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261.8 sec. 1 - Chinese Law and Legal Institutions (Spring 2012)
"Examining the Role of Law in Modern Chinese Society"

Instructor: Alex Wang  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: TuTh 3:35-4:50
Meeting Location: 130

Course Start: January 10, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51251 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49840


The 21st century has been called the Chinese Century. China’s influence in a wide range of areas political, economic, and social has grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades. The study of Chinese law and legal institutions offers a unique perspective through which to assess these developments. This course will provide an overview of a wide range of topics in Chinese law including development of courts and the legal profession, commercial and corporate law, environmental law, access to justice, administrative law, constitutional law, human rights, criminal law and procedure, and China’s engagement with public international law. The course will also touch on China’s use of mechanisms for regulation and dispute resolution that do not fall within the traditional ambit of formal law. Underlying questions of this course will be: What is the role of law in Chinese society? Is China engaged in a “long march” toward the rule of law, or is it developing a form of governance uniquely its own?

As China's global engagement increases, legal issues concerning China are increasingly common in a variety of U.S. and international work settings, including business, government, and non-governmental contexts. This course will be of interest to students seeking an introduction to how law works in China or looking to better understand the impact that Chinese legal issues may have on matters of international and U.S. domestic concern.

The professor for this course previously worked in China on legal development and environmental matters for nearly seven years, and has been engaged with China since the early 1990s.

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Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Business Law

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