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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 provides some useful resources for the study of Chinese law and important materials available through Harvard Library and the Harvard Law School Library.  If you have reference questions on Chinese law, you may request a research consultation, or email our Reference Department 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

General research guides for Chinese studies are also valuable sources for the study of Chinese law.