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Constitutional Law
(3,374 words)

1. Historical Development

The idea that China should also have a law to regulate the establishment and functioning of government bodies as well as the position of citizens was first voiced by politicians and publicists during the reform efforts of the late Qing period (i.e. during the first decade of the 20th century). Empress Dowager Cixi, who was ruling instead of the Guangxu Emperor, pretended to have the intention of …

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Heuser, Robert, “Constitutional Law”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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