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China: First Law on Film Industry Effective in March

(Feb. 28, 2017) On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Film Industry Promotion Law, the first national law regulating the country’s film industry.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Dianying Chanye Cujin Fa (promulgated on Nov. 7, 2016, effective on Mar. 1, 2017), State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, […]

China: Supreme People’s Court Adds Four More Circuit Courts

(Feb. 13, 2017) On December 28 and 29, 2016, the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuit Courts of China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), officially inaugurated their operations.  (Zuigao Fa Disan Disi Xunhui Fating Jiepai, Kaishi Zhengshi Bangong) [SPC 3rd and 4th Circuit Courts Launched, Started Formal Operations], XINHUANET (Dec. 29, 2016); Zuigao Renmin […]

China: Rules of Online Publication of Court Judgments Revised

(Feb. 9, 2017) On August 29, 2016, China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), revised rules concerning online publication of judgments of Chinese courts at all levels.  The revised Provisions on the Publication of Judgment Documents by the People’s Courts on the Internet went into effect on October 1, 2016.  (Zuigao Renmin Fayuan Guanyu […]

China: New Law Replacing Pollution Discharge Fee With Environmental Protection Tax

(Feb. 8, 2017) On December 25, 2016, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee passed the Environmental Protection Tax Law.  When it takes effect on January 1, 2018, the Law will replace the existing pollution discharge fee system with a new environmental protection tax.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Huanjing Baohu Shui fa, NPC website (Dec. 25, […]

China: 2016 Revised Provincial Family Planning Regulations

(Feb. 6, 2017) In December 2015, China’s Population and Family Planning Law was revised allow married couples to have two children, effective January 1, 2016.  (Laney Zhang, China: Two Child Policy Becomes Law, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Jan. 8, 2016).) Provincial-level people’s congresses were expected to revise their own regulations to implement the “two-child law,” which would […]

Macau: Animal Protection Law Passed

(Aug. 12, 2016) On July 4, 2016, the Legislative Assembly of the Macau Special Administrative Region of China (Macau SAR) passed its first-ever Animal Protection Law. The Law was published in the Macau official gazette on July 25 and will take effect on September 1 of this year. (動物保護法/Lei de protecção dos animais, Law No. […]

China: New Wildlife Protection Law

(Aug. 5, 2016) On July 2, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) revised the Wildlife Protection Law.  This is the first time the Law has been substantively revised since its promulgation in the 1980s.  The revised Law will take effect on January 1, 2017.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo […]

China: Cyberspace Administration Releases New Rules on Mobile Apps

(July 26, 2016) On June 28, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released a set of new rules regulating mobile Internet application programs (apps).   (Yidong Hulianwang Yingyong Chengxu Xinxi Fuwu Guanli Guiding [Administrative Provisions on Information Services of Mobile Internet Application Programs] (Provisions), CAC website (June 28, 2016); English translation available through Westlaw China […]

China: Cyberspace Administration Requires Paid Search Results to Be Marked

(July 20, 2016) On June 25, 2016, China’s central Internet content regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued a set of rules regulating Internet information search services.  The Administrative Provisions on Internet Information Search Services will take effect on August 1, 2016.  (Hulianwang Xinxi Sousuo Fuwu Guanli Guiding, CAC website (June 25, 2016); translation […]

China: Law Passed Tightening Control over Foreign Non-Government Organizations

(June 15, 2016) On April 28, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Administration over the Activities of Overseas Non-Government Organizations Within China, commonly known as the Foreign NGO Law.  The Law will become effective on January 1, 2017.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo […]