China Law Deskbook Legal Update – Oct. 2011

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Oct. 5 – Jim Zimmerman, the China managing partner of U.S. law firm Sheppard Mullin is a good friend of China Briefing and is also both the Chairman Emeritus of Amcham China and the author of the China Law Deskbook – considered by many to be the bible of China law. Jim has recently introduced a regular update service to the China Law Deskbook and has kindly given permission for China Briefing to host it here.

Entitled “News and Views from Beijing,” the new October PDF issue is attached as a complimentary download, and contains details of new laws, regulations, and policy trends. Included in this issue are Jim’s comments concerning:

  • New rules imposing enhanced prison terms on computer hackers, including those China-based hackers that break into foreign computers. In his view, the enhanced penalties are unlikely to stop the pervasive and systemic cyber espionage and intrusions originating out of China.
  • A call for new penalties on marine-based pollution in response to recent oil spills, and in light of the difficulties that certain foreign oil companies are having.
  • New rules allowing for nation-wide cross-border convertibility of the RMB.
  • New rules designed to better supervise police conduct.
  • Party leadership calls for a stronger role for the Party in judicial functions.

Readers wishing to purchase the China Law Deskbook may visit the site here.

We are grateful to Jim for permitting us to reproduce the original content for the benefit of our readers.