ONE of the aims of this book was to find out what has to be studied on the Chinese side before valid comparisons can be made between the Chinese and other systems of law, so that China’s place can be assessed in a typology of legal systems. Professor Gluckman has drawn attention to similarities between adat law in Indonesia and African customary law, 1 and I think that those who are familiar with the material on these two areas (and, I hope, others) will be struck at some points by parallels in China. The differences may be as instructive as the similarities.