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Law in Political Transitions: Lessons from East Asia and the Road Ahead for China

Author: Jerome A. Cohen, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies
July 26, 2005

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China's legal system is developing, but meaningful reform of its authoritarian political system has not yet taken place. What role are law and legal institutions likely to play in China's political reform process? This hearing assessed the state of China's rule of law development and examined the role of legal institutions in political transitions in Taiwan and South Korea to see whether these experiences suggest a path ahead for China.

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