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1. Historical Development

Legislation as a legal regulatory tool of the state has emerged in China early on. According to the Zuozhuan (4th century BCE), legislative clauses were engraved in bronze vessels in the state of Zheng in 535 BCE. The annals of the Jin dynasty, which were compiled roughly 1000 years after that period during the early Tang dynasty, state that in 400 BCE the legal work of Li Kui (Fajing) followed; however, only chapter titles of this bo…

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Heuser, Robert, “Legislation”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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