The Council of Chairpersons decided on Friday, July 29 to convene the 36th session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) over a month later, from August 30 to September 2. With only five bills, the legislative agenda is comparatively light for a session held in August and in the last year of an NPCSC’s term. Perhaps the pace of legislation will pick up later in the year. Below we briefly preview the upcoming session.Continue reading “NPCSC Session Watch: Telecom Fraud, Wildlife Protection, Ecological Conservation of the Tibetan Plateau & Counterespionage”
The following laws take effect on August 1:
- Futures and Derivatives Law [期货和衍生品法] (adopted on Apr. 20, 2022);
- Black Soil Protection Law [黑土地保护法] (adopted on June 24, 2022); and
- amendment to the Anti-Monopoly Law [反垄断法] (adopted on June 24, 2022).
The 13th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) will convene for its 36th session from August 30 to September 2. It will review the following bills:
- draft Law Against Telecom and Online Fraud [反电信网络诈骗法];
- draft revision to the Agricultural Products Quality and Safety Law [农产品质量安全法];
- draft revision to the Wild Animals Protection Law [野生动物保护法];
- draft revision to the Counterespionage Law [反间谍法]; and
- draft Qinghai–Tibet Plateau Ecological Conservation Law [青藏高原生态保护法].
For more information, please see this post.
This post was updated twice on July 29 at 10:25 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. EDT.
On July 11, 2022, the NPC Standing Committee’s Legislative Affairs Commission (Commission) released two of its “legal inquiry responses” [法律询问答复] issued during the past year. As we have discussed in depth in this post, such responses clarify the applicable law in real-world scenarios at the request of central governmental bodies or provincial legislatures. They are not universally binding, but are considered highly persuasive—hence a form of “soft law”—because of the Commission’s pivotal role in lawmaking. The batch released on Monday is smaller than those released in previous years, but most likely only represents a minuscule portion of all legal inquiry responses the Commission issued in 2021. The two selected responses concern, respectively, the enforcement of a new statutory prohibition on entertainment venues near kindergartens and the extent of a municipal legislature’s authority to promote the private sector of the local economy. We explain them in turn below.Continue reading “2021 Legal Inquiry Responses: Enforcing New Ban on Entertainment Venues Near Kindergartens & Municipal Legislative Authority to Support the Private Sector”