Corporate Social Responsibility in China

China CSR Map provides information on organizations, corporations and individuals involved in corporate social responsibility. Information is available in English and Chinese. The site also provides links to international CSR codes and organizations.

China CSR Map

China Law Libraries Online

The Law Librarians of China (China Law Libraries Online) have revamped their Web site.   All content is in Chinese, but they expect to post English language materials in the near future.  Hat tip to Wei Luo.

The China Law Libraries Online Web site does post links to 17 major law school libraries in China:


Peking University School of Law, Law Library


Tsinghua University School of Law Library


Chinese People’s University Law School Library


Sun Yat-sen University School of Law Library


Chongqing University School of Law Library


Chongqing University School of Law Library


Hunan University School of Law Library


Nanjing University School of Law Library


Xiamen University Library Law Library #4


Wuhan University Law School Library


Sichuan University School of Law Library


Yantai University School of Law Library


Shanxi University School of Law Library


Liaoning University School of Law Library


Jilin University Research Center for Theory of Law Library


Jilin University Research Center for Theory of Law Library


Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law Library


China Law Libraries Online

Changes to Publishing Industry in China

From Today’s Financial Times

Beijing in pledge to end publishing sector monopoly

China’s Communist government yesterday pledged to end the monopoly held by state publishing houses by allowing private companies to produce books legally for the first time in more than half a century.

The General Administration of Press and Publications, the industry regulator, said the government would “encourage and support non-public capital” and “make non-public publishers an important component” of the Chinese language book industry.

“This is a historic moment because, ever since the 1950s, China has insisted that all book publishing be state-run,” said Xue Ye, secretary-general of the China Private Book Industry Committee, set up in 2000 ahead of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation.


Tsinghua China Law Review

Tsinghua Law School, the MIT of China, has a new English language law journal: Tsinghua China Law Review. The first issue is due later this year.

tap tip to Carlton Willey, the editor -in-chief.

From the official announcment:

The Tsinghua China Law Review is a new law journal at the Tsinghua University

School of Law in Beijing, China. The TCLR is an English‐language academic journal

aimed at a global audience, publishing articles on legal topics relating to China. The

TCLR Board of Editors is a collaborative effort between foreign students in the

Tsinghua LLM Program in Chinese Law and Chinese students at the Tsinghua School

of Law. The journal will follow a U.S. law journal format. It will be published biannually

and distributed to subscribers in the U.S., China, and throughout the world.


Call for Submissions

The TCLR is currently seeking high‐quality scholarly articles for its upcoming issue.

Articles should be original works of legal analysis on topics relating to Chinese law

or other legal issues that pertain to China. Citations are required for all points of

law, assertions of fact, or references to other works. Citations should be in footnotes

and formatted in accordance with the Bluebook (

Articles may be submitted by email, in Word format, to or

in hard copy, along with a CD‐ROM electronic copy, to the Tsinghua School of Law.

Kindly email the preceding address for postal information. The current Call for

Submissions is open until April 3, 2009. Submitted articles will be considered on

a rolling basis.


A Note on the Language of Publication

The main body of articles should be written in English. However, Chinese‐language

legal terminology, citations, or references to laws or other original sources may be

provided in Chinese, and will be translated by the TCLR editorial staff. In addition,

for articles that regularly reference Chinese‐language laws or other materials, the

TCLR editorial staff will translate the materials to English so that they may be

included as appendices to the article for publication.

Website: The TCLR website will be hosted by the Eastlaw service, and is currently under construction.  Once complete, from the site one can view abstracts of published articles, submit articles, subscribe to the journal, and receive information about symposia events, etc.  If you would like to subscribe to our listserv to receive periodic email updates (only critical emails, perhaps one per month), kindly send an email to with the phrase “[Subscribe TCLR listserv]” in the subject line. 

