Several libraries have created useful research guides on Chinese Legal Research. If you don't find what you are looking for on this guide, you should also take a look at these other research guides.
Welcome to our Chinese 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carli Spina (email@example.com), request a research consultation, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
The following sources provide a good introduction to the Chinese legal structure:
- The Law Library of Congress' Introduction to China's Legal Structure
- A Brief Introduction to the Legal System of China by Prof. Fischer of the Catholic University of America
- Overview of the Chinese Legal System from Vermont Law School
- China’s Political Institutions and Leaders in Charts by Susan V. Lawrence, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service.
- The Legal system of China from Pkulaw.com
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