A useful source of official information that the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issues to the foreign professional and academic public is bilingual white papers (or translations of the original version in Chinese) and official annual reports. Thus far, these reports have been published in the area of intellectual property law, more recently in environmental law, and previously in judicial reform. The English version of the SPC’s website does not provide easy access to all of these reports. The Chinese versions of these reports also require time to locate. I’d welcome comments or suggestions with links to other reports or translations of white papers or annual reports that I may have missed.
In late 2020 and 2021, the SPC issued summaries of two reports in the area of cross-border commercial law, but the full text is not available. For several areas of law, such as criminal law and administrative litigation, I surmise that it would be “inconvenient” to publish a white paper or annual report. I wrote here earlier about difficulties in finding the full text of white papers in the lower courts.
|2020||Environment & Natural Resources Adjudication of China, Chinese only 最高人民法院知识产权法庭年度报告（2020）|
|2017-2018||Environment & Resources Adjudication of China, English only|
|2016-2017||Environment & Resources Adjudication of China, English only|
JUDICIAL REFORM & TRANSPARENCY
|2015-2020||The Reform of Diversified Dispute Resolution Mechanism of Chinese Courts downloadable as a PDF file|
|2013-2018||Judicial Reform of Chinese Courts 2013-2018|
|2017||Court Reform in China , but not downloadable as a PDF file|
|2017||Judicial Transparency by People’s Courts, but not downloadable as a PDF file|
|2016||Judicial Reform of Chinese Courts, but not downloadable as a PDF file|
|2015||Judicial Transparency of Chinese Courts, but not downloadable as a PDF file|
FOREIGN-RELATED AND MARITIME CASES