Building upon an understanding of the rule of law as an 'essentially contested concept', this insightful book investigates the historical, political, and legal foundations of the Chinese perspectives on the rule of law at both a national and international level.
In particular, chapters focus on China's impact on global trade and security governance. These case studies enable conclusions to be drawn regarding China's more general perspectives on the international rule of law as a concept. Offering a thorough analysis of EU-China relationships, the book highlights the prospects and challenges for a meaningful dialogue on the rule of law and the international rule of law. In doing so, it illustrates the merits of the rule of law as a concept to engage in meaningful dialogues across a myriad of legal and political systems.
This book will hold particular appeal for students and scholars of Chinese law, International law, EU-China relations, and legal theory. Policy makers will also find this a stimulating read as the work aims to build both academic and policy bridges between the Western and Chinese conceptions on the rule of law at both national and international levels.
'In this academically rich, thoughtful and nuanced analysis of rule of law-related discourses and practices in China, Burnay addresses the prospects for the emergence of a consensus on the rule of law and the international rule of law. An important contribution to the ongoing debate about law and politics in China and beyond.'
– Eva Pils, King's College London, UK
'This book provides a comprehensive overview and timely analysis of how China understands the rule of law and the international rule of law. It helps readers understand the political, social, economic and historical contexts within which the "Chinese characteristics" are formed, as well as the differences between Chinese perspective and European perspectives on the international rule of law. In this valuable research on the development of the rule of law in China, Matthieu Burnay inspires reflections on how China has changed and how China can be changed.'
– Jing Men, College of Europe, Belgium
Matthieu Burnay, Lecturer in Global Law, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK, and Associate Fellow, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium.