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The Chinese Legal System

Globalization and Local Legal Culture, 1st Edition

By Pitman B. Potter


272 pages

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The legal system of the People's Republic of China has seen significant changes since legal reforms began in 1978. At the end of the second decade of legal reform, law-making and institution-building have reached impressive levels. Understanding the operation and possible futures of law in the People's Republic of China requires an appreciation of the normative influences on the system, as well as an examination of how these norms have worked in practice.


'Will help the reader keep a cool head in the face of the political and legal changes China may undergo, … and to evaluate what this developing country - even as an active and well-intentioned member of the WTO - can and cannot achieve where legal reform is concerned.' - China Perspectives

'Highly recommended to those interested in the Chinese legal system, comparative law, and Chinese politics'

Table of Contents


1. Influences on the Legal System: Norms and Context

2. Legal Institutions

3. Contract Law

4. Property

5. Human Rights: Social Welfare and Social Control

6. Foreign Economic Relations

Conclusion: Prospects for China's Legal Reform Project

Appendix A: Table of Laws, Regulations and Treaties

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General