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Legal Tradition
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For approximately one century, the Chinese legal tradition, i.e. the sum of all moral concepts, norms, institutions, procedural rules, and behavioral patterns in Chinese society, has been in transition from a "traditional" existence that as been developed and maintained for over 2000 years towards a "modern" existence. The current "specifically Chinese socialist legal system", as it is official…

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Heuser, Robert, “Legal Tradition”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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