In October 2008, Stephen Yao, talked about the evolution of the Chinese legal System. During the Cultural Revolution, for ten years, China had no law or legal system. Then in 1979, Deng Xiaoping initiated the “Open Market Policy”.
Law schools, the ministry of justice and legal services were started in the early 1980s. Another milestone was in 2001, after China joined the WTO (World Trade Organization). The economic changes were taking place faster than the legal system was developing.
In 2008, the Chinese legal system had the minimum standards as recognized by the WTO.
In the video, Stephen Yao displays a chart for China’s Legal System and explains briefly what it means. The second slide shows China’s legal market overview and the multilayered legal structure.
Yao says that the death penalty must be referred to China’s higher court and the lower courts do not have the power to apply the death penalty.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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