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An American in China

China and Her Legal System

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 30, 2011

Gtom China’s Long March toward Rule of Law-new (Randall Peerenboom)

Complicating the task of legal reformers who wish to establish rule of law in China, law has always been held in low esteem as a means of achieving social order. The lack of respect for law is no doubt due to various factors. In traditions where law is the product of a divine lawmaker or grounded in a transcendent religious order, law is (allegedly) sacrosanct. The lack of a divine origin for law in China may explain in part law’s lowly status.73

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