Journal Title

Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal





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Book Review

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Chinese Law on SARS, by Chenglin Liu, is a marvelous example of fresh scholarship about a new and important feature of the Chinese legal system. The book analyzes the Chinese response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (“SARS”) epidemic in 2003. Most notably, it examines the government’s passing of two new laws and the implementation of other legal steps to bolster the nation’s public health system.

Liu’s scholarly examination of the SARS legislation is instructive, not merely because it explains the current laws in China relating to SARS, but also because it offers insight into what a country should (and should not) do when faced with the problem of an unprecedented, deadly, and potentially devastating threat to public health. Chinese Law on SARS is a valuable addition to English-language literature about the Chinese legal system, and deserves to be read, considered, and debated.

Recommended Citation

Vincent R. Johnson, Chinese Law on SARS by Chenglin Liu (book review), 7 Asian-Pac. L. & Pol’y J. 32 (2006).

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