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

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. tba

Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Week 03-09, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJianfu Chen

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 03 - 05
Twelve 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 03 to week 05 and delivered via blended.
"11-22 January 2016"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
class participation10
one 4,000-word research essay90 01