Washington Law Review


I am pleased that the American Association for the Comparative Study of Law has decided to focus upon the legal systems of East Asia this year, and flattered that Professor Dan Henderson, who has organized today's program, has asked me to speak about the question of "comparability" with respect to China. In so doing, Professor Henderson is clearly heeding Deng Xiaoping's message to turn to youth-albeit in this case, callow youth. Since he has been kind enough to do so, I hope that you will be equally kind in not blaming him for my remarks. This talk is dedicated to the memory of Ted L. Stein, a law school classmate and friend who was a brilliant young specialist in international law until his untimely death in an accident in June of 1985. Although only thirty-two when he died, Ted already was much accomplished professionally. I will remember and miss Ted, though, as much for his personal attributes as for his professional achievements, for he was an individual of extraordinary character. It is truly a privilege to invoke his memory in conjunction with this presentation.

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