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May 30th, 2008
The People's Court
Timeline: China's Legal System

Communist China is moving towards the rule of law. But how did it happen? What systems and traditions shaped this country before the turmoils of the 20th century? And how did the reform process unfold, step by step, after Mao’s death? Explore our timeline to discover the intricate history behind China’s current legal transformation.

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CIA World Factbook; Library of Congress Country Study/Area Handbook; “The Role of Law in China’s Economic Development” (2006); BBC; Asia Week; China’s Long March toward Rule of Law (Randall Peerenboom, 2002); The Great Qing Code.

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