Friday, February 24, 2006
The following is from Prof. Pat Randolph of the University of Missouri at Kansas City regarding the Edgar Snow Scholarship, a fellowship that pays for three years of tuition and most living expenses in the JD program at UMKC.
The University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Law (UMKC) is pleased to announce this year's competition for the Edgar Snow Scholarship. This scholarship and an associated fellowship package will provide an allowance sufficient to cover most of the expenses of pursuing a three year J.D. program at the School of Law. including tuition, living expenses and books.
Please note that Prof. Randolph will be in China from March 4th through March 10th to interview for this scholarship, so if you are interested it is essential to contact him immediately. You don't have to be in Beijing.
Click below for the full announcement and Prof. Randolph's contact information.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Long-time collaborators Kevin O'Brien and Lianjiang Li have expanded O'Brien's original article on "rightful resistance" into a book, Rightful Resistance in Rural China, just published by Cambridge University Press. The body of work represented by this book is particularly interesting to students of Chinese law because it shows how legal texts (among other normative sources) can be socially meaningful even when they are not in any practical sense enforceable by courts or other state institutions.
Book blurb from Cambridge's web site follows:
Sunday, February 19, 2006
I came across an interesting piece of news (or more accurately, non-news) today: conditions are apparently not yet ripe for abolishing the government's salt monopoly. (Report here.) This made me wonder whether the salt monopoly had therefore won the stakes for the longest-lasting government revenue source in Chinese history, given that the 2600-year-old agricultural tax had been abolished only late last year. But no: standard accounts put the salt monopoly at about 2500 hundred years of age, so it will have to last another century or so to beat the agricultural tax.