chinese law

Prof. Peter K. Yu

Washington & Lee University School of Law

Spring 2009



reference works

Basic Texts

  • Albert H.Y. Chen, An Introduction to the Legal System of the People’s Republic of China (3d ed. 2004)

  • Jianfu Chen, Chinese Law: Context and Transformation (2008)

  • China Law Deskbook: A Legal Guide for Foreign-Invested Enterprises (James M. Zimmerman ed., 2d ed., 2005)

  • Chinese Law (Wang Guiguo & John Mo eds., 1999)

  • Daniel C. K. Chow, The Legal System of the People's Republic of China in a Nutshell (2003)

  • Introduction to Chinese Law (Wang Chenguang & Zhang Xianchu eds., 1997)

General Titles

  • China's Legal System: New Developments, New Challenges (Donald C. Clarke ed., 2008)

  • Deborah Cao, Chinese Law: A Language Perspective (2004)

  • Gray L. Dorsey, Jurisculture: China (1993)

  • Economic Analysis of Law in China (Thomas Eger, Michael Faure & Zhang Naigen eds., 2007)

  • Engaging the Law in China: State, Society, and Possibilities for Justice (Neil J. Diamant, Stanley B. Lubman & Kevin J. O'Brien eds., 2005)

  • Stanley Lubman, Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China After Mao (2000)

  • Pitman B Potter, The Chinese Legal System: Globalization and Local Legal Culture (2001)

  • Xin Ren, Tradition of the Law and Law of the Tradition: Law, State, and Social Control in China (1997)

  • Understanding China's Legal System (C. Stephen Hsu ed., 2003)

Legal Histories

  • Kathryn Bernhardt, Women and Property in China, 960-1949 (1999)

  • Derk Bodde & Clarence Morris, Law in Imperial China (1973)

  • Civil Law in Qing and Republican China (Kathryn Bernhardt & Philip C. Huang eds., 1994)

  • Philip Huang, Civil Justice in China: Representation and Practice in the Qing (1998)

  • Philip Huang, Code, Custom, and Legal Practice in China: The Qing and the Republic Compared (2001)

  • William C. Jones, The Great Qing Code: A New Translation (1994)

  • Brian E. McKnight, Law and Order in Sung China (2007)

  • The Tang Code (Wallace Johnson trans., Princeton Univ. Press 1997)

  • Matthew Sommer, Sex, Law, and Society in Late Imperial China (2000)

  • Madeleine Zelin, Johnathan Ocko & Robert Gardella, Contract and Property in Early Modern China (2004)

Legal Reforms and the Rule of Law

  • Ronald C. Brown, Understanding Chinese Court and Legal Process: Law with Chinese Characteristics (1997)

  • China's Legal Reforms (Stanley Lubman ed., 1996)

  • China's Legal Reforms and Their Political Limits (Ingrid Hooghe ed., 2001)

  • Domestic Law Reforms in Post-Mao China (Pitman B. Potter ed., 1994)

  • Ronald C. Keith, China’s Struggle for the Rule of Law (1994)

  • Ronald C. Keith & Zhiqiu Lin, Law and Justice in China's New Marketplace (2001)

  • Kevin J. O'Brien, Reform without Liberalization: China's National People's Congress and the Politics of Institutional Change (2008)

  • Kevin J. O'Brien & Lianjiang Li, Rightful Resistance in Rural China (2006)

  • Randall Peerenboom, China Modernizes: Threat to the West or Model for the Rest? (2007)

  • Randall Peerenboom, China's Long March toward Rule of Law (2002)

  • Pitman Potter, From Leninist Discipline to Socialist Legalism: Peng Zhen on Law and Political Authority in the PRC (2003)

  • Murray Scott Tanner, The Politics of Lawmaking in Post-Mao China: Institutions, Processes and Democratic Prospects (1999)

  • The Limits of the Rule of Law in China (Karen G. Turner et al. eds., 2000)

  • Young Nam Cho, Local People's Congresses in China: Development and Transition (2008)

  • Suisheng Zhao, Debating Political Reform in China: Rule of Law vs. Democratization (2006)


  • Daniel A. Bell, China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society (2008)

