NPC Calendar: December 2019

The Vaccine Administration Law [疫苗管理法], the revised Drug Administration Law [药品管理法], and a decision of the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) approving a three-year pilot program in China’s free trade zones (discussed here) take effect on December 1.

The 13th NPCSC is expected to convene for its 15th session in late December. The Council of Chairpersons is expected to meet in mid-December to decide on the agenda and dates of the session.

We expect the session to review a draft Civil Code [民法典] and a draft Urban Maintenance and Construction Tax Law [城市维护建设税法]. The draft amendment to the Patent Law [专利法] and draft revision to the Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste [固体废物污染环境防治法] are likely to return for further review. The session may additionally consider the following bills:

We also expect the session to review the NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commission’s report on its recording-and-review work in 2019 and to adopt a decision convening the NPC’s annual session in 2020.

December 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the passage and entry into force of the Environmental Protection Law [环境保护法].


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NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commissions Criticizes Hong Kong Court’s Mask Ban Ruling, Signals Possible NPCSC Intervention

To not bury the lede, we start by noting that the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) issued a statement (Xinhua’s English report) today (November 19) criticizing a Hong Kong court’s ruling yesterday that partially invalidated a Hong Kong statute for violating the Hong Kong Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution. The statement suggested that the NPCSC, with the ultimate authority over the interpretation of the Basic Law (see art. 158), might decide to adopt a contrary interpretation. We more fully explain the relevant events and legal arguments below.

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