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Chinese Legal System


Spring Semester

Type of Course




Course Contents

Session 1 the Basic Structure of Chinese Legal System

Session 2 the Development of Rule of Law and Judicial Reform in Contemporary China

Session 3 Chinese Criminal Law 

Session 4 Chinese Criminal Procedure Law 

Session 5 Chinese Economic Laws 

Session 6 Chinese Company Laws

Session 7 Chinese Constitution and Administration Law 

Session 8 Chinese Civil Law 

Session 9 Chinese Contract Law  

Session 10 Chinese Property Law 

Session 11 Chinese Bankruptcy Law 

Session 12 Chinese Bureaucracy Reform 

Session 13 Chinese property rights system reform 

Session 14 Chinese civil dispute resolution Session 15 Chinese Civil Procedure law  

Textbook/Recommended Reading

Textbook (reserved in the library circulation):

Concise Chinese Law, Zhu, Y.K., Law Press (2007)

Supplemental Reading Articles:

China’s Corporatization Experiment, Fang, L.F., 5 Duke J. Comp. & Int’l L. 149 (1995)

Corporate Governance in China: Then and Now, Cindy A. Schipani & Liu, J.H., 2002 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 1 (2002)

The Independent Director in Chinese Corporate Governance, Donald C. Clarke, 31 Del. J. Corp. L. 125 (2006)

The Fledgling Securities Fraud Litigation in China, Guo L. & Allan V. Y. Ong, H.K.L.J. (2009)

Stanley Lubman, Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China after Mao, Stanford University Press, 1999.

Randall Peerenboom, China’s Long March Towards Rule of Law, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Klaus Muehlhan, Criminal Justice in China: A History, Harvard University Press, 2009.

Mi Zhou & Shizhou Wang, Criminal Law, Supplement 21 People’s Republic of China, International Encyclopedia of Laws, Kluwer Law International --The Hague, 2001

Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China & Criminal Procedure of the People’s Republic of China, as well as their supplementary and others readings (available on

Course Evaluation

You are supposed to submit a 3-5 page essay, at least 1,500 words in total, the bibliography not included, on whatever topic the course Chinese Legal System covers at the end of the semester.




This course is co-lectured by several teachers from Law School.