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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Many libraries or librarians 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.
General research guides for Chinese studies are also valuable sources for the study of Chinese law.