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Comparative Law: China

China's efforts to build a legal system represents the most extensive such undertaking in world history. Over the past quarter century, the number of lawyers in China has grown from 3000 (most with a Soviet-style education) to more than 150,000 today. Similar growth has taken place in the court system, the legislative process, legal education, and many other areas of the legal system. These efforts raise fundamental questions not only about a country that represents one-fifth of the human race, but also about the very role of law itself. This course explores the role of law in contemporary China from a historical and comparative perspective. It starts with a review of China's traditional legal order and the historical influences on China's legal institutions, formal and informal - all in a comparative setting. It then considers the experience of Sino-Western legal interactions and asks how legal concepts get transmitted across national and cultural boundaries. The rest (and majority) of the course focuses on China¿s legal reforms since 1978, examining key legal institutions, as well as substantive areas of Chinese law, including civil and criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, and economic and financial law. Evaluation: Research paper, reaction papers, and class participation. Teaching Method: Some lecture and discussion Prerequisites: None Text: Reading materials assigned by professor in class


Catalog Number: CONPUB 668
Practice Areas: Comparative Law Practice Area
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class ,  3 draft degree req may be met with class ,  Consult Professor about writing requirements


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Comparative Law: China
Faculty: Lepp, Alan W.
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25



Spring 2013
Title: Comparative Law: China
Faculty: Lepp, Alan W.
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 0



Spring 2012
Title: Comparative Law: China
Faculty: Lepp, Alan W.
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 0



Spring 2011
Title: Comparative Law: China
Faculty: Lepp, Alan W.
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 17