Legal Information Institute for China?

The Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) have been spearheading the free access to law movement throughout the world. Until recently, China has been conspicuously absent from the family of LIIs; however, that may soon change.

The Internet Law Review (网络法律评论) from Peking University Law School is working on an upcoming article that focuses on the possibility of forming a legal information institute in China. Keep an eye out for the article tentatively titled: “Law via the Internet: Why there is no LII for China.”

If you are interested in China’s development of a LII or Chinese legal research in general, you may wish to attend the the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL) Conference scheduled for Shanghai from June 11-12, 2013. CAFLL conferences offer a unique opportunity for Chinese and foreign law librarians to exchange ideas and expertise.

Additional conference information is available at the CAFLL Website:

Wishing our Chinese colleagues good luck with promoting free access to law in China.

Release of Initial Guiding Cases from the Supreme People’s Court of China

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of  China has released its first four guiding cases : two contract law and two criminal law cases.

Shanghai Zhongyuan Property Consultants Ltd. v. De-Hua Tao
This is a contract law opinion.

Wu Mei v. West Side Paper Co., Ltd. Sichuan Meishan
Also a contract law case.

Panyu Mei, Ning Bribery Case

Wang Intentional Murder Case

The SPC statement explaining the concept of guiding cases and links to the four cases in Chinese is available at :

The court announcement and additional information in Chinese can be found at:

Stay tuned to Legal Research Plus for news about English translations and commentary on the initial batch of SPC Guiding Cases.


Journal: Recent Trends of Law and Regulation in Korea

The South Korean Ministry of Justice is publishing a new current awareness publication: Recent Trends of Law and Regulation in Korea. Volume 1 was released in Summer 2010. The inaugural issue includes a three page appendix of useful links to government agencies, law schools, and organizations.

Table of Contents  Vol.1, No.1 (2010)

Message from the Minister

Law and Regulation:

Enactments and Amendments of Law

Court Decisions

Introduction of the Policies of the Ministry of Justice:

Crackdown on the Distribution of Pirated Copyright Material

Establishing of Labor Relations and Strike Culture

that Respect Law s and Principles

Expert Column:

The Maturing Korean Legal Market

Immigration Information of Korea for Investors:

Information for Investment in Korea

Invest Korea:

Foreign Investment Ombudsman System

Introduction of the Korean Legal System:

Korean Legislative System and Procedures

The Constitution


Government Departments, Law Schools, Public Enterprises

“Korea Times” article on the new publication:

Index Database to Japanese Laws, Regulations and Bills

From one of the latest issues of the National Diet Library Newsletter (No. 173, June 2010)

In May 2010, the Index Database to Japanese Laws, Regulations and Bills (Japanese only) was renewed.

Along with the Index Database to Laws and Regulations in early Meiji Japan (Japanese only), this database makes searchable information on Japanese laws from the formation of modern nation to the present.

  • Improvements are as follows:
  • ■Texts of the laws and regulations provided by national institutions via the Internet are linked and referable from index information.
  • ■Information on the bills introduced in the Imperial Diet (1890 to 1947) is added.
  • ■Other improvements
  • URL of the index information is fixed, which enables the users to bookmark a specific law or regulation.
  • Link to the Index Database to Laws and Regulations in early Meiji Japan is established.

Index Database to Japanese Laws, Regulations and Bills (Japanese language only)

  • Popular names of laws and regulations and classification of active laws are shown in the search results.
  • East Asian Law Journal

    Airiti Press of Taiwan has released the inaugural issue of the East Asian Law Journal , which will publish articles in English and Chinese. Two issues published per year. Editorial Board members hail from National Taiwan University.

    East Asian Law Journal  東亞法學評論

    Vo.l1 No. 1. March 2010.

    Table of Contents

    Where Does Law Originate From.

    Adoption and Further Developments of the Concept of Militant Democracy in Taiwan.

    The Case Flexibility Compromises Stability of Law: A Decade Review of Taiwanese Supreme Court Criminal Judgments.

    Constitutionalism in Germany.

    Poland’s History and Adoption of the Constitutional Law

    An Introductory Note on the 2009 New Act to Amend the Antimonopoly Act and the Exclusionary Private Monopolization.

    GlobalEconomic Crisis and Competition Law.

    Financial Regulatory Reform in the Post-Crisis Era.

