Peking University Transnational Law Review

The Peking University Transnational Law Review (“Law Review”) is a non-profit organization that produces a law journal focused on publishing articles and notes on Chinese, U.S., comparative and international law issues. one of the only two Chinese student-run law reviews published in English. Founded in 2011, the Law Review is one of the only two student-run law reviews published in English in China. It is operated independently by students of Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) in Shenzhen, China.

The Law Review seeks to become a globally well-known law review and an important tool for those who are researching and working on Chinese, U.S., comparative and international law issues. It serves this goal through the publication of one print volume each year with two separate issues—published in summer and winter. The Law Review’s editors select, edit, and publish scholar’s papers, book reviews, speech serials, case notes and translate authorized works on the cutting edge of legal issues.

Currently, we have published seven issues. These issues are accessible through our website and a number of databases such as HeinOnline, Lexis China, and Chinalawinfo. The hard copies of the Law Review are placed at the UNCITRAL Law Library (Vienna), Lillian Goldman Law Library of Yale Law School (New Haven), WilmerHale LLP (London), Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Shanghai), Kobre& Kim LLP (Hong Kong), K&L Gates LLP (Beijing), King & Wood Mallesons, JunHe LLP and Fangda Partners. In the near future, the Law Review will also be available and accessible on Westlaw, LexisNexis, CNKI (the most popular academic database in China) and other databases.


We welcome submissions from professors, practitioners and law school students worldwide for publication in two issues annually―summer and winter. We accept manuscripts throughout the year. Please see Letter to Author.


We encourage authors to submit their manuscripts electronically, preferably in Microsoft Word. There is no limitation on length of the article, and the format should conform with the 19th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Submissions should be accompanied by a CV stating the author’s name, the article title, and active contact information. Please email us your submissions via

Review Announcement

The Law Review is committed to making a decision for publication within one week.


Upon receiving an electronic submission, the Law Review will promptly send an email confirmation of receipt. The Law Review will maintain confidentiality of all submissions made.

Current Issue

Volume 5, Issue 1 (2018)


A Relational Approach to Property Rights Change: Comparing English Enclosures and Chinese Rural Land Reform


Reimagining Digital Copyright Through the Power of Imitation: Lessons from from Confucius and Plato

Giancarlo F. FROSIO


Commentary on Article 52(5) of Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China

ZHU Qingyu

The Empirical Study on the Invalidation of Illegal Contracts in China

YE Mingyi

Restitution of Benefits Acquired through Illegal Contract: Regulation of Bad Faith Behaviors

XU Defeng


Revolutionary Reform in the U.S.: Learning from the American Experience of Constitutional Amendment outside Article V

Stephan JAGGI

Protection of Preferred Shareholders Under China’s New Rule

ZHONG Xiaozhu

Jail Time is Not a Cure: Misguided Efforts in Prioritizing Prosecution Against Individuals Under the FCPA Context

LI Mengshi


Volume 4, Issue 2 (2016)

Volume 4, Issue 1 (2016)

Volume 3, Issue 1 (2015)

Volume 2, Issue 2 (2014)

Volume 2, Issue 1 (2014)

Volume 1, Issue 2 (2013)

Volume 1, Issue 1 (2013)


Prospective STL Student Editors are expected to participate in Legal Workshops and conduct fair amount of translations and Blue-Book work. Each prospective editor will be guided by his/her respective mentor.


The annual selection process starts in late May.

Both 2L J.D. & J.M. students and LL.M. students are eligible to apply for the editorial membership. Members serve on the Law Review during their 2L and 3L years. The selection process consists of several parts that evaluate applicants’ academic achievement, writing and editing skills, and other factors.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following aspects:

  1. Grades (25%);
  2. Legal translation Skills (20%);
  3. Blue-booking Skills (20%);
  4. Writing Skills (20%);
  5. Resume (15%).

Roughly 14 membership offers are extended each year.

Current Editorial Board

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Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School,
University Town, Xili, Nanshan District,
Shenzhen, P.R. China 518055

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Peking University School of Transnational Law

Room 410, School of Transnational Law
Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School,
University Town, Xili, Nanshan District,
Shenzhen, China 518055