Constitutional Research in China: A Thirty-Year Review and Future Outlook: Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the 1982 Constitution and the First Anniversary of the Founding of China Constitutional Research Association

  • Dayuan HanEmail author
  • Honghong Hu
Part of the Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path book series (RSCDCDP)


Constitutional law study is a discipline, and its growth and development are closely linked with the community of constitutional scholars. Neither can either exist or thrive without the other. This year happens to be the 30th anniversary of the promulgation of the 1982 Constitution and the first anniversary of the founding of China Constitutional Research Association. We especially write articles describing the development course, analyzing the status quo and looking into the future of China’s constitutional scholars to mark this occasion. At the same time, we wish to probe into the consensus of Chinese constitutional scholars on their academic missions and explore diversified channels to develop constitutional law. Furthermore, we could effectively integrate research resources and adapt to the requirement of social practical development. And eventually, we could have mature and in-depth studies on constitutional theories, boost the development of constitutional practices and realize the rule of law.


  1. 1.
    Zhou Yezhong: Supremacy of Constitution: Soul of China’s Law-based Road, Law Review, 1995, Issue 6.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Liu Maolin: An Introduction to China’s Constitution, Peking University Press, 2009 edition, page 31.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Dong Chengmei: Historical Review of Constitutional Law, published in Legal Study and Research, 1988, Issue 3.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Zhang Baogui: Summary of the Symposium Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Convocation of the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the CPC & the 16th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Constitution, published in China Legal Science, 1999, Issue 1.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Zhang Qingfu: A Brief Introduction to Constitutional Law Research, Tianjin Education Press, 1989 edition, page 258.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Han Dayuan and Hu Honghong: Academic Community of Constitutional ScholarsMarking the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of Constitutional Research Association of China Law Society, 2005 Chinese Yearbook of Constitutional Law, China Law Press, 2006 edition, page 4–14.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Dong Fanyu: Chinese Constitutional Law in the Last Forty Years, published in Tribune of Political Science and Law, 1989, Issue 5.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Han Dayuan: China’s Constitutional Law: Review of the 20th Century and Outlook on the 21st Century, published in Constitutionalism Review, Volume 1, China Law Press, 1998 edition.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Zhang Youyu: Author’s preface of the Collections of Academic Works of Zhang Youyu, Beijing Normal University Publishing House, 1988.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Wen Zhengbang: Chinese Constitution moving towards the 21st Century, Chongqing People’s Publishing House, 1993 edition, page 153.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Han Dayuan: Academic Mission and Functional Evolution of China’s Constitution Law-Reflection on the 30-year Development of China’s Constitution Law, Northern Legal Science, 2009, Issue 2.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Zhang Zhen: Brief Review on the Development Course and Academic Prospect of Chinese Constitution in 1990s, Tribune of Constitution and Administrative Law, volume 4.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Lu Xiansheng: Are Public Intellectuals Gadflies of the Society?, Yangcheng Evening News, January 19, 2003.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Su Li: Social Construction of Chinese Public Intellectuals, published in Sociological Study, 2003, Issue 2.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Chen Lai: Confucian Tradition and Public IntellectualsOn the Public Nature and Specialty of Modern Chinese Intellectuals, published in Inheritance Collection: Selected Works Marking the 20th Anniversary of Sinological Research Institute of Shenzhen University (19842004) by Jing Haifeng, Peking University Press, 2004 edition.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Gao Quanxi and Tian Feilong: Issues, Positioning and Method of Political Constitutional Law, Journal of Soochow University (Philosophy & Social Science Edition), 2011, Issue 3.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Lin Laifan: Present Situation and Outlook of Chinese Constitution, Chinese Journal of Law, 2011, Issue 6.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Xu Jintang: Several Points of Thinking on Building and Developing Chinese Academic Schools, edited by Li Shuangyuan, International and Comparative Law Review (Volume 18), China Procuratorate Press, 2010 edition.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Lin Laifan: On the Fundamental Method of Constitutional LawInvestigations from the Aspect of Nomology, published in Legal Articles, 2001, Issue 2.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Wu Jialin: Constitutional Law, Masses Publishing House, 1983 edition.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Han Dayuan: China’s Constitutional Law Research in Thirty Years: 1978–2008, Social Sciences in Hunan, 2008, Issue 4.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Hu Honghong: On the Present Mission of Constitutional Scholars, Studies in Law and Business, 2007, Issue 3.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Fichte: The Vocation of the Scholar, translated by Liang Zhixue and Shen Zhen, The Commercial Press, 1980 edition, page 37.Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Fan Jinxue: Evaluation and Analysis of Constitutional Cases, published in Shandong Social Sciences, 2007, Issue 11.Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Han Dayuan: Humanistic Spirit of Constitution, published in Studies in Law and Business, 2012, Issue 3.Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Guo Lianjie: Professionalism Is Our Only Way, China Basic Science, 2002, Issue 4.Google Scholar
  27. 27.
    Lu Deshan and Xu Weidong: Summary of Discussions about Several Issues in Chinese Constitution, preface, Jilin University Press, 1992 edition.Google Scholar
  28. 28.
    Han Dayuan: Review and Outlook of China’s Constitutional Research, published in Research Reports on Constitutional Development of China (1982–2002), China Law Press, 2004 edition, page 435.Google Scholar
  29. 29.
    Max Weber: Wissenschaft Als Beruf Politik Als Beruf, translated by Feng Keli, Beijing SDX Joint Publishing Company, 1998 edition, page 17–48.Google Scholar
  30. 30.
    Russell