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Karla Simon

Karla Simon and Holly Snape 24 January 2017

Charitable giving in China in a new legislative environment

China has been faulted for having an extremely low rate of charitable giving. In the Charities Aid Foundation’s 2015 “World Giving Index” China ranked 144th out of 145 – spared a last place finish only …

Karla Simon 22 March 2016

Charity Law in China

The National Peoples’ Congress passed the Charity Law on the last day of its 2016 session, with 92.49 per cent of delegates voting in favor of the law. It passed on the same day as …

Karla Simon 23 November 2015

The Charity Law Receives New Life

After a long, quiet summer of no developments on the ‘Charity Law,’ it was suddenly presented for a first reading in the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the end of October.   The comment period is …

Karla Simon 15 April 2015

Contradictions in CSO regulation in China

Contradictions exist because of the Foreign NGO Law and its intersection with the more recently available draft Charity Law released by the government, which I have been invited to comment on. The Charity Law draft …

Karla Simon 13 March 2015

Charity law in China

Premier Li Keqiang, in the annual Government Work Report to the National People’s Congress, specifically mentioned that the government plans to promote charities in 2015.  This is consistent with other developments that have been occurring …

1 Karla Simon 28 January 2015

Move to regulate foreign NGOs in China

In China the first attempt to enact a comprehensive legal framework regulating foreign NGOs is being carried out. This event has received a lot of attention from foreign media and will have. a direct impact …

Karla Simon 20 November 2014

The definition of charity: implications for direct registration

One of the problematic issues that has arisen in the local jurisdictions we at ICCSL are studying with respect to the impact of the new direct registration regulations in China has been an imprecise understanding …

1 Karla Simon 6 November 2014

Reflections from China: charities and advocacy

Having completed my latest set of comments for the China Philanthropy Research Institute (CPRI) on its ‘Charity Law’ draft (latest version July 2014; the work was commissioned by the Asia Foundation), I feel it is …

Karla Simon 25 September 2014

Qualifying a ‘people’s organization’ as a public benefit organization in China

As Chinese academics and the government seek to devise a system under the proposed ‘charity’ or public benefit law for adoption by the National People’s Congress in the coming years, the question of how ‘people’s …

1 Karla Simon 9 July 2014

Charity law in China

A recent busy visit to Beijing disclosed that much is happening on the ‘charity’ law front, with many other ancillary developments regarding the three regulations (san tiaoli). Beginning first with those, I will analyze where …