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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.


Administrative Law | Comparative and Foreign Law | Law


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