Modern Chinese Legal Reform: New Perspectives

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Xiaobing Li, Qiang Fang
University Press of Kentucky, 2013 - History - 284 pages
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China's rapid socioeconomic transformation of the past twenty years has led to dramatic changes in its judicial system and legal practices. As China becomes more powerful on the world stage, the global community has dedicated more resources and attention to understanding the country's evolving democratization, and policymakers have identified the development of civil liberties and long-term legal reforms as crucial for the nation's acceptance as a global partner.

Modern Chinese Legal Reform is designed as a legal and political research tool to help English-speaking scholars interpret the many recent changes to China's legal system. Investigating subjects such as constitutional history, the intersection of politics and law, democratization, civil legal practices, and judicial mechanisms, the essays in this volume situate current constitutional debates in the context of both the country's ideology and traditions and the wider global community.

Editors Xiaobing Li and Qiang Fang bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to provide a comprehensive and balanced look at a difficult subject. Featuring newly available official sources and interviews with Chinese administrators, judges, law-enforcement officers, and legal experts, this essential resource enables readers to view key events through the eyes of individuals who are intimately acquainted with the challenges and successes of the past twenty years.


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1 Chinese Media and the Rule of Law
2 Deviation in Legal Practice
3 The Dragons Tale
4 In Transformation toward SocioLegality with Chinese Characteristics
5 Labor Law Reforms
6 Adaptation to WTO Standards
7 The Death Penalty for Economic Crimes in Reformed China
8 Chinas Policies toward Illegal Drugs and Prostitution in the New Era
9 Legal Institution Building for the Rule of Law and Human Rights
10 Sound Is Better Than Silence

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About the author (2013)

Xiaobing Li is professor of history and director of the Western Pacific Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma and author or coauthor of several books, including Voices from the Vietnam War: Stories from American, Asian, and Russian Veterans.

Qiang Fang is assistant professor of East Asian history at the University of Minnesota--Duluth.

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