Fundamental Legal Documents of Communist China

Fundamental Legal Documents of Communist China

Fundamental Legal Documents of Communist China

Fundamental Legal Documents of Communist China

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This is a collection of the fundamental laws of the People's Republic of China -- the laws which since 1949 have governed one-fourth of the world's population.

It is no easy task to explain the law of Communist China. Nor is this volume an attempt to do so. For despite the magnitude of the population involved, despite the already significant passage of years and despite the evergrowing interest in comparative legal research, the Western world still knows very little about the legal order behind the Bamboo Curtain. It is only now that systematic studies are being made. And, coincidentally, these studies are being undertaken at a time when it is increasingly difficult to obtain official source materials from the Chinese mainland.

Even more significant than the unavailability of these Chinese legal materials, however, is the known scarcity of Chinese law itself. The People's Republic of China possesses neither a civil code nor a criminal code, and certainly nothing resembling a case law system in the Anglo-American pattern.

But China does have a body of fundamental laws. And no study of the Communist Chinese legal order can be undertaken without a careful examination of the nature . . .

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