Constitutional Evolution through Legislation

Lin Yan, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University Law School; Visiting Scholar, Penn Law School

| Tanenbaum 112, Penn Law School

Over the past three decades, China’s Constitution has experienced a dramatic and fundamental transition. Legislation has overtaken both constitutional amendment and interpretation and become a main venue to help the Constitution evolve over time. As a result, the overall state power structure has become more decentralized, diverse and balanced. However, a sustainable constitutional structure demands at least another mechanism—-an operational constitutional review system.

Yan Lin is an Associate Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan Law School and currently a visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania Law School. He teaches Chinese Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutionalism, Legislation. His primary academic interests include separation of powers in China, constitutional review system, and comparative law. He holds both a L.L.B and a L.L.M from East China University of Politics and Law, an M.L.I. and S.J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School.