*Legislation on China’s civil code has formally begun. The civil code is a collection of laws designed to cover individual rights. Through the code, China hopes to “establish a country under the rule of law with better protection for civil rights”, reported Xinhua on July 4. There are two steps needed to *codify the laws. The first is to legislate the general rules, and the second is to *integrate separate, existing civil laws into the code, which is expected to be *enacted in 2020.