Glenn D. Tiffert is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of California at Berkeley whose research focuses on twentieth century China, particularly its legal history. He has written on issues related to Chinese constitutionalism, criminal law, international law, judicial independence and judicial training, and is currently completing a history of the early PRC judicial system as experienced through the courts of revolutionary Beijing.

Last Updated: May 2, 2014

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Chinese Law: Using the Past to Escape the Present

Glenn D. Tiffert
Amid the skyscrapers, bullet trains and brio of contemporary China, the Mao era may seem remote. Discussions of Chinese law, for instance, typically consign it to a squib if they acknowledge it at all. But this is a grave mistake. Legal reformers...