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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 1 No 2 (1999)

ASIAN LAW IN TRANSLATION: Impact of Modern Western Law on the Chinese in Taiwan

Wang Tay-sheng (LLM (NTU), PhD (Wash)) is Professor of Law, National Taiwan University.
Sean Cooney (translator) (BA (Hons), LLM (Melb), LLM (Colum), JSD Candidate (Colum) is Associate Director (Taiwan) of the Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne.

This article explores the interaction between Western legal models and traditional Chinese law in Taiwan. Professor Wang first provides an overview of Taiwanese political and legal history. He then examines the dual introduction of Western Continental legal models - by the Japanese in the first half of the last century and by the Nationalists in the latter half. He focuses on constitutional, commercial, family and inheritance law. Professor Wang concludes that while aspects of traditional Chinese legal culture persist in Taiwan, the concepts of modern Western law have gained widespread acceptance among the Taiwanese.

(1999) 1(2) Asian Law 194

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