A visiting delegation of Supreme People's Court judges will discuss the background, latest developments, and main debates in China's adoption of a new and comprehensive Civil Code. The planned Civil Code will consist of six parts: general provisions, property law, contract law, tort liability, marriage and family law, and inheritance law. Legislators expect to complete the codification process by 2020, with the first part (the General Provisions of Civil Law) adopted in March 2017.
The head of the delegation is Judge Shouye CAO, Senior Judge of the Supreme People's Court. Judge Cao is also the Deputy Director of the SPC's Judicial Research Center for Environmental Resources, Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Jurisprudence, Head of the Civil Code Compilation Research Centre, Standing Director of China Judicial Theory Research Association, and Director of China Judges Association. Judge CAO has extensive experience with civil and commercial trials since starting in the Civil Trial Chamber of the Supreme People's Court from 1986 onwards. He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme People's Court by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in 1995.
Judge Cao has participated in the formulation of many civil and commercial laws and judicial interpretations in China, including the Economic Contract Law, Foreign-related Economic Contract Law, Technology Contract Law, Legislation Law, Guarantee Law, Insurance Law, Banking Law, Trust Law, Auction Law, Unified Contract Law, Enterprise Bankruptcy Law, Property Law, Tort Law, Law Applicable to Foreign-related Civil Relations Law, and the latest General Provisions of Civil Law 2017. He has also participated in the amendment of the Environmental Protection Law. Judge Cao was a Visiting Scholar of New York University (1993-1994) and University of Hong Kong (2000), Member of Expert Advisory Committee of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (2001-2004). He has produced many academic publications, which have been applied to major national legislation and major judicial interpretations, guiding cases, and judicial policies of the Supreme People's Court.