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British Rule in China: Law and Justice in Weihaiwei 1898-1930

ISBN13: 9780854900268
Published: August 2008
Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00

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"Carol Tan's book is a valuable legal history ... the author should be commended for advancing our understanding of the history of Sino-British relations, British colonial justice and the law and empire in general" Law and History Review

"...a concise history of British rule in Weihaiwei...Dr Tan's book on the British rule in Weihaiwei focusing on its legal structures, implementation, and the people at the centre of this development is a thoroughly researched, meticulously constructed, and interestingly argued monograph...she has done a remarkable job." Hong Kong Law Journal

Written using official records and other sources, British Rule in China is the first systematic account of the legal history of Weihaiwei, a small territory leased by China to Britain in 1898. It is a fascinating and accessible account of the territory’s constitution, laws, courts, judges and magistrates, penal policy, and police force.

The book explores the various problems and controversies faced by the local authorities in administering justice as well as their attempts to resolve them. The author argues that, as originally conceived, Weihaiwei’s legal system made few concessions to the fact that the territory remained a part of China yet, in practice and for reasons which are explored in the book, it integrated some aspects of Chinese institutions, law and custom.

Given the centrality of the law, its institutions and its officials to the exercise of British jurisdiction, this work is a contribution not merely to colonial legal history but also to the history of this part of China under foreign rule. Part of Law in East Asia Series.

Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, China

Tables and Graphs
List of Maps and Illustrations
Note on Romanisation
Local Place Names

Chapter 1 Weihaiwei: From Reluctant Acquisition To Long Twilight
Chapter 2 Towards An Order In Council For Weihaiwei
Chapter 3 Courts And Laws
Chapter 4 Policing The Territory
Chapter 5 Trying and Punishing Offenders
Chapter 6 Resolving Civil Disputes
Chapter 7 Dealing With Suicide

I. The Convention between Great Britain and China Respecting Wei-hai-Wei (‘The Peking Convention’)
II. The Convention for the Rendition of Weihaiwei
III. The Wei-hai-Wei Order in Council, 1901
IV. The Wei-hai-Wei Order in Council, 1901, Amendment Order, 1903
V. The Wei-hai-Wei Order in Council, 1930

Table of Cases

Series: Law in East Asia

Mediation and ADR Confidentiality in Hong Kong ISBN 9780854902644
Published March 2019
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Transparency Challenges Facing China ISBN 9780854902606
Published January 2019
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Re-Ordering Hong Kong: Decolonisation and the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance ISBN 9780854902309
Published September 2017
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Mediation in Contemporary China: Continuity and Change ISBN 9780854902248
Published March 2017
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Manufactured Obscurity: The Postcolonial Erasure of Suzerainty and the Changing Legal Status of Tibet ISBN 9780854901692
Published September 2015
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The Evolution of the Land System in China: Politicized Law? ISBN 9780854901432
Published January 2015
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The Revival of Private Property and Its Limits in Post-Mao China ISBN 9780854901333
Published January 2014
Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
Traditional Chinese Penal Law ISBN 9780854900930
Published August 2013
Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
China's Pre-Trial Justice: Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms in Contemporary China ISBN 9780854901036
Published January 2012
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Corporate Governance and Legal Reform in China ISBN 9780854900367
Published March 2009
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China's Psychiatric Inquisition: Dissent, Psychiatry and the Law in Post-1949 China ISBN 9781898029854
Published October 2006
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Implementation of the WTO Agreements in China ISBN 9781898029793
Published October 2005
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