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Law and Society in China

Vai I. Lo

Law and Society in China examines the interplay between law and society from imperial to present-day China. This synoptic book traces the developments of law in Chinese societies, investigates the role of law in social governance, and discusses China’s ongoing reforms towards the rule of law with Chinese characteristics. In fostering a comprehensive, rather than piecemeal and disconnected, understanding of the interaction between law and society in China, this book will reduce misconceptions about and enhance appreciation for Chinese law.
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Chapter 6: The ‘rule of law’ with Chinese characteristics

Vai I. Lo


Chapter 6 explores the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics. The chapter introduces the resolute call of the Chinese leaders to pursue the rule of law (including why it is important for China to become a rule-of-law country, what the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics is, and how the rule of law is to be achieved), outlines what has been done on China’s path to the rule of law (including organizational reforms, criminal justice reforms, judicial accountability, judicial independence, judicial competency, judicial transparency, people’s assessors and legal acculturation), and explores how China’s pursuit of the rule of law may inspire other countries.

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