Title:   China's Legal System in Historical Perspective

Speaker:   James V. Feinerman (Georgetown University)


  1. Distinction between "ritual" ( ) and "law" (  ) in theory and practice
  2. Nature and development of dynastic legal codes
  3. Contrasts and conflicts with European views and practice of law
  4. Extra-governmental legal actors:  guilds, clans, and mediators
  5. Overview of China's constitutions ( xiÓn ) in the 20th century
  6. Hierarchy of today's court system   


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  1. Head, John W. and Yanping Wang.  Law Codes in Dynastic China: A Synopsis of Chinese Legal History in the Thirty Centuries from Zhou to Qing (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2005)


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