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Assessing Treaty Performance in China

Trade and Human Rights

This volume outlines a new approach for understanding China’s treaty performance around international standards on trade and human rights, using the paradigms of selective adaptation and institutional capacity. Selective adaptation reveals how local interpretation and implementation of international treaty standards are affected by normative perspectives derived from perception, complementarity, and legitimacy. Institutional capacity explains how operational dimensions of legal performance are affected by structural and relational dynamics of institutional purpose, location, orientation, and cohesion. The author also offers policy suggestions for more effective engagement with China on trade and human rights issues.

Table of Contents



1 Encounters with International Trade Standards: China and the WTO

2 Performance of International Trade Standards I: Contract Law in China

3 Performance of International Trade Standards II: Property Law in China

4 Encounters with International Human Rights Standards

5 Treaty Performance on Human Rights: Sustainability and Social Justice





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