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Liability Of Bias: A Comparative Study Of Gender-Related Interests In Negligence Law, Yifat Bitton Feb 2009

Liability Of Bias: A Comparative Study Of Gender-Related Interests In Negligence Law, Yifat Bitton

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This Article examines a feminist argument concerning the gendered structure of tort law, according to which the limited recognition of indirect emotional harm reflects a bias against women and “femininity.” This examination is carried out through a comparative analysis of two sorts. First, it considers the judicial treatment of emotional harm as compared with the treatment of pure economic loss – a harm which, for the purposes of this research, will be considered more “male” and men-oriented. The central thesis of the article is that, while it appears that both types of harm have ultimately gained very limited recognition, implying lack ...


The Xinfang Phenomenon: Why The Chinese Prefer Administrative Petitioning Over Litigation, Taisu Zhang Aug 2008

The Xinfang Phenomenon: Why The Chinese Prefer Administrative Petitioning Over Litigation, Taisu Zhang

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In recent years, the Chinese public, when facing disputes with government officials, hav preferred a non-legal means of resolution, the Xinfang system, over litigation. Some scholars explain this by claiming that administrative litigation is less effective than Xinfang petitioning. Others argue that the Chinese have historically eschewed litigation and continue to do so habitually. This paper proposes a new explanation: Chinese have traditionally litigated administrative disputes, but only when legal procedure is not too adversarial and allows for the possibility of reconciliation through court-directed settlement. Since this possibility does not formally exist in modern Chinese administrative litigation, people tend to ...