Understanding the PRC legal system is increasingly important as China rises to prominence in the world. In this compelling analysis, noted legal scholar Pitman Potter examines the ideals and practices of China s legal regime, in light of international standards and local conditions. Against a rich historical backdrop, Potter explains how China s legal system supports three key policy objectives; namely, political stability, economic prosperity, and social development. In exploring these competing policy goals and the tensions between them, he also raises fundamental questions about government expectations of the role of law in regulating local and international socio–economic and political relationships.
This wide–ranging and readable introduction will be an invaluable guide for students and non–specialists interested in China s ongoing process of legal modernization.
1: Development of the Socialist Legal System
2: Political Stability
3: Economic Prosperity
4: Social Development
5: International Engagement
Albert H.Y. Chen, University of Hong Kong
. "Potter's acute insights into the normative and structural underpinnings of China's legal system are on display in this new text. By placing an examination of law in its political, economic and social contexts, this text provides the tools necessary for a critical evaluation of legal reforms."
Sarah Biddulph, University of Melbourne. . "A thought–provoking discussion of the role of law in a dynamic and changing society."