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People's Republic of China Legal Research

This guide provides an overview of some of the best resources for Chinese legal research in both Chinese and English.


Welcome to our People's Republic of China Legal Research Guide. This guide gathers some of the best sources for background on Chinese legal research as well as the best Chinese legal research materials available through the Harvard Law School Library. If you would like help with your research, please feel free to contact Nongji Zhang ( or Carli Spina (, request a research consultation, or email us at

Chinese Legal System

The Chinese legal system is a socialist system of law based primarily on the Civil Law model. The diagram below from the Law Library of Congress illustrates the structure of the Chinese court system:

Chinese Court Structure

The following sources provide a good introduction to the Chinese legal structure:

Chinese Studies Research Guide

Research Guides for Chinese Studies are also valuable sources for the study of Chinese law.