German Journal of Chinese Law

The German Journal for Chinese Law ("Zeitschrift für Chinesisches Recht" (ZChinR)) is the only ongoing German-language publication addressing Chinese law. It publishes detailed reports and analyses, descriptions of current development in China, and translations of new and important Chinese legislation. The Journal is published by the German-Chinese Association of Jurists in cooperation with the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies and the Max Planck Institute.

The origins of the German Journal of Chinese Law extend back to 1994, when the German-Chinese Association of Jurists (DCJV), together with the German-Chinese Institute for Business Law in Göttingen and Nanjing (People’s Republic of China), published a regular newsletter for Association members containing current information on Chinese civil law, business law and foreign trade law. The Journal has appeared under its current name since 2004, and it remains the only ongoing German-language periodical on Chinese law, publishing detailed reports and analyses, information on current legal developments, translations of the most important new Chinese laws, conference reports and reviews of books on Chinese law.

The German Journal of Chinese Law appears four times yearly, comprising approximately 400 printed pages. Editorial direction is in the hands of the Deputy Director of the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies of the Universities of Göttingen and Nanjing, Peter Leibküchler. He is supported by an academic advisory board, on which sit Björn Ahl (Cologne) and Knut B. Pißler (Hamburg). The Institute has been a co-publisher of the Journal since 2015 and in particular manages the Journal’s internet presence. Users have online access to selected excerpts from the last four issues of the Journal; for earlier issues, full-text PDF versions that are identical to the print publication are available free of charge (subscribers to the print version have full and immediate online access to the latest issues).

Guidelines for submitting authors

An advisory board comprising Björn Ahl (University of Cologne) and Knut B. Pißler (Max Planck Institute Hamburg) assists the managing editor at the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies in Nanjing and Göttingen in the preparation of the journal. On average, the publication contains roughly 400 printed pages yearly. The Journal has also been available online in the Open Journal System since June 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.

That website is run by the Institute and it comprises detailed information on the submission and use of contributions to the journal.

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