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Civil Procedure Reform in Republican China and Prewar Japan: Before the “Ma Xiwu Trial Method”

Lecture by Dongsheng Zang, University of Washington

The official narrative in China about modern mediation is that it originated in Mao’s revolutionary base in Shan-gan-ning Border Regions by a judge named Ma Xiwu in the early 1940s. Today, this is celebrated as the “Ma Xiwu trial method,” which again became popular in the last ten years. This presentation claims that Ma Xiwu inheirited, rather than invented, the modern civil mediation. Zang locates the origin for modern mediation in Republican China during the 1930s and in prewar Japan of the same period.

Monday, November 14, 2016
Knight Library Browsing Room

Dongsheng Zang is an associate professor of law and the director of the Asian Law Center and Chinese Legal Studes at the University of Washington.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Asian Studies Program, and the History Department.

Dongsheng Zang