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Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law

Introduction and Objectives


As a financial hub under the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong practises the common law system and meanwhile enjoys being well-versed in Chinese law development given the inextricable trade ties between two sides. Hong Kong also serves as an international legal and dispute resolution centre for the Asia Pacific region, and provides legal services in tandem with the Belt & Road Initiative announced by Central Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Ever since its establishment, City University of Hong Kong Law School has set Chinese Law as one of its teaching and research foci. The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) was established in 1994 to foster research and scholarly discussion on the changing legal landscape of China. The RCCL is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the academic investigation of Chinese law, public and private, substantive and procedural. The Centre aims to explore all cutting-edge areas related to Chinese legal development, their intricate relationships to and distinctiveness from each other, and questions about the nature and trend of rule of law in China as a whole. The Centre draws on multiple disciplines outside law, including economics, history, cognitive science, and philosophy. It also encourages comparative work, especially involving Commonwealth and civil-law systems.


As China’s southern gateway, Hong Kong is in an ideal position to conduct research in order to gain a deep understanding of the most recent developments in Chinese law and to forge the links with the Chinese legal community, including students, lawyers, judges and government officials. This makes the RCCL’s research agendas even more dynamic and distinctive. We aspire to compare Chinese law and common law with a sophistication, which is rarely seen within each legal tradition.