Freedom of Association in China and Europe: Comparative Perspectives in Law and Practice

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Yuwen Li
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2005 - Law - 448 pages
Understanding and exercising the right to freedom of association, in a modern sense, is a relatively new phenomenon in China. The reform of 'old' social organizations and the emergence of new, privately-initiated, non-profit organizations only began to occur in the 1980s, and such organizations continued to expand throughout the 1990s. Within a short period these new organizations have become a vibrant force in Chinese society. This unique volume - the first book in English to offer systematic and critical research in this field - is the outcome of a three-year research project on the Legal Aspects of Social Organisations in China. The main aim of the project was to encourage Chinese researchers to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the current status of social organizations in China, and to allow them to explore possible ways of creating a friendly legal environment conducive to the exercise of the right to freedom of association. The book contains some of the best results of the Chinese researchers' work and papers presented by European experts at two international seminars, organized jointly by the Institute of Law of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Law Faculty of Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The contributions of the European experts explore different systems of regulation that have developed, and which are accommodated within the legal framework and traditions of each particular country. The aim of the volume is to stimulate international understanding of the progress made by China and the dilemmas it still faces with respect to its emerging new civil society organizations.

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A Critical Examination of the Legal Environment for Social
Its Model
The Dilemma of Legitimacy Facing Chinas Civil Society Organisations
Approval and Noninterference in the Management of Social
Research on Chinas Civic Environmental Protection Organisations
Historical Development Present
Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector in the Netherlands
Law and Associational Life in Britain
Service Providers or Agents
The Legal Implementation of Freedom of Association in
Concluding Observations
Regulations for Registration and Management of Social Organizations
Regulations for the Management of Foundations
Relevant Articles of the Dutch Civil Code
Selected Bibliography

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