Similarly, traditional Chinese law gave way to westernisation towards the final years of the Qing Dynasty in the form of six private law codes based mainly on the Japanese model of German law.
Today Taiwanese law retains the closest affinity to the codifications from that period, because of the split between Chiang Kai-shek's nationalists, who fled there, and Mao Zedong's communists who won control of the mainland in 1949.
In contrast to English common law, which consists of enormous tomes of case law, codes in small books are easy to export and easy for judges to apply.
However, today there are signs that civil and common law are converging.
The Napoleonic and German Codes became the most influential.The current legal infrastructure in the People's Republic of China was heavily influenced by Soviet Socialist law, which essentially inflates administrative law at the expense of private law rights.Due to rapid industrialisation, today China is undergoing a process of reform, at least in terms of economic, if not social and political, rights.The most intact copy of these stelae was discovered in the 19th century by British Assyriologists, and has since been fully transliterated and translated into various languages, including English, Italian, German, and French.The Old Testament dates back to 1280 BC and takes the form of moral imperatives as recommendations for a good society.Ancient Egyptian law, dating as far back as 3000 BC, contained a civil code that was probably broken into twelve books.