China Law and Governance Review
    A Publication of China Law and Development Consultants
December 2006 Issue No. 3   
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From the Editors

Welcome to the China Law and Governance Review.

As a keen observer of China, we think that you will find the China Law and Governance Review different from other publications. The Review is not a news-clipping service or a bulletin of recent developments. We aim to examine and highlight some of the most interesting stories and compelling commentaries in the Chinese press, particularly in the areas of legal system development and governance. These accounts and commentaries reflect the complex, dynamic and seemingly contradictory realities of a country that is neither the authoritarian state nor the new frontier of capitalism that many abroad perceive it to be. We hope to stimulate discussion among our readership by offering value-added analysis, summaries, excerpts and background information to these news accounts and commentaries.

We hope that the Review will be a window into the fascinating changes that are taking place in China. We welcome your feedback. Please send comments and inquiries to:


Ms. Su Lin Han, the Editor and co-founder of the China Law and Governance Review, is a native of Beijing who practiced law before turning to writing. Ms. Han, who is now based in the U.S., received her J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. She worked as a corporate attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC and the Hong Kong office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Her recent projects include a book on comparative judicial systems and processes done in cooperation with the Supreme People’s Court of China. Since 2004, she has been working as a legal consultant to the World Bank on a secured transactions reform/access to credit project in China.
Contributing Editor
Ms. Stephanie Fischer, a native New Yorker, has a strong background in banking and finance. She worked at several leading New York banks, both in international lending and investment research, before retiring to the wilds of Southern New England. She also maintains a keen interest in journalism and current events.



China Law and Governance Review is a publication of China Law and Development Consultants Co., Limited (“CLD”), a Hong Kong firm founded in 2000 to support non-profit development work in China. In addition to designing and carrying out projects with Chinese partners, CLD advises foreign donors and other organizations working in China. CLD specializes in legal system development, governance reform, women’s issues, educational reform and the emerging NGO sector in China.

Ms. Phyllis L. Chang, originally of New York and California, is the founder of China Law and Development Consultants. Ms. Chang studied Chinese language and law in Beijing in the early 1980’s before practicing corporate law in Silicon Valley. In 1994, she discovered the non-profit world and joined the Ford Foundation in China as Program Officer for law and governance programming. Ms. Chang has been resident in Beijing for many years. She speaks Chinese with a New York accent.





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