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Civil Law

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Author(s): Jian, Mi
In pre-modern times, China's civil law differed substantially from that of Western countries. It had been created on the basis of other sources, forms, and principles, and regulated property and personal relations. At the turn of the 20th century, the term "civil law" was introduced into modern China's legal system through the Japanese translation of a Dutch word. Although historical literature contains the word minfa (civil law), this term does not directly correspond with the civil law of the modern Chinese legal system. Civil law according to the Chinese legal tradition is …