  • Daniel A. Bell & Hahm Chaibong, Confucianism for the Modern World (2003)

  • Berthron, Confucianism: A Short Introduction (2000)

  • Annping Chin, The Authentic Confucius: A Life of Thought and Politics (2007)

  • Confucianism and Chinese Civilization (Arthur F. Wright ed., 1964)

  • Confucianism for the Modern World (Daniel A. Bell & Hahm Chaibong, eds., 2003)

  • The Psychology of the Chinese People (Michael Harris Bond ed., 1986)

  • T.R. Reid, Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West (2000)

  • Understanding the Chinese Mind: The Philosophical Roots (Robert E. Allinson ed., 1991)

  • Xinzhong Yao, An Introduction to Confucianism (2000)

Human Rights

  • Stephen C. Angle, Human Rights in Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry (2002)

  • Daniel A. Bell, East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia (2000)

  • Confucianism and Human Rights (Wm. Theodore de Bary & Tu Weiming eds., 1998)

  • Wm. Theodore de Bary, Asian Values and Human Rights: A Confucian Communitarian Perspective (2000)

  • The East Asian Challenge for Human Rights (Joanne R. Bauer & Daniel A. Bell eds., 1999)

  • Randle R. Edwards, Louis Henkin & Andrew J. Nathan, Human Rights in Contemporary China (1986)

  • Human Rights and Chinese Values: Legal, Philosophical, and Political Perspectives (Michael C. Davis ed., 1995)

  • Ann Kent, Between Freedom and Subsistence: China and Human Rights (1995)

  • Ann E. Kent, China, the United Nations, and Human Rights: The Limits of Compliance (1999)

  • Marina Svensson, Debating Human Rights in China: A Conceptual and Political History (2002)

  • The Chinese Human Rights Reader: Documents and Commentary 1900-2000 (Stephen Angle & Marina Svensson eds., 2002)

Intellectual Property

  • William Alford, To Steal a Book Is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (1997)

  • Peter Feng, Intellectual Property in China (2d ed., 2003)

  • Peter Ganea & Thomas Pattloch, Intellectual Property Law in China (2005)

  • Intellectual Property and TRIPS Compliance in China: Chinese and European Perspectives (Paul Torremans, Hailing Shan & Johan Erauw eds., 2007)

  • Andrew C. Mertha, The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China (2007)

  • Catherine Sun, China Intellectual Property for Foreign Business (2004)

  • LokeKhoon Tan, Trademark Law in China: Pirates in the Middle Kingdom--The Ensuing Trademark Battle (2d ed. 2007)

  • Wei Shi, Intellectual Property in the Global Trading System: EU-China Perspective (2008)

  • Hong Xue & Chengsi Zheng, Chinese Intellectual Property Law in the 21st Century (2002)

Selected Topics

  • Sarah Biddulph, Legal Reform and Administrative Detention Powers in China (2008)

  • China and the World Trading System: Entering the New Millennium (Deborah Z. Cass, Brett G. Williams & George Barker eds., 2003)

  • Daniel Chow, Primer on Foreign Investment Enterprises and Protection of Intellectual Property in China (2002)

  • Jerome Alan Cohen, The Criminal Process in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1963: An Introduction (1968)

  • Peter Ho, Institutions in Transition: Land Ownership, Property Rights and Social Conflict in China (2005)

  • Hilary K. Josephs, Labor Law in China (2003)

  • Ron Keith, New Crime in China Public Order and Human Rights (2006)

  • Jeffrey Kinkley, Chinese Justice, the Fiction: Law and Literature in Modern China (2000)

  • Vai Io Lo, Law and Investment in China: The Legal and Business Environments after China's WTO Accession (2005)

  • Jean Oi & Andrew Walder, Property Rights and Economic Reform in China (1999)

  • Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia (William P. Alford ed., 2008)

  • Patrick A. Randolph & Lou Jianbo, Chinese Real Estate Law (2002)

  • Benjamin van Rooij, Regulating Land and Pollution in China, Lawmaking, Compliance and Enforcement: Theory and Cases (2006)

  • Xin Zhang, International Trade Regulation in China: Law and Policy (2006)

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