Renmin Chinese Law Review
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Renmin Chinese Law Review

Selected Papers of The Jurist (法学家), Volume 1

Edited by Jichun Shi

Renmin Chinese Law Review, Vol. 1 is the first work in a series of annual volumes on contemporary Chinese law, which bring together the work of recognised scholars from China, offering a window on current legal research in China.
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Chapter 11: Judiciary strategy for historical problems originating from the reform of Corporate Share institutions

Selected Papers of The Jurist (法学家), Volume 1

Dong Chun’e


Evasion of law is a common phenomenon in market practice, especially in the course of China’s economic system reform as the market institutions are still unstable and may change frequently. Problems related to evasion of law have also become more serious because of the lack of strict legal supervision. From the view of normative analysis, the legal effect of evasion of law should be negative as the intention of the actors is to escape legal restraints. In the past, many cases in China have suggested that courts will not deny all the effects of the evasion of law, but on the contrary, may take more flexible measures to resolve many of the cases because they consider this illegal behavior to be a kind of ‘historical problem’ that originated from the imperfections of institutions still very much under development. Due to the tolerant attitude of the courts, many of those actors who evade laws have not been punished at all and will even gain benefit by engaging in illegal activities. This kind of unusual phenomenon reveals there is a paradox between normative legal provision and positive legal practice. And behind this paradox, there may be certain special facts and reasons that support the courts’ tolerance.

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