Chinese Reception and Transplantation of Western Contract Law

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Wang Jingen

Quanzhou Normal University

Larry A. DiMatteo

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The transformation of the People's Republic of China (China) into a market economy and its ascendancy into a global economic power increases the importance of studying its private laws (contract, torts, property, and unjust enrichment). The twin pillars of a market economy are private property and contract law. This Article will focus on the latter of the two pillars. The evolution of Chinese contract law provides an opportunity to study the influences of foreign laws and the formal transplantation of foreign and international law into a different cultural and legal tradition. China's formation of private contract law, beginning in the mid-1980s, is particularly interesting because of the breadth of foreign law influences involved in its development. However, the use and partial transplantation of a variety of sources can have unintended consequences. In the case of the Chinese Contract Law (CCL), it has led to a number of gaps and inconsistencies.

Keywords: China, Chinese Contract Law, Comparative Law

Suggested Citation

Jingen, Wang and DiMatteo, Larry A., Chinese Reception and Transplantation of Western Contract Law (2016). 34 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 44 (2016), University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper No. 17-3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894590 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2894590

Wang Jingen

Quanzhou Normal University ( email )

Donghai St, Fengze Qu
Quanzhou, Fujian
China

Larry A. DiMatteo (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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