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Can The West Learn From The Rest?' The Chinese Legal Order's Hybrid Modernity, Nicholas C. Howson Jan 2009

Can The West Learn From The Rest?' The Chinese Legal Order's Hybrid Modernity, Nicholas C. Howson

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I am asked to present on the "shortcomings of the Western model of legality based on a professionalized, individualistic and highly formalistic approach to justice" as a way to understanding if "the West can develop today a form of legality which is relational rather than based on litigation as a zero sum game, learning from face to face social organizations in which individuals understand the law" - presumably in the context of the imperial and modem Chinese legal systems which I know best as a scholar and have lived for many years as a resident of the modem identity of the ...