Monday, October 29, 2007

Chinese Legalists' Views about Disclosure of Law

In the Spring and Autumn Dynasties, many legalists favoring rule of law started to promulgate their theory about law and gained support from the rulers. Feizi Han argued that ‘law should be known by the public’. Yan Shang asserted that ‘law should be easily understood and known by the public’. He also required officials in charge of legislation to promulgate law and answer enquiries from the public in order that everyone could understand law. If the public understood law, then officials could not treat the public illegally.

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