The Doctrine that Dared Not Speak its Name: Anglo-American Fiduciary Duties in China's 2005 Company Law and Case Law Intimations of Prior Convergence
Nicholas Calcina Howson
University of Michigan Law School
September 1, 2008
TRANSFORMING CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN EAST ASIA, Hideki Kanda, Kon-Sik Kim, Curtis Milhaupt, eds., pp. 193-254, London: Routledge, 2008
In 2005 China's amended Company Law explicitly declared corporate fiduciary duties for the first time. While many would understand that declaration as an expression of symbolic formal convergence with, or wholesale transplant from, an alien legal system, research on lower-level China People's Court decisions before 2005 indicates that China's judiciary anticipated these important doctrines as much as a decade before. This set of developments may offer new insights on how corporate law develops in a transitional economy (set in a largely unreconstructed political-legal system) and the ways in which judicial institutions can and must rise to the challenges offered by economic and legal change.
Keywords: China, corporate law, convergence, fiduciary duties
JEL Classification: G30, K20, L20, M10, N46
Date posted: February 7, 2009 ; Last revised: October 24, 2012
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