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Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Interpretation of Law in China

Roots and Perspectives

In March 2009, the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague, together with the University of Zürich, organized a seminar on Chinese legal culture. As a follow up to this event the participants and other scholars from Europe, Asia, and North America contributed essays looking at Chinese law through a variety of lenses, from its historical roots to its modern reforms. Special attention is also paid here to the question of Westernization, the role of globalization in Chinese legal system, and the act of “translating” between western and Asian legal (and cultural) systems. A wide-ranging collection that contains various perspectives from leading experts in the field, Interpretation of Law in China is a remarkable feat of scholarship and essential reading for anyone interested in comparative, international, or Asian law.


201 pages | 6 7/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2011

Law and Legal Studies: International Law


Table of Contents

Introduction by the scientific editor
      Michael Tomášek

Justice, Benevolence, and Happiness: Encounter and Challenges in Global Legal Culture
      Hanne Petersen
Speculations on Law and Society in Modern China: An Essay
      Robert C. Berring
China’s Multiple Legal Traditions: An Overview
      Guido Mühlemann
Transformation through Transfer: Legal Developments at the End of the Qing Dynasty
      Florencia Benitez-Schaefer
East Asian Encounters with Western Law and the Emergence of East Asian Jurisprudence
      Chongko Choi
Stratagem Prevention Through Law in the People’s Republic of China: An Analysis
      Harro von Senger
Chinese Socialist Legal System: Evolution and Principal Features
      Bo Yin
Judicial Interpretation and the Envisaged Guiding Case Mechanism in Mainland China
      Jin Zhenbao
Lost in Translation: "Rule of guanxi", an Alternative to the Rule of Law?
      Li Ling
The Application of Sentence Suspension and Exemption for "Duty Offenses" in China
      Li Li/Wu Chonghao

Postface by the scientific reviewer
      Anton K. Schnyder

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