International Team Project: China Research Checklist


This is a selective list of resources prepared for the International Team Project (ITP) - China course at Northwestern University School of Law, in conjunction with the Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, in the Spring 2012 semester.

For questions about this guide, contact Library Reference, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian (e-mail | (312) 503-8451)

Note: the law library does not collect materials in Chinese (unless included in a bilingual work). However, many Chinese language sources are available online. Materials in this checklist are primarily in English, unless otherwise noted.

General Country Information

Governmental web sites of the People's Republic of China

Laws and Legal System

Introductions/Research Guides/Links:

Constitution and Constitutional Law

Law and Business in China - Some Recent Works


  • Westlaw China Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community Database of Chinese law. Includes "most authoritative English translation of statutes, judicial interpretations, cases, arbitration awards and other legal matters." Note: in the English version, only translated documents are listed. [Chinese and English]
  • LexisNexis China Law Database  LexisNexis Description: Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community Legal > Find Laws by Country of Region > Foreign Laws & Legal sources > China & Hong Kong > Legislation & Regulations“ authoritative collection of Chinese laws, regulations, tax information, judicial decisions, and other legal documents, collected from government sources, and translated by LexisNexis China Online (COL) in Beijing.”
  • China Law and Practice Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Published by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC; Includes texts of new legislation. Available from ABI Inform (ProQuest). July 2002- [English and Chinese.] Also on Westlaw (CHINALP).
  • English translations of selected laws are available from the governmental web sites listed above.
  • China Laws for Foreign Business. Business Regulation. Published by CCH Asia/Pacific. [Chinese and English.] N,HCP KNQ 914 1993 vols. 1-4
  • The 1997 Criminal Code of the People's Republic of China / with English translation and introduction by Wei Luo (1998)

Court System and Case Law

Research Centers

Current Awareness, blogs

  • China Law. Bimonthly magazine published in Hong Kong by China Law Services (H. K.) Ltd., "The Hong Kong incorporated window company of the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China towards the outside world..." Articles on legal issues, notices of new laws, full-text of some laws. [English and Chinese]
  • China Law Digest.
  • Chinese Law Prof Blog. Prof. Donald C. Clarke, George Washington University Law School.
  • China Law Blog: China Law for Business. Harris & Moure PLLC.

Finding Books

Finding Books at Northwestern University

  • NUcat Searching Tips: using NUcat to search for books on a topic.
  • The preceding section explains how clicking on the "Library of Congress Subject Headings" in a catalog record can help to focus a search. Subject headings can also be searched directly. From the NUcat "Search" tab, search in "Subject Heading" or "Browse Subject Heading" Some Library of Congress Subject Headings are listed below. (The dashes and parentheses can be omitted.)
    Commercial law -- China
    China – Politics and government – 21st century

Finding Books at Other Libraries

  • WorldCat Description: Available from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community. WorldCat is a catalog with records from thousands of libraries. It can be used to identify materials not held by Northwestern University. Northwestern University students can place interlibrary loan requests either directly through WorldCat or via the interlibrary loan request form found on the library's home page.

Finding Articles: Legal Topics

  • Tips:
    1. Many subject areas are relevant-- not just law.
    2. Use indexes to identify relevant articles.
    3. "Advanced search" is often easier than "basic search."
    4. Find a relevant citation, then click on "subject headings" or "descriptors" to find more.
    5. "Find it at NU" button often leads to electronic full text.
    6. NUcat "journal title" search leads to print and/or electronic full text
  • Finding Articles and Papers on Foreign and Comparative Law (for articles on law of countries other than the U.S. and comparative law methodology, from journals published both in the U.S. and abroad)
  • Find Non-Law Articles (for subjects in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences)

Finding Dissertations

Finding Statistics

(see also "General Country Information," above, and web sites of International Organizations)

  • China Data Online / Zhongguo Shu Ju Zai XianAvailable from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community“...economic statistics of China, arranged by regions and categories. Includes monthly and yearly reports on China’s macroeconomic development, statistical databases about China’s population and economy at the provincial, county, and city level, and financial indicators of more than 568 industrial branches. Also includes statistical yearbooks, industrial and marketing surveys, and an atlas of China”. In English and Chinese.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Indexes statistical information from a variety of sources, including the United States government, research firms, trade associations, university studies, and international agencies.
  • China. Comparative statistics from authoritative information sources.
  • Worldwide Statistical Resources Pritzker Legal Research Center.

News: General, Legal, and Business

International Business Resources

  • See our web site's International Trade, Business, and Economic Law page.
  • ABI/INFORM Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Business and management index. Citations and abstracts of articles from more than 1,300 journals, including over 350 English-language international sources. Full-text articles from over 600 selected sources. WestlawAvailable from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community : ABI-INFORM (ABI/Inform (R) (DIALOG)) and ABI-INFORM Current (ABI/Inform (R) - Current (DIALOG))
  • Business Source Premier Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community "[P]rovides nearly 3,300 full-text scholarly publications, including more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full-text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 4,100 journals. This database offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more."
  • GlobalEdge - Global Insights - China and Hong Kong. Michigan State University.
  • Asian Business and Management.

Regional and International Organizations

Note: China may not be a member of all the organizations listed below. However, these web sites can often be good sources of information about China.

Additional Resources for Special Topics

Economic Development


Environment/Land Use/Natural Resources

Human Rights/Human Rights and Business


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