law2icl introduction to chinese law




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to the basic concepts and structures of Chinese law and their political and administrative context. It starts with a general survey of legal culture and legal development in China. This will be followed by a general introduction to the legal system/institutions of the PRC. Structures and principles of the Chinese constitutional, administrative, civil, and criminal laws are then explained. Law-making and sources of law, methods of rights protection, roles of law in social and economic development, and mechanisms for dispute resolution etc are carefully examined throughout the subject.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJianfu Chen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is only offered in China in January/February each year. Entrance into the course is by application only. Application forms are available from and submitted to the Faculty Student Services Office, Donald Whitehead Building 208. They can also be downloaded from the School's home page

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChinese Law: Context and TransformationPrescribedJianfu, CLEIDEN / BOSTON: MARTINUS NIJHOFF PUBLISHERS 2008

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 02-03, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJianfu Chen

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 02 - 03
Four 10.0 days lecture/workshop per day on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 03 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Visits to Chinese courts, procuratorates and government organisations. Subject to be taught in English."


Assessment elementComments%
class participation10
one 4,000-word research essay90