NPC Calendar: May 2022

The Anti–Organized Crime Law [反有组织犯罪法] (adopted Dec. 24, 2021) and the revised Vocational Education Law [职业教育法] (adopted Apr. 20, 2022) take effect on May 1.

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is soliciting public comments on the following draft laws through May 19:

The NPCSC will convene for its next regularly scheduled session in late June.

Has an NPC Spokesperson Declared Shanghai’s “Hard Isolation” Unlawful?

By @tango2010 on Weibo. Original post since censored. Archived copy courtesy of @NiaoCollective on Twitter.

Shanghai’s lockdown to eradicate a local Covid-19 outbreak continues. Over the past weekend, Shanghai residents in multiple districts discovered that green metal fences were erected outside their residential compounds or buildings. In a widely circulated notice by the Pudong New Area government, that move was termed “hard isolation” [硬隔离]. Exasperated by the latest development, many residents dug up a set of Q&A-style statements issued by the Legislative Affairs Commission (LAC) of the NPC Standing Committee in March 2020 and relied on them to argue that Shanghai’s “hard isolation” measures were unlawful. But do the LAC statements in fact support the residents’ argument?

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NPCSC Makes First Adjustments to Provinces’ NPC Seats in a Decade

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) concluded its session this month on April 20, 2022. It adopted the Futures and Derivatives Law [期货和衍生品法], which will introduce “a comprehensive legal framework for the operation of futures and over-the-counter derivatives markets in China.” The NPCSC also comprehensively revised the Vocational Education Law [职业教育法], the statute’s first update since its enactment in 1996, with the policy goal of cultivating “high-quality technical and skilled personnel” and “providing powerful talent and skill support” for socialist modernization. Due to our lack of expertise on these subjects, however, we are unable to offer more in-depth summaries or analyses of these two laws.

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NPCSC Seeks Public Comments on Draft Revisions to Women’s Rights and Interests Protection Law & Sports Law, Draft Black Soil Protection Law

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is soliciting public comments on the following three bills through May 19, 2022:

Draft NameChinese TextExplanatory Document
Sports Law (2nd Draft Revision)
体育法修订草案二次审议稿
PDFPDF
Black Soil Protection Law (2nd Draft)
黑土地保护法草案二次审议稿
PDFPDF
Women’s Rights and Interests Protection Law (2nd Draft Revision)
妇女权益保障法修订草案二次审议稿
PDF (English)
(Comparison Charts: Chinese, English)
PDF

English translations will be provided if and when available. All explanatory documents are in Chinese.

To submit comments online, please refer to this guide. Comments can also be mailed to the NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commission [全国人大常委会法制工作委员会] at the following address:

北京市西城区前门西大街1号 邮编: 100805
No. 1 West Qianmen Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing 100805

Please clearly write “<Draft Name in Chinese>征求意见” on the envelope.

NPCSC Session Watch: Women’s Rights, NPC Seats Allocation, Forced Labor Conventions & More

The Council of Chairpersons decided on Monday, April 11 to convene the 34th session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) from April 18 to 20. Five legislative bills are on the tentative agenda, along with three documents relating to the elections of delegates to the next NPC. As usual, a quick rundown on the agenda follows.

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