Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sue the Chinese government, get hacked. Plus, the Cybersitter complaint.

That's what happened to the lawyers for Cybersitter, the California software developer that's suing the PRC government (among others) on charges they pirated Cybersitter's software in developing Green Dam. Here's the report.

Rich Kuzlan's AsiaBizBlog has also posted the complaints in the case. Here are the links:

January 14, 2010 in Commentary, News - Chinese Law, News - Miscellaneous, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Chinese law on the iPhone

Not, regrettably, this blog, but the China Law Blog. You can download the app from the iTunes store here. While I can't speak to the technical quality of the app, I can highly recommend the content.

January 14, 2010 in Other, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

More on the Google/China affair: Google's statement in Chinese

Monday, January 4, 2010

Chinese art law web site and newsletter

For those interested in Chinese art law - I know there's at least a few of you out there - there's a new web site and newsletter, China Art Law, set up by Nancy Murphy, an attorney in Beijing.

January 4, 2010 in News - Miscellaneous, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New CSRC rule on avoidance

I've recently started following (and recommend) the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report blog. The other day it reported on a new rule of avoidance promulgated by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Officials who leave the CSRC cannot work for regulated parties for a period of three years (senior officials) or two years (others) (Chinese source here). A problem, however, is that apparently the rule is not enforceable by any third party. The only way it can be enforced seems to be via the CSRC's giving a hard time to violators and their employers if they ever need action on something from the CSRC (the rule itself speaks of "giving the cold shoulder to" (冷淡对待) such people). This could be effective in many cases and is a cheap enforcement mechanism. On the other hand, if the problem is that people who leave the CSRC for the private sector are valuable because they have friends and contacts remaining in the CSRC who will do them favors, how can we be confident that those friends and contacts will follow the "cold shoulder" rule?

November 7, 2009 in Commentary, News - Chinese Law, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chinese law journals in English

There's been some discussion recently on the Chinalaw list about Chinese law journals in English. Here's a list of those the community knows about, with comments taken from list members' comments:

  • Frontiers of Law in China: Selected Publications from Chinese Universities, Jointly published by the Chinese Higher Education Press and Springer, 2006-, irregularly. 
Most of the members of the editorial board of this scholarly journal are from the Law School of Renmin University of China. They select and translate academic papers on law published in China. The journal is available both in print and online at 
  • China Legal Science, Beijing: China Legal Science Journal Press, 2001-, annual.

This English annual journal is published by the same press that publishes the Chinese bimonthly Zhongguo Faxue (中国法学). This journal presents English translations of some good articles selected from its sister publication, Zhonguo Faxue. Both journals are the official publications of the China Law Society. The Harvard Law Library has it up to 2003; it seems to have ceased publication after that.

The link I've provided is to a page offering subscriptions. It claims quite falsely that this is the "FIRST and ONLY" law journal published by China's finest law school. Other journals published by the law faculty are Zhong-Wai Faxue (中外法学) and Beida Faxue Pinglun (北大法学评论); the latter began in 1998.

September 17, 2009 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Republic of China's legal team at the Tokyo War Crimes trials

Chinalaw list member Glenn Tiffert writes (I quote with his permission):

I finally carved out the time to watch 《丧钟为谁而鸣》(For Whom Does the Death Knell Toll), a very well-done PRC documentary on the Tokyo War Crimes trials, the impressive (Republican) Chinese legal team that took part and the background to some of the crimes charged.  It includes outstanding historical footage.  I highly recommend it.  For those interested, all seven parts are on, the first here:

July 30, 2009 in Commentary, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chinese bankruptcy resources

I recently discovered a good resource on Chinese bankruptcy law (in English) that is probably not well known: the web site of the International Insolvency Institute. They have a page full of papers by scholars such as Shi Jingxia and Wang Weiguo.

November 26, 2008 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (2)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Research guide to Hong Kong law

Just published, courtesy of Roy Sturgeon and Sergio Stone; available here.

September 13, 2008 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

List of on-line Chinese law databases

Flora Sapio has generously taken the time to compile and post a great list of databases on her blog; available here. (HT: Otto Malmgren.)