    Asian AIDS Law Database

    Asia Catalyst has launched the Asian AIDS Law Database

    From the description and press release

    This database presents and links to English-language information about HIV/AIDS-related statutes from countries in Asia. Chinese-language information is provided where available. The database is a

    free, user-friendly resource, searchable in Chinese and English, to help researchers to find HIV/AIDS-related statutes throughout Asia. It is the first database exclusively dedicated to this purpose. The database has over 100 records, ranging from Cambodia’s draft law on drug control to the national policy on HIV/AIDS of Bangladesh. 

    Asia Catalyst is a US-based resource for grassroots organizations working on HIV/AIDS in Asia.

    hat tip : Professor Donald Clarke

    Oseo: South Korean Legal Database

    Oseo is  a Korean legal database. Although it charges for its content, Oseo also provides some free content, including links to  legal forms, legal news, law libraries, databases of case law and statutes, and legal guides.  All information is available exclusively in Korean.

    Cambodian Legislation in English

    The Center for Social Development in Phnom Phen has posted unofficial English translations of a few Cambodian statutes, including the constitution. Examples include land law, lawyer status law, criminal procedure law, and  law on  press regime.

    Center for Social Development – National Legal  Instruments



    Afghanistan Legal Education Project

    Stanford Law School just launched the Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) Web site. Here you find the ALEP Blog, links, and full-text of publications, including “Introduction to the Law of Afghanistan” and “Introduction to Commercial Law of Afghanistan.” Additional resources are planned for the future.

    Afghanistan Legal Education Project

    About  ALEP

    Founded in 2007, the Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) at Stanford Law School is dedicated to developing innovative legal curricula to help Afghanistan’s universities train the next generation of lawyers and leaders.
    Afghanistan’s legal sector requires urgent attention. While other institutions are transitioning more quickly, reconstruction of the legal system lags behind. At the heart of this problem is a dire shortage of qualified lawyers. Because the assistance of skilled practitioners is crucial to the efforts of the people of Afghanistan to reconstitute their justice system, training the attorneys that will guide the rebuilding of Afghanistan is of chief importance. The students of today in Afghanistan are also the leaders of today, and familiarity with the justice system is essential for them to work in government, business, and virtually any other field.
    In 2007-08, ALEP developed an introductory textbook on the laws of Afghanistan based on Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution and current legal codes. It was the first legal textbook specifically on the law of Afghanistan created in the last thirty years. Afghan and international law experts reviewed the textbook at a symposium hosted by Stanford University and during a trip by the ALEP team to Kabul in March 2008. The textbook is the foundation of the first Legal Studies class at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).
    Already, over fifty students have taken the class, which was taught by Professor Mohammad Haroon Mutasem, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University and Lecturer in Law at AUAF. The introductory text will be available for free in Dari and Pashto by August 2009.
    A common refrain among the students enrolled in the introductory law class was that they want still more offerings. To that end, in 2008-09, ALEP has continued to refine the introductory textbook and has drafted two new textbooks—one on commercial law and the other on criminal law. The textbooks will be taught in two new courses at AUAF in the fall and spring semesters 2009-2010, forming the core requirements of a certificate in law from AUAF.
    In addition to writing textbooks, the ALEP team is in constant contact with rule of law experts in the region and at home in the United States. The project has forged a close alliance with the Afghanistan Legal Educators project at the University of Washington, of which Professor Mutasem is a graduate. In the future, ALEP will continue to write and develop textbooks and teaching materials for free distribution to AUAF and around Afghanistan

    Tsinghua China Law Review

    We have received the inaugural  issue of Tsinghua China Law Review. Wishing Carlton Willey and the folks at Tsinghua Law School the best of luck with their new journal.

    Tsinghua China Law Review

    Table of Contents, Volume 1 Number1, Spring 2009

    The Necessity of Codification of China’s Private International Law: A Study from the Perspective of the Historical Development of Chinese Conflicts Law

    CHEN Weizuo, Tsinghua Law School

    Gathering Momentum for US-China Cooperation on Climate Change

     Steve Wolfson, US Environmental Protection Agency

    A Comparative Study of Lawyers’ Ethics in the US and PRC: Attorney-Client Privilege and Duty of Confidentiality  

    XI Xu, Baker & McKenzie LLP

    A Look at China’s Antidumping Policies and Practices  

    R. Shane McNamara, UCLA School of Law

    Law and Literature in the Tang Dynasty: Imperial Scholar Bai Juyi and the Concept of Panwen

    Norman P. Ho, Harvard University

    The Conflict and Harmony on Interpretation of
    Hong Kong Basic Law

    WANG Xuanwei, Tsinghua Law School

    For additional information, see our earlier post on the journal