The Professional 'Tug of War': The Regulation of Foreign Lawyers in China, Business Scope Issues and Some Suggestions for Reform
Melbourne Law School
September 21, 2009
Melbourne Univeristy Law Review, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2009
U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 423
This article looks at the regulatory framework governing foreign law firms in China and the unique challenges that this poses for foreign lawyers, Chinese lawyers and the Chinese regulators. The challenges are unique because of the significant gap between, on the one hand, the strict letter of the law in terms of what foreign law firms are permitted to do and, on the other hand, the liberal
interpretation and enforcement of the law in practice by the relevant regulatory authority - the Ministry of Justice. The article concludes by considering various models for reform to the regulatory framework and providing suggestions as to the appropriate choices.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: regulatory framework, China, foreign law firms
JEL Classification: K00, K23, K40, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 28, 2009
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