Instructor(s): Li Chen

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

This course is being offered exclusively remotely. This course will meet via audio-visual conference. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [].

Note: Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course.

This seminar surveys some of the most important features and developments of Chinese law and society over the last few decades within their relevant cultural and politico-economic contexts. By studying a range of topics based on recent scholarship, students may develop a more systematic and nuanced understanding of the operational dynamics of the legal and political institutions in the world’s second largest economy and a rapidly changing society. Topics may include the Chinese government structure and Party state, the evolving role of the courts and legal professionals, and the continued reforms of criminal and civil justice, and other specific topics such as family law, women and gender issues, law in popular culture and media, and so on.

Students will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2,500 to 3,000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


AV Conference:

Monday, January 4, 2020: 3:00 - 5:30 pm 
Tuesday, January 5, 2020: 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday, January 7, 2020: 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Friday, January 8, 2020: 3:00 - 5:00 pm