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.

chapter |3 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Influences on the legal system

Norms and context

chapter 2|22 pages

Legal institutions

chapter 3|18 pages

Contract law

chapter 4|35 pages


chapter 5|18 pages

Human rights

Social welfare and social control

chapter 6|27 pages

Foreign economic Rrlations