Legislation: An Introduction to the
Chinese Legal System

Legislation
08
Jul

Legislation: An Introduction to the
Chinese Legal System

With regard to the Chinese legal system, the quote “Not a nation of law, but a nation of the rule of life” is often attributed. This expression describes China as a country with laws which are often subjectively enforced. Therefore, it can be difficult to settle any legal disputes. Not surprising in this context is that...
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Jurisdiction
08
Jul

Jurisdiction in Trade:
The WTO & Dispute Settlement

When it comes to international trade law, the most relevant way that countries are bound by certain laws is through the World Trade Organization (WTO)–by far the most important trade association. Established in 1995, the WTO was created with the purpose of providing a framework of agreements, offering a forum for negotiations, conducting trade policy reviews...
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Joint Venture
08
Jul

Joint Ventures in China:
Regulations, Risks & Opportunities

China heavily restricts foreign investment into certain industries; sometimes, the only way to take advantage of the opportunities the country presents is through entering into a joint venture in China. It is one common example for protectionism in China. A joint venture is when two separate parties enter into a formal agreement to undertake a commercial...
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IPR
08
Jul

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs):
Counterfeits & Patent Protection

Protecting your ideas requires applying for relevant trademarks, copyrights, patents or industrial design rights. There have been several cases in China in the past where companies have paid a Chinese manufacturer to produce their product only to have the designs leaked, leading to imitation copies. While severe, such wild scenarios are the exception rather than...
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