Economic Legislation in China

  • Stefan Messmann


A decade ago there was only one law faculty functioning in China and a total of not even 2,000 lawyers for a population of one billion people. No wonder, under these cirumstances, that in the then existing legal vacuum courts reacted helplessly at every arising conflict. Therefore the case described in Faxue, a leading Chinese legal periodical [26], may be considered as typical:

A judge from an unnamed state court wrote to the law review the following: An enterprise from the Hebei province has ordered from a company of Shanghai pipes for 1,200 Yuan and paid them. However, the Shanghai enterprise never delivered the goods. The enterprise from Hebei asked for help from the bank and the authority in charge of the seller as well as from the office for the administration of industry and commerce of Shanghai. But according to the seller’s bank there was no money on its bank account. The office for the administration of industry and commerce of Shanghai explained to the buyer that the seller could not deliver because of a shortage of raw materials; neither could it pay wages and salaries because it was in liquidation. Under these circumstances the buyer appealed to the court. The judge remarked that this was the first case of such a sort for the court. What should I do? the judge asked.


State Council Cultural Revolution Special Economic Zone Legal Reform Foreign Partner 
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  • Stefan Messmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Syndikus Volkswagen AG, Recht Auslandsbeteiligungen und -projekteWolfsburg 1Germany

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