China Law Reader


China Law Reader


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The China Law Reader is a one-of-a-kind, must-have book for anyone seeking to master Chinese legal language. Chinese can be difficult to learn and the vocabulary, sentence structure and format of legal documents makes it even harder. China Law Reader, with its focus on teaching reading comprehension, provides students of law and professionals alike the tools to master legal Chinese. The book uses specialized sets of materials grouped around themes like Constitutional Law, Environmental law, Criminal Law and more. In doing so, China Law Reader serves not just as an excellent language textbook, but also acquaints readers with basic features of the Chinese legal system

Editorial Reviews

“As any student or practitioner knows, legal writing is very much its own language. Words take on special meaning whenever they appear in any legal publication or related writing, and understanding legal language is one of fundamental tasks of an education in law.

Using the China Law Reader, I was able to see how this specialized language works in Chinese. It offered me an amazing introduction Chinese legal terminology, construction, and writing style in one comprehensive, easy to understand work. Additionally, its well-edited excerpts provided the substance of each work, which has offered a strong foundation for my other China-related coursework.

I strongly recommend the China Law Reader for any student wishing to gain a foundational knowledge of Chinese legal writing.”

-Brad Sova, J.D. Candidate, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii

“The China Law Reader fills an important gap in currently available textbooks for the Chinese language. The rapidly developing field of Chinese law makes its language as important as business or newspaper Chinese, for which there are currently several textbooks available. Copious vocabulary and grammar notes make the book accessible to students at the upper and intermediate levels, and are repeated in each chapter so they can be studied in any order, as one chooses between different types of law, including contract, labor, real and intellectual property, banking, corporation, and so forth.”

-Gloria Bien, Professor of Chinese, Colgate University

About the Authors

Lawrence C. Foster began his professional career as a professor of Chinese language and literature. After obtaining his law degree, he worked as a lawyer in Hawaii before joining the University of Hawaii’s School of Law as Associate Dean. He later served as Dean of the School of Law and is currently a Professor of Law. Larry now lives and works for most of the year in Shanghai. He currently focuses on providing legal writing and reasoning training programs for young Chinese lawyers in Shanghai and teaching at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law located in Shenzhen.

Tiffany Yajima has lived and worked in Shanghai for more than a decade. She previously served as Senior Researcher at a major international law firm in Shanghai and as Managing Editor of Communications & Publications at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. She now resides in Honolulu where she consults for think tanks and organizations focused on Asia-pacific-related issues.  Ms. Yajima earned her juris doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007, during which time she served as extern to a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Ms. Yajima is a U.S. licensed attorney and is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Lin Yan is Assistant Professor of Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Ko Guan Law School. He received a LLB and LLM at the East China University of Political Sciences and Law in 2003, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006 where he earned a M.L.I. and S.J.D. Yan currently resides in Shanghai where he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism and legislation at Ko Guan Law School. His professional research interests include constitutional review, the NPC’s oversight power, property rights and constitution, and legislation.

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Additional Information

Weight 2.4 lbs





Long River Press

Year Published



9 x 8.75




English, Chinese




Lawrence Foster, Tiffany Yajima, Yan Lin


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