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Chinese (PRC) & Hong Kong Law

Chinese Legal Research

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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.

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).

Image courtesy of Juriglobe

See also: 

General Country Information

The following resources provide background information about China - history, politics and government, geography, demographics, economy etc.

Rule of Law in China


World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - Country Profile for China 

Thomas E Kellogg, 'Rule of law in Asia: The Case of China' - chapter 29 in:

Doing Business in China

Guide Author 

This Research Guide is created and maintained by the MLS Academic Research Service, Melbourne Law School.

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