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Modernisation, Westernisation, and Globalisation: Legal Transplant in China

  • Jianfu Chen

China has a long history with its own unique ‘legal culture’ and conception of law. Yet, for the whole of the twentieth century, the development of Chinese law and legal science was a process of learning from, making use of, absorbing and digesting, foreign experiences. As far as legal institutions, principles and terminologies in the contemporary legal system in China are concerned, almost all were transplanted from foreign countries, though China's own situation was considered. In fact, foreign laws are now an indispensable part of the main body of modern Chinese law. (He and Li (2003))

In other words, the modern evolution of Chinese law is largely a process of legal transplantation in the name of modernisation.

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Legal System Civil Code Legal Reform International Practice Socialist Market Economy 
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  • Jianfu Chen
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  1. 1.Head of School, School of LawLa Trobe University MelbourneVICAustralia

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