AuthorLiu Zihe and Tang Ping Fan
Tsinghua China Law Review
Volume 11 Spring 2019 Number 2
The first half of 2019 is enveloped in the haze of uncertainties. The
escalation of trade war signifies the commencement of a new wave of
efforts in reconstruction and anti-reconstruction of global competitive
landscape. In response to this unprecedented conflict, China has
adopted numerous reform initiatives to better equip herself for the
ongoing challenges, among which law forms an important portion.
Understanding the evolvement of China’s legal environment therefore
becomes a compulsory course.
Tsinghua China Law Review has always been well-positioned in
offering readers an insight of the most heated scholarly debates that
are shaping the future of China law. Articles in this issue are carefully
selected to present trends representative in a variety of subject areas,
including litigation procedure, intellectual property law and
administrative law.
In the article entitled Lay Participation in the Adjudication,
Professor Andra le Roux-Kemp provides a comprehensive, legal-
historical and comparative analysis of the models of adjudication
adopted in mainland China and its special administrative region, Hong
Kong. The author is of the view that lay participation in the litigation
procedure of these two jurisdictions serves as an example of legal
transplants from western jurisdictions to the east. Such legal
transplants would contribute to the establishment of a credible and
independent judicial system in China.
In the article entitled Trademark Trolls in China, Professor FENG
Shujie probes into the emerging problems of trademark trolls that have
long been disturbing Chinese market environment, which include
proactive trademark protection policies, increasing trademark
infringement compensations, and inequitable trademark dispute
settlement procedures, followed by a critical analysis of the
corresponding measures adopted by Chinese legislature and courts.
Particularly, he highlights how the Trademark Law and the new E-
Commerce Law may help resolve the issue.
In the article entitled Copyright Protection of Video Games, Dr. LI
Zihao discusses copyright infringement of video games and how it is
addressed across various jurisdictions. Special attention is given to
reskinning, one of the most popular cloning methods. With a detailed
case law-based comparative analysis of video game copyright
protection mechanisms in the UK, the US and China, the author aims

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