Comparative Trial Advocacy (CH 291)


Since the principal method for resolving civil disputes continues to be litigation, it is important for American and Chinese law students to be aware of the differences and similarities in what constitutes admissible evidence in trial proceedings in China and in the United States. The course will begin with a comparison of the civil trial processes under Chinese and American law, with an emphasis on the Civil Law roots of the Chinese system and the Common Law roots of the American system and then analyze the impact of those systems on issues of the admissibility of evidence. Materials will be self-contained and made available to students prior to their travel to China.


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