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Zeitschrift für Chinesisches Recht/Journal of Chinese Law (ZChinR/J.ChineseL.)

The quarterly appearing "Zeitschrift für Chinesisches Recht"/“Journal of Chinese Law“ (ZChinR/J.ChineseL.) was first established in 1994 by Matthias Steinmann, the German Vice-Director of the Deutsch-Chinesischen Institute für Rechtswissenschaft [Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies] of the Universities of Göttingen und Nanjing (PR China), in order to provide members of the Deutsch-Chinesischen Juristenvereinigung [the German-Chinese Jurists’ Association] with current information on Chinese civil law, business law, and trade law. Since 2004 the publication has carried the name "Zeitschrift für Chinesisches Recht"/“Journal of Chinese Law“.


The ZChinR/J.ChineseL. is the only ongoing publication in western languages addressing Chinese law. The ZChinR/J.ChineseL. publishes detailed reports and analyses in the section titled "Aufsätze". Current legal developments are reported in "Kurze Beiträge". In the section “Dokumentationen" one finds translations of the most important new Chinese laws. Additionally, the ZChinR/J.ChineseL. regularly publishes conference reports and reviews of books on Chinese law.


The ZChinR/J.ChineseL. is published by the German-Chinese Jurists’ Association in cooperation with the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg under the editorship of the German Vice-Director of the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies in Nanjing. An advisory board comprising Prof. Björn Ahl (University of Cologne) and Prof. Dr. Knut Benjamin Pißler (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law) assists the editorship in the preparation of the ZChinR/J.ChineseL..

The Journal appears quarterly in print form. The Journal is made available free of charge to members of the DCJV. All interested persons are welcome to become a member of the DCJV.

The Journal has also been available online in the Open Journal System since 2015, In addition to the tables of contents of the contributions found in the last four issues of the journal, all articles appearing in previous issues are available in full-text, print-version form as PDF documents. The table of contents of the current issue can be found under “Current”; articles from earlier issues are in the “Archives” and can be located with the “Search” function. Members of the DCJV have access to the last four issues of the journal after registration and login.

Schriften zum chinesischen Recht

Since 2008 Knut Benjamin Pißler, Institute fellow in charge of the China department, is editing together with the President and two members of the German-Chinese Jurists' Association Board of Directors, respectively, Professor Dr. Uwe Blaurock (Freiburg), Professor Dr. Ulrich Manthe (Passau) and Professor Dr. Christiane Wendehorst (Vienna), the Schriften zum chinesischen Recht (Gruyter).


Released thus far:


Volume 1

Jakob Riemenschneider

Das Darlehensrecht der Volksrepublik China

January 2008. 240 Pages.


Volume 2

Christoph Schröder

Der multimodale Frachtvertrag nach chinesischem Recht

November 2008. 242 Pages.


Volume 3

Raimund Christian Behnes

Der Trust im chinesischen Recht

August 2009. 186 Pages.


Volume 4

Simon Werthwein

Das Persönlichkeitsrecht im Privatrecht der VR China

Oktober 2009. 188 Pages.


Volume 5
Yiliang Dong/Hongyan Liu/Knut B. Pissler
The 2011 Regulation on the Causes of Civil Action of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China - A New Approach to Systemise and Compile the Status Quo of the Chinese Civil Law System
January 2012. 128 Pages.


Volume 6
Jörg Binding
Das Gesetz der VR China über die deliktische Haftung
August 2012. 160 Pages.

Condominium Law in China

With the 2007 enactment of the property law in the People’s Republic of China, the legal basis for condominiums was established as well. Only a minimal number of provisions, however, specifically address this area of law. As a result, the exact parameters of condominium law necessarily find their definition with reference to established legal norms and the judicial interpretations of the Supreme Peoples’ Court.


In his 2012 work “Condominium Law in China – Description and Legal Foundation” (Wohnungseigentum in China - Darstellung und Rechtsgrundlagen), published by Mohr Siebeck, Dr. Knut Benjamin Pißler, head of the Institute’s China Unit, gives German-speaking readers a look into this legal area and, moreover, considers questions related to part-ownership of building space not serving housing needs. With reference to related concepts and terminology he considers the rationale for condominiums, the resulting community of ownership and the administration of the property. The work also offers for the first time German translations of the key legal instruments relevant to Chinese condominium law.