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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Sunday, December 31, 2006

China Law and Governance Review resumes publication

Here is a letter from the editor:

Dear Friend,

We are resuming publication of China Law and Governance Review.

As a keen observer of China, we think that you will find the China Law and Governance Review different from other publications.  The Review is not a news-clipping service or a bulletin of recent developments.  We aim to examine and highlight some of the most interesting stories and compelling commentaries in the Chinese press, particularly in the areas of legal system development and governance.  These accounts and commentaries reflect the complex, dynamic and seemingly contradictory realities of a country that is neither the authoritarian state nor the new frontier of capitalism that many abroad perceive it to be.  We hope to stimulate discussion among our readership by offering value-added analysis, summaries, excerpts and background information to these news accounts and commentaries.   

To view the current and past issues of the China Law and Governance Review, please go to

To give you an idea of what the Review covers, here is the Table of Contents for the current issue:

Main Feature

Secured Transactions Law Reform in China

Key stakeholders in China work with the World Bank and People’s Bank of China to undertake legal and institutional changes to improve access to credit for Chinese businesses. 

Legal Reform   

Returning Death Penalty Review to the Supreme People’s Court: How will the Court Staff the New Death Penalty Review Divisions?

The Supreme People’s Court is reinstating its full authority to review death penalty sentences. Three new criminal divisions will require a large number of new judges.

Case File      

Voices Against Discrimination

An update of recent cases and developments in Hepatitis B Virus status, gender, residency and place of origin-based discrimination.

Heard on the Web    

Beijing Police Abandons Quota

The quota system for traffic fines and criminal arrests in Beijing has officially ended.  Most bloggers applaud the move and offer some interesting twists of their own.

The Review is a publication of China Law and Development Consultants, a Hong Kong firm specializing in non-profit development work in China. 

We welcome your feedback.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at

Best wishes for the New Year!

Ms. Su Lin Han, Editor
Ms. Phyllis L. Chang, President, China Law and Development Consultant
Ms. Stephanie Fischer, Contributing Editor

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