July 16, 2008 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

CECC translation of indictment of Hu Jia

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China has published a translation of the indictment of Hu Jia; it's available here.

May 27, 2008 in News - Chinese Law, People and Institutions, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Chinese blog on re-education through labor

Here's a cool Chinese-language blog of which I recently became aware: the "Re-Education Through Labor" (劳动教养) blog. It's blocked from China (this really shouldn't be a problem for most people any more, given proxy servers, virtual private networks, etc.), but has an RSS feed that works without any need for fancy software if you can just get to the site once to sign up for it.

HT: Otto Malmgren.

March 23, 2008 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (3)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bibliography of Western-language works on Chinese law

For the last few years, Knut Benjamin Pissler of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private Law and Private International Law in Hamburg has compiled an annual bibliography of Western-language works on Chinese law. These bibliographies have been published in the Zeitschrift fuer Chinesisches Recht/Journal of Chinese Law published by the German-Chinese Lawyers Association.

Benjamin is currently working on the 2007 edition, and I will post that shortly. I recently realized, however, that I had never posted the last two years' editions. They are below.

February 28, 2008 in Publications, Research Resources | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, November 30, 2007

EPA - China Environmental Law Initiative Web site

Here's the first paragraph of the EPA's press release:

In an effort to strengthen the legal framework for environmental protection in China, EPA today launched the EPA - China Environmental Law Initiative Web site. The Web site, announced by EPA General Counsel Roger R. Martella, will provide a forum for sharing information and fostering an ongoing dialogue with China on environmental law.

Full text here.

The Web site itself is here; portions have been translated into Chinese and are available here.

November 30, 2007 in News - Chinese Law, News - Miscellaneous, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, September 7, 2007

New Chinese law-related blog

Dr. Flora Sapio, a researcher at Lund University in Sweden, has a blog called "Forgotten Archipelagoes" that is mostly about detention in China but, as she says, not just detention, and not just in China. Check out the right hand side of the blog page for interesting links.

September 7, 2007 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

China Financial Markets blog

For those interested in - you guessed it - Chinese financial markets, I highly recommend Michael Pettis's blog, China Financial Markets. Pettis is a former New York-based investment banker and adjunct professor at Columbia who now teaches full time at Beijing University's Guanghua School of Management. The blog also comments frequently on issues in US-China financial relations such as the valuation of the Renminbi and the bilateral trade balance. I think it's an excellent antidote to much of the complete nonsense that passes for common knowledge in both Beijing and Washington. See, for example, the series of posts entitled "Good for the US, Less Good for China."

August 12, 2007 in Commentary, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The death penalty in China

The latest newsletter of the Duihua Foundation has a good report on recent reforms in the death penalty regime, as well as some interesting statistics from Yunnan. Among other things, the report estimates (unfortunately without citing a source) that there were only one or two thousand executions in the early 1980s; informed estimates (cited in the report) for 2005 and 2006 put the numbers at about 8000 and 7000 respectively.

February 6, 2007 in Commentary, Publications, Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sources on antimonopoly law in China

[This is a re-posting of a previous post; important new material has been added at the end.]

Thanks to Adam Bobrow for this recent post to the Chinalaw list:

Anyone interested in the drafting process, changes over time, recommendations provided, and comparisons with much of the competition law in more mature jursidictions should review the submissions of the American Bar Association, through several of its Sections including International, Antitrust, and Intellectual Property, to the Chinese government on the draft law.  The comments and annotated translations of the law from both a 2003 draft and a 2005 draft can be found on the ABA's website:

To this list I can add the following:

November 17, 2006 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Baidu offers Chinese law database

Thanks to Jonathan Ocko for bringing to my attention Baidu's Chinese law database, apparently offered in collaboration with Beida's

I invite readers to check the database out for themselves and see how they like it; please let other readers know by leaving a comment to this post.

September 12, 2006 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Research guides to Chinese law

I have compiled a list of on-line guides to research in Chinese law and posted a link on the left sidebar to this blog under "Research Guides and Other Resources". (Formerly there was a link only to Wei Luo's excellent guide, the Internet Chinese Legal Research Center.)

For those too lazy to move their cursor a few inches to the left, here's the link.

September 12, 2006 in Research Resources | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)