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In this talk I intend to summarize major accomplishments of Chinese law reform since 1978; and speculate on the future of Chinese law reform

  • In the course of this talk, I will note where China began when legal reform was first undertaken in 1979, and the enormous size and scope of the task that was undertaken.
  • I hope to give an indication both of the progress China has made, and of major obstacles to future reforms;
  • I have chosen one area to emphasize because it may light the way for further meaningful reforms: administrative law
  • I have also noted influences on future reforms that may come from outside China, especially the WTO, and also from foreign governments, NGOs and businesses.


SBL Talk, Merton College, Oxford October 20, 2004.