Chinese Civil Justice, Past and Present

Chinese Civil Justice, Past and Present

by Philip C. C. Huang


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Chinese Civil Justice, Past and Present by Philip C. C. Huang

The culmination of twenty years of research, this essential book completes distinguished historian Philip C.C. Huang's pathbreaking trilogy on Chinese law and society from late imperial times to the present. The author argues that, despite formal adherence to Western law and legal theory, traditional Chinese judicial practices continue to flourish. Huang draws on a rich array of court records and field interviews to illustrate the surprising strength of traditional Chinese civil justice, as can be seen in societal and cadres mediation, and in court actions with respect to property rights, inheritance and old-age maintenance, and debts. Maoist justice too remains influential, especially its divorce and court mediation practices. Finally, despite the recent massive adoption of Western laws, legal reasoning employed in judicial practice has shown stunning continuity, with major implications for China's future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742567696
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2009
Series: Asia/Pacific/Perspectives Series
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Philip C. C. Huang is professor of history emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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