces diverse styles of mediation and social governance in different cultural contexts and demonstrates the effectiveness of China's experience in dealing with a litigious society.

    This title will serve as a crucial reference for scholars, students and related professionals interested in alternative dispute resolution, civil litigation, and especially China’s dispute resolution policy, law, and practice.

    1. Re-discovering of Legal Principles of Mediation in China  2. Transformation and Remolding of China’s Traditional Mediation Idea  3. New Ideas and New Thinking of China’s Modern Mediation  4. Transformation and Changes of Mediation Model in China  5. Road for Professionalization of Mediation in China  6. Practical Exploration of Mediation Procedural Prerequisite in China  7. Basic Conception for Formulation of Mediation Law in China  8. Structuring of Mediation Discourse System with Chinese Characteristic


    Liao Yong’an, Professor of Law School at Xiangtan University, China, and Vice President of China Civil Procedure Law Research Association. His main research interests are in dispute resolution and civil litigation.

    Wang Cong, Assistant Professor of Law School at Hunan University, China. His main research interests are in dispute resolution and civil litigation.