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Chinese Law (deLisle)

Spring 2024   LAW 643-001  

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Jacques deLisle

Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for East Asian Studies

Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
MW 3:00PM - 4:20PM
Tanenbaum Hall 345



Chinese law has undergone profound transformations during the Reform Era that began in 1978. In some respects, the last decade has brought a distinct and significant new round of changes. This course begins with background sessions that look at a few cases from across a long stretch of Chinese legal history, analytical frameworks for understanding why Chinese law is the way it is (a bit of comparative law “theory”), and a brief overview of the political and institutional contexts of contemporary Chinese law. The bulk of the course focuses on selected topics in contemporary Chinese law. These broadly track Chinese versions of areas of law that are at the core of US and other Western legal systems—and contemporary China’s as well—and that are mostly covered in the first-year law school curriculum: criminal law, contracts, torts, property, courts and adjudication (akin to civil procedure), and constitutional law and legal mechanisms of government accountability (including principally administrative law). We will spend approximately two weeks on each of these areas (some less, some a bit more).

Course Concentrations

International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.