The present legal system of the People's Republic of China began its development in the late 1970's and so, by global standards, the modern Chinese legal profession came into being relatively recently. Despite this late start, China now has at least 200,000 lawyers working in approximately 17,000 domestic law firms.

While its current legislation reflects a structural similarity to countries like Germany and France, in recent years, China has started to adopt some principles and institutions along the lines of a common law system.


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Donna Evans

International Policy Adviser: North Asia and the Pacific