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Jurisprudence, not only as the art of legislation and law execution but also as a reflection on the meaning and the use of criminal law and other social norms (li,legal tradition), has become relevant since approximately 500 BCE. Li Kui, an official in the state of Wei and the "founding father of Chinese jurisprudence", allegedly compared and systematized the law of six states around 400 BCE and subsequently compiled the Fajing (Canon of Law). The minister and state philosopher Shang Yang wrote a penal and administrative law treatise for the state of Qin in 350 BCE, …

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Heuser, Robert, “Jurisprudence”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 30 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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