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Stephen Cozen Professor of Law
China-Tracker deLisle Fascinated by Superpower’s Transformation from Authoritarian System to Rule of Law
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“Slow and painful has been man’s progress from magic to law,” reads the translation of an ancient Chinese inscription above Penn Law’s Goat sculpture. That phrase may apply to China’s long and uneven history, but according to new Stephen Cozen Professor of Law, Jacques deLisle, China is experiencing a legal transformation today that’s anything but slow.

“Progress from what was in many ways a non-existent legal system just decades ago is remarkable,” deLisle says of the rising superpower. “There are now many thousands of lawyers in China. They interpret countless laws and regulations, draft contracts, sue, win, and secure awards for their clients. These things happen far more than was imaginable twenty-five years ago.”

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