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Jacques deLisle Brunch and Speech
On Sunday, March 7, Penn Club of Beijing members, Penn alumni, friends, Penn faculty and staff joined us for an exciting brunch where Jacques deLisle was the featured speaker. Following is a summary of his presentation.

China¡¯s Uncommon Law: Uneven Legal Change and Law¡¯s Distinctive Roles

In The Common Law, Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote that the life of the law has not been logic but experience. The experience of legal development in contemporary China has been strikingly uneven across many dimensions. The logic of law in China¡ªthe functions it is expected to perform¡ªis more complex and dynamic than can be captured by asking how far China is from achieving ¡°the rule of law.¡± And assessments of how much China has moved toward the rule of law vary wildly. Jacques deLisle addressed these issues, with illustrations drawn from high-profile cases and legal controversies from recent times.
Jacques deLisle¡¯s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: the relationships between legal and political change in China; law and economic reform in China; China¡¯s approach to international law; Taiwan¡¯s international status and relations with China; Hong Kong¡¯s transition to and development under Chinese rule; and public international law. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. deLisle is director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He has served frequently as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C. law and government policies and is a consultant, lecturer and advisor to legal reform, development and education programs, primarily in China.

Click the link below to read a related paper written by Jacques deLisle. Slides from Professor deLisle¡¯s speech will be posted soon.

deLisle_pb6-traps gaps and law.pdf

See pictures from this event below.