China Law Society (CLS) is a nationwide mass and academic organization, serving as a bond between Chinese legal professionals and legal practitioners. It plays an important role in developing socialist democracy and legal system, fostering legal research and promoting the rule of law in China. China Law Society, its affiliated associations and local branches have actively organized legal professionals and practitioners in China to participate in the nation’s legislation, judiciary, law enforcement and law popularization activities, have conducted legal researches and exchanges of multi-subjects, multi-levels and broad-fields, thus have made certain contributions to promoting rule of law in China, to speeding up construction of a socialist rule of law country and to building China into a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way.
Established in 1949, with 60 years of development, China Law Society now has 32 provincial branches, 56 affiliated associations and nearly 240,000 members. It has gathered a great number of legal talents in China and has high prestige and broad impact at home and abroad. Its highest authority is the National Congress, which is convened every five years. Its leadership comprises the President, the Executive Vice-President and several Vice-Presidents. Headquartered in Beijing, it has 5 departments, namely, General Office, Research Department, Overseas Liaison Department and Membership Department. Publications sponsored by China Law Society including Chinese Legal Science, Democracy and Legal System and Law Yearbook of China and China Law Society have gained a great number of readers and a broad social impact, which has made them the base of legal academic researches and the window of legal popularization in China.
As a major channel of foreign legal exchanges in China, China Law Society keeps connections with more than 800 legal institutions (including legal authorities, national law societies and well-known law schools) from over 100 countries and regions in the world and amongst them 135 institutions from 88 countries and regions have signed Memoranda of mutual cooperation with China Law Society. With these partners, China Law Society has conducted broad cooperation in mutual visits, academic studies as well as legal professional trainings. Notably, it has initiated and set up ten regional platforms of legal cooperation, namely China-ASEAN Legal Forum, China-Eurasia Legal Forum, China-Latin America Legal Forum, Northeast Asia Legal Forum, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)-Legal Forum, Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC)-Legal Forum, China-Europe Legal Forum, BRICS Legal Forum, China-South Asia Legal Forum and China-Japan-South Korea Legal Forum which has established a broad platform for foreign legal exchanges in an all-dimensional, indepth, wide-ranging and multi-channel layout of foreign legal exchanges. It has joined such international and regional legal organizations as International Association of Constitutional Law, International Association of Penal Law, International Association for Legal Philosophy and Social Philosophy, International Association of Legal Science The Law Association for Asia and Pacific, etc. It has also held many international conferences, which gained a good reputation in the legal fields at home and abroad. Respectively in 2004 and 2009, it hosted in Beijing the 17th International Congress of Penal Law and the 24th World Congress on International Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.
The Overseas Liaison Department of China Law Society is the functional department responsible for foreign affairs in China Law Society. According to relevant foreign-related regulations, with the authorization by China Law Society, the Department manages centrally foreign-related activities and international exchanges of all entities within CLS system in the nation.