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Frequently Used Chinese Laws and Regulations

Please see below for links to some of the more frequently referred to laws and  regulations on our website, grouped by topic.

(For a full list of the laws that are available on our website, please see here, and for a full topical index, please see here).

Constitution of the People's Republic of China

Civil Society

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Public Security and Detention

  • Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China (1979) [Amended 2015] (Chinese Text)

  • Criminal Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China (1979) [Amended 2012] (Chinese Text

  • Domestic Violence Law of the People's Republic of China [Effective March 1, 2016] (Chinese Text) (Unofficial English Text)

  • Prison Law of the People's Republic of China (Amended 2013) [Effective December 29, 1994] (Chinese Text)

  • Public Security Administrative Punishments Law of the People's Republic of China (2006) [Amended 2012] (Chinese Text)

Related Rules and Regulations

  • Criminal Procedural Regulation (Trial Version) (Supreme People’s Procuratorate) [Effective October 16, 2014] (Chinese Text)
  • Detention Center Regulations of the People’s Republic of China [Effective March 17, 1990] (Chinese Text)
  • Detention Center Regulations for Notification of Detainees of their Rights and Obligations [Effective December 11, 2012] (Chinese Text)
  • Procedural Rules on the Handling of Criminal Cases by Public Security Organs (Ministry of Public Security) [Effective January 1, 2013] (Chinese Text)

Hong Kong

  • Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China [Effective July 1, 1997] (Chinese Text) (English Text)

  • Joint Declaration of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the question of Hong Kong [Signed December 19, 1984] (Chinese Text) (English Text)


  • Lawyers Law of the People's Republic of China (Amended 2012) [Effective June 1, 2008] (Chinese Text)

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