China-U.S. Conference on Legal Information & Law Libraries – registration now open

Conference and hotel Registration is now open for the China-U.S. Conference on Legal Information & Law Libraries that will be held in Beijing from May 25-30, 2009.  In addition to the formal substantive sessions, low cost tours have been arranged to the National Library of China, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about legal research in China and meet Chinese law librarians. The site of the conference is the Fragrant Hills Empark Hotel, loctaed near many of the academic libraries in Beijing.  See you in Beijing!

Conference registration:

Additional information about the conference:

Data on Chinese Legal System and Law Schools

Steve Roses and Chang Wang of  Thomson Reuters recently offered a Webinar on the Chinese Legal System and their WestlawChina database. As part of their presentation, they reported the following information about China:

1986 = 989,409 civil cases

2007 = 5,333,546 civil cases


40,000 laws and regulations issued since 1978.


Over 800 international arbitral awards each year.


143,000 attorneys in 2008 (up from 40,000 in 1993)


Lawyers per population

China  1:8.500

U.S. 1:300


Over 630 law schools and law departments with 244,121 law students.


12% pass rate for the Chinese bar exam.


Unfortunately, they did not provide sources for the information, but it does paint an interesting picture of the legal system and legal education in China. Many thanks to Steve and Chang for sharing their expertise and data.



China-EU School of Law

The new China-EU School of Law (CESL) in Beijing was created by a consortium of Chinese and EU institutions, lead by the University of Hamburg and the China University of Political Science and Law.  This offers students another opportunity for cross-cultural and international legal education.

Description from the CESL Web site:

By employing comparative approaches of legal studies and bringing international experience of legal education into China, CESL carries its mission to cultivate a new generation of legal professionals who are proficient in both Chinese and international law.
CESL offers (1) the program of Chinese Juris Master and LL. M. of EU Law (Master Programs); (2) the Professional Training Program for lawyers, judges and prosecutors and (3) Research and Consultancy Program, i.e. joint training for Ph.D. students.

China-EU School of Law

Hat tip to Knut Pissler of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.

New Book: Scholarly Communication in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan

Chandos publishing recently released a new mongraph: “Scholarly Communication in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.” This work is edited by Xia Jingfeng, a reference librarian at Rutgers. It will be interesting to see if any regional repositories, open source platforms, or informal exchanges are emerging in these East Asian jursidictions.  Hat tip to the Tao Yang at Rutgers for alerting us to this interesting new title.

Summary from the Publisher’s Website:

This is one of the very few books that systematically explores the characteristics of scholarly communication outside the West. Over the last decade the advances in information technology have remodelled the foundation of scholarly communication. This book examines how countries/regions in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan) have reacted to the innovations in the conduct of research and in the exchange of ideas. It outlines the traditional systems of scholarly exchange in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and then concentrates on the efforts of these countries/regions to provide revolutionary ways of writing, publishing, and reading of information produced by members of the academic community. It also discusses the achievements as well as challenges in the process of technology innovations, highlighting the uniqueness of practices in scholarly communication in this part of the world. 

This is the final post from the Rocky Mountain branch of Legal Research Plus. Many thanks to our friends at the University of Denver Westminster Law Library for their help these past weeks. I look forward to joining my colleagues in Palo Alto for future postings.

Reports on Asian Legal Markets from ALB Legal News

ALB Legal News magazine has generously posted free reports on the legal market in individual Asian countries. The reports cover the outlook for the legal profession in each country, as well as specific legal sectors. In 2008, they have published reports on China, Singapore, Korea, India, Vietnam and the Philippnes.

ALB Legal News Reports

Chinese Law on LexisNexis: enjoy it while you can

Without much fanfare, LexisNexis recently added the LexisNexis China Law Database with English language translations of Chinese laws and regulations. After inquiring about a Chinese language version of the database, I learned that the China Law Database appeared on academic accounts by mistake and will soon disappear. If you are attending AALL, please consider lobbying LexisNexis representatives to keep the database.  Paul and Erika’s survey research demonstrated a strong preference for Westlaw among librarians, so perhaps LexisNexis can distinguish themselves by offering better access to foreign law materials.

In the meantime, take advantage of the China Law Database while you can.  File-Name:LNCHNL.