Instructor(s): Zhaojie (James) Li

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7027H.

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables

Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses. Students who took this intensive course in 2017-2018 may not re-enrol in this course.

This two-week intensive course attempts to provide an introduction to the legal system of the People's Republic of China (PRC) with particular reference to the historical development, constitutional structure, sources of law, major legal institutions, legal education and profession, and the role of the Chinese Communist Part in the PRC legal system. The PRC legal system is a young one. Its rebuilding started after its destruction during the Cultural Revolution era (1966-76). Beginning in late 1970s, China launched the great campaign of reform to its political, economic and social institutions, and opening to the outside world. When it did so, a modern legal system was urgently called for. After more than 30 years' development, "rule of law with Chinese characteristics" has become one of the most commonly used phrases in contemporary China. This course examines the development of the Chinese legal system and role of law in Chinese society not just for its own sake. It does that also as an indicator of the significant progress that China has made and enormous, even unprecedented, difficulties and challenges that China is being faced with, in its march towards rule of law. For that march, to borrow a Chinese set expression, "the future is bright but the road is arduous".

Students will be required to write a paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on November 22, 2018.

At a Glance

First Term


20 JD


Monday, October 22, 2018: 2:10 - 4:00
Tuesday, October 23, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Wednesday, October 24, 2018: 12:30 - 2:00
Thursday, October 25, 2018: 8:30 - 10:20
Monday, October 29, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Tuesday, October 30, 2018: 2:10 - 4:00
Wednesday, October 31, 2018: 8:30 - 10:20
Thursday, November 1, 2018: 12:30 - 2:00