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6 Completing Teubner: Foreign Irritants in China's Clinical Legal Education System and the 'Convergence' of Imaginations

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Legal convergence is a theory that suggests that as legal systems develop they will ?converge' on an ever narrower set of structural, and perhaps substantive, paradigms. This chapter argues that this ideological contestation over convergence is impeding our efforts to develop meaningful ?comparative' visions of law and truly comparatively informed visions of legal development. Gunther Teubner developed the idea of legal irritants in part as a way of preserving what he saw as the explicative power of Watson's ideas while at the same time expressly allowing for larger, divergent developmental trajectories. The chapter also argues that the experience of transplanted clinical legal aid and education models in China did in fact resemble the structural predictions suggested by Teubner's model of legal irritants. In 1974, Alan Watson's theory of ?legal transplants' seemed to lend support to proponents of the convergence thesis.

Keywords: Alan Watson; China; clinical legal education; Gunther Teubner; legal convergence; legal irritants; legal transplants



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