Chinese Legal Research

Guide to print and online sources on Chinese (PRC) Law.

Introduction

Chinese Legal Research in the Heafey Law Library 

The Heafey Law Library’s holdings of Chinese law in print are limited. Most of our Chinese legal books deal with intellectual property and business law issues. Browse the shelves at KNQ -- the Library of Congress Classification for Chinese Law -- or seach OSCAR -- the SCU library catalog -- by call number, entering KNQ as the call number.

Note the Location in each OSCAR record. Some materials are in the Open Reserve Room (Stauffer Collection). Some materials may be at the Santa Clara University Library.

Possible subject searches in OSCAR are:

A great deal of current information about the Chinese legal system is available in Journal Articles. The Heafey Law Library subscribes to LexisNexis China, a database of Chinese law, in the vernacular and in translation. There is a great deal of Chinese law available on the Internet, including some Research Guides to help you locate Chinese legal information online. Be careful to check whether online sources are current and authoritative. There are other Bay Area Law Libraries with substantial Chinese law collections and there are two wonderful East Asian libraries an hour or so from the Santa Clara campus.

We hope this guide will help you begin your research into Chinese law. For more information, contact Research Services:  554-4452, lawref@scu.edu.