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Friday, October 26, 2007

Wallace Stephen Johnson (1932-2007)

Johnson I am sorry to report the death of Prof. Wallace Johnson of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of Kansas. Among students of Chinese law, Prof. Johnson is best known for his translation of the Tang Code: first the General Principles (Princeton University Press, 1979) and later the Specific Articles (Princeton University Press, 1997). Here are two obituaries: Lawrence Journal World & News | University of Kansas news release.

We also have Prof. Johnson to thank for the online and Word versions of the Tang, Ming, and Qing codes, available here.

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The Journal of Asian Legal History and the Chinese Law Codes are now located at

Many readers of the above e-journal might have learned that its founder and editor, Wallace Johnson, passed away in October 2007. A great loss is hard to compensate for, especially when it comes so suddenly and unexpectedly. We will all miss Wally for his energy and enthusiasm, and the world of scholarship will surely feel the loss of a world-class expert on Chinese law, particularly of the Tang, and of a leader and organizer in the larger field of Asian law generally.

For the time being, the journal has been moved to the present site, so that it can still be conveniently accessed for what it contains. No one has charge of it at the present moment, and its future is as yet undetermined.
(by John Dardess)

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