Law 636 - Chinese Law & Legal Institutions
J.D. New York University School of Law, 2000
Over the last 35 years, China has embarked on an unprecedented effort to build a legal system and a cadre of lawyers, judges, and law professors essentially from scratch. The progress of that effort to build a “socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics” is of tremendous significance not only to China’s 1.4 billion citizens, but also to the rest of the world as China continues its rapid economic and social integration into the international community.
Students will increasingly come into contact with issues related to China during the course of their careers, whether they are engaged in business, regulation, policymaking, or advocacy. This course is intended to expose students to central themes in the study of Chinese law, and help students to understand the key differences between the US and Chinese legal regimes.
The course will include lecture, guest speakers, and class discussion. The grade for the course will be based on short response papers, and a final scholarly paper.
Prior knowledge of the Chinese legal system is not required. This course can satisfy the SAW requirement.
1. Understand Chinese law and legal institutions and current debates on authoritarian governance systems.
2. Develop skills for comparative analysis of Chinese and US law and legal institutions.
3. Gain familiarity with Chinese law in a range of doctrinal areas, including criminal law, foreign investment, environmental law, and human rights.