Hague Journal on the Rule of Law

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 341–364 | Cite as

The Rule of Law Experiment in China’s Pilot Free Trade Zones: The Problems and Prospects of Introducing Hong Kong Law into Guangdong

  • Zuozhen Liu
  • Jiannan Li


This article introduces China’s pilot free trade zone strategy and its influence on the rule of law, focusing on the Guangdong pilot free trade zone. Viewed as a new round of opening up and reforms, China’s pilot free trade zones are designed to test rules included in the new round of regional negotiations of investment and trade treaties. The practices of China’s pilot free trade zones are expected to improve the rule of law of the country. The Guangdong pilot free trade zone has been striving to draw on experiences from Hong Kong to improve the rule of law. This article explores how Hong Kong laws and legal experiences have been introduced into the Guangdong pilot free trade zone and the extent to which they will affect the rule of law on the mainland and the interregional conflict of law.


Pilot free trade zone Legal transplant The rule of law “One country, two systems” Interregional conflict of law 



The authors are grateful for the comments of Inge van der Vlies and Bill Fearnow. Funding was provided by Guangdong Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science (Grant No. GD16CFX0) and also Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee (Standing Committee of NPC) (Grant No. JBF2014/10).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Guangdong Academy of Social SciencesGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Faculty of LawJinan UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Research Institute of China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade ZoneJinan UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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