LEGISLATION against graft will not soon be ready to go before the national legislature, a law professor at Beijing University said yesterday. It will be at least three years before the proposed Anti-corruption and Bribery Law can be adopted on the mainland, Chu Huaizhi told the Sunday Morning Post during an academic seminar in Hong Kong. Two other pieces of legislation - the Civil Servants Law and a law on income declaration by civil servants - are unlikely to enter the statute book by next year, according to Mr Chu. China's legal fraternity has called for a new law and the setting up of a special taskforce to fight the corruption which has swept the country in the past decade. According to Mr Chu, work began on drafting these laws almost four years ago. Work on the Anti-Corruption and Bribery Law was speeded up last March and many university experts were enlisted to help. But Mr Chu said the process had now been 'relaxed for various reasons'. It is thought the delay is partly because legislators have given priority to economic laws. Mr Chu said the idea of setting up a special force like the Independent Commission Against Corruption was not practical in China. 'The ICAC is only accountable to one person, that is the Hong Kong Governor, and that's why the ICAC is so powerful,' Mr Chu explained. 'But in China, it can't be possible.' In a written paper the professor prepared for the seminar, Mr Chu suggested China should commit itself to the strict enforcement of the law, adopt a broader definition of bribes and set up a system for senior officials to declare their income and properties. Meanwhile, a code of conduct should be issued, including rules requiring cadres and officials to withdraw from situations where they face a conflict of interest. Another speaker at the seminar, Zhang Xiaoqin, a senior editor of the Beijing University Press, said a key to China's corruption problem was public supervision. Beijing leaders have reaffirmed their commitment in fighting graft and pledged to conclude major cases, including the scandal involving former Beijing Party boss Chen Xitong, soon.