Chinese Legal History Special Collection

Background
Aim
Scope
Edition
Location
Access
Enquiries

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Background

The Law Section of the Run Run Shaw Library started to establish exchange programmes with several law libraries in China as early as 1993. Through these exchange activities, the Library felt that there was a need to build up a special collection focusing on Chinese legal history. Since then several Chinese legal scholars and experts from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas have also given us valuable suggestions. From mid-1997, the Library started to actively acquire materials. It also received a generous donation of more than 600 volumes on Ancient Chinese law from the China University of Political Science and Law. Subsequently donations from other law libraries in China were also received. By 1998 the Collection had reached a certain size and in May 1998, it was opened to the user.

Aim

The Collection incorporates materials on Chinese legal system, Chinese legal philosophy and Chinese legal culture, covering the period from Ancient China to 1949. It aims to promote and support academic study and research activities in Chinese traditional legal culture.

Scope

I. Documents

   i. History Texts/Historical Records:

In Ancient China, the boundaries of the subjects such as Humanities and the Social Sciences were not clearly defined. Legal documents were often included in various historical works. The Collection therefore includes the major historical works such as hui yao(records of a dynasty), hui dian(records of laws and systems of a dynasty), zi shu (books of philosophers), lei shu (encyclopaedias), wen ji (collections) and the like.

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hui yao, hui dian

 

Tang liu dian

 

 

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Song ben ce fu yuen gui

 

Tai ping yu lan

 

Zhu pi xi yuan lu

 

   ii. Scholarly Works:

This includes scholarly publications by Chinese authors from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas. There are also foreign publications in English, Japanese, French and other languages.

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The Provisional criminal code of the Republic of China

The Regulations relating to civil procedure of the Republic of China

Code of customs regulations and procedure

 

Code civil de la republique de chine

 

Piao ju fa li chu yi

 

To So horitsu bunsho no kenkyu

Shincho mokorei no jikkosei no kenkyu

 

II. Period Covered

The Collection covers the period from Ancient China to 1949 with emphasis on the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and the Republic (1912-1949). Primary sources and major works of this period include the Qing Code, Qing Hui Dian (Qing Records of Laws), judgments of famous officials, legislation, departmental regulations, judicial interpretations, local laws and regulations, collection of cases and other relevant scholarly works. Di fang zhi (local chronicles) of various localities in Guangdong Province have also been acquired and housed in the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta Collection of the Library.

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Ta Tsing Leu Lee

 

Guang-xu Xuan-tong liang chao shang yu dang

 

Qian-long chao shang yu dang

 

Li fa yuan gong bao

 

 

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Guo min zheng fu xing zheng yuan gong bao

 

Zhong-hua min guo liu fa li you pan jie hui bian

 

Xin ding guo min zheng fu si fa li gui

 

Regulations and departmental orders for the general government and discipline of Hong Kong Police Force

 

Edition

Some rare books were acquired in reprint, photocopy or electronic edition due to the difficulty in obtaining the original versions.

Location

The Chinese Law Special Collection is housed in the Law Section of the Run Run Shaw Library.

Access

The Collection is open to all staff and students of CityU as well as holders of other valid identifications recognized by the Library. Scholars from both local and overseas institutions are also welcome.

Enquiries

For more information, please contact the Law Section at tel: 3442-8395 or email: lblaw@cityu.edu.hk.