Resolving Mass Disputes

Resolving Mass Disputes

ADR and Settlement of Mass Claims

Edited by Christopher Hodges and Astrid Stadler

The landscape of mass litigation in Europe has changed impressively in recent years, and collective redress litigation has proved a popular topic. Although much of the literature focuses on the political context, contentious litigation, or how to handle cross-border multi-party cases, this book has a different focus and a fresh approach.

Chapter 9: The legislation and judicial practice of China’s group action

Zhang Wusheng and Liao Haiqing

Subjects: economics and finance, law and economics, law - academic, arbitration and dispute resolution, comparative law, consumer law, law and economics, law and society


The Civil Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China (CPL) promulgated in 1991 and revised in 2007 and 2012, established for the first time a system of representative proceedings (perceived as a group action system), which has remained in use. Article 53 of CPL provides that: If the persons comprising a party to a joint action are large in number, the party may elect representatives from among themselves to act for them in the litigation. The acts of such representatives in the litigation shall be valid for the party they represent. However, modification or waiver of claims or admission of the claims of the other party or pursuing a compromise with the other party by the representatives shall be subject to the consent of the party they represent.

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