The Development of Jurisprudence in China

Social Sciences in China

Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019


The Development of Jurisprudence in China



Xu Xianming


Over the past forty years since the launch of reform and opening up in 1978, China has passed through three developmental stages: recovery, stability and flourishing growth. This development has revolved around the axis of “politics—rule by law—rule of law— rule of law system—rule of law path—rule of law China.” By virtue of discussion of the core themes of jurisprudence and basic categories, jurisprudence has mounted ever higher. On the basis of summing up existing experience, the development and progress of Chinese jurisprudence in the new era should firmly uphold a disciplinary orientation, an indigenous orientation, a mass orientation and an orientation toward practice and modernization. We must seek new logical starting points, constantly pioneer and innovate, and contribute new wisdom and programs to the comprehensive governance of the country according to law.


Keywords: forty years of reform and opening up, jurisprudence, rule of law, stage