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China & Hong Kong Legal Research Guide: Introduction to Chinese Legal Research

This guide will assist with Chinese legal research. For information on more general Chinese studies research, see the University's Chinese Studies Research Guide. For information on researching the specific legal topic of Chinese competition law, see the Law Library's Global Competition and Consumer Law China tab.

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Beginning Chinese Legal Research

The following tips can help you in your research:

  • Use secondary sources - see the Books, Journals and Theses page of this Guide for more information on print and electronic books and journals on Chinese law held by the University, and useful journal databases.
  • Browse the law library shelves at KT 4221 for general books on Chinese law.

This Research Guide is maintained by Robin Gardner, MLS Academic Research Service, Melbourne Law School. Please contact Robin at law-academicresearch@unimelb.edu.au with corrections, suggestions or comments about the Guide.

Chinese Legal System

LawInfoChina provides a detailed overview in English of the Chinese Legal System (open access).

The China ABC section of the English part of the The State Council of the People's Republic of China website contains information on the Supreme People's Court, the legislative and legal systems, the government, and Ministry documents.

The Foreign Law Guide (UniMelb staff & student access) provides a useful overview and history of the Chinese legal system, and information for doing Chinese legal research. 

China's legal system is a mix of civil and traditional law. See Juriglobe for further information(open access).

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