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1 China L. & Soc'y Rev. 1 (2016)

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              CHINA LAW AND  SOCIETY REVIEW  1 (2016) 1-4       CHINA LAW
  ...                                                         SOCIETY REVIEW
BRILL                                                          brill.com/clsr

China's Top-Down Sources of Law
Introductory Essay to Issue i of the China Law and Society Review

        Benjamin van Rooil
     University of California, Irvine

        Mary Gallagher
     University of Michigan

The China Law  and Society Review seeks to provide a state-of-the-art under-
standing about the development and functioning of law and legal institutions
in China. Four decades into its legal reforms, Chinese law and legal institu-
tions now form  complex  practices with great variation both over time and
place. There is a rich body of work on Chinese law and society, both in law and
socio-legal studies, but certainly also in political science, sociology, criminol-
ogy, management  science, economics, psychology, and anthropology. The field
has witnessed intense specialization, to such extent that for most China law
scholars it is virtually impossible to stay abreast of existing knowledge about
Chinese law and society outside of their own particular area of interest. And
for the growing body of practitioners in public and private practice whose
work forces them to understand Chinese law and society, academic research is
very hard to access, either because of the paywalls that restrict non-academic
usage, or because of the jargon and complex methodology studies use.
   The China Law and Society Review aims to provide accessible overviews of
what we  know  and do not know  about how  law and legal institutions func-
tion in everyday practice. As a journal of law and society, our focus on law
in practice requires an interdisciplinary perspective and attention to different
methodologies and data sources. The law and society perspective is fundamen-
tally about how people experience law, how law functions in society alongside
other institutions, norms, and discourses. Issues will therefore center on the
institutional lay of the land, including courts, the legal profession, legislators,
prosecutors, the media, the Chinese Communist Party, and civil society organi-
zations. Other issues will look in more depth at the development and function-
ing of substantive areas of law, including tort, labor, environment, intellectual

@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2017  DOI 10.1163/25427466-OO101001

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