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Law Database Guides: 北大法寶

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北大法寶 is one of the most comprehensive bilingual databases for searching PRC laws and regulations (since 1949), cases, journal articles, and gazettes.

1. CUHK users can search the database title "pkulaw" directly on CUHK Library Homepage under LibrarySearch tab, and then click "browse" button.

2. Click the given link to access

3. Or access through A-Z Databases by Law page under #.

4. If you are not automatically logged in with CUHK IP account, click IP登录 (IP Login). If you use WiFi, please be noted that only five concurrent users are allowed to log in at once.

Westlaw China and Lexis China in Lexis HK platform are also available for searching PRC legal materials.

A Brief Comparison of Major Chinese Law Databases has been created on our Law Database Guides.

  1. 法律法规 – Searching for laws and regulations, interpretation of laws, etc.
  2. 司法案例 - Searching for cases
  3. 法学期刊 – Searching for journal articles
  4. 律师实务 – Searching for Practice areas
  5. 专题参考 – Searching for commentary
  6. English – Searching for all materials in English (if available) 
  7. 法宝视频 – Searching for videos

5. Click a tab for searching a particular legal source. For example, if you look for legislation, click 法律法规 (laws & regulations). Type in keywords or a title in Simplified Chinese and then choose whether the search term appears in title or text, and then click 检索 (search).

6. Open a search result, there are links to relevant information (e.g. regulations, cases, articles etc) under 法條聯想 to that result. The links direct users to fulltext if available.

7. Enter a search term and click “search”. Results can be sorted by levels of courts, judicial procedures, and types of judgments.

8. Click 案例报道 to search for cases that are reported.

9. has a comprehensive collection of Chinese journals. Click a journal title and then either search by title or browse by issue.

10. Click English to search translated / English PRC legal materials.

11. To download, open a search result and then click the link “Download”. A popup box will appear, users can decide the format and language of the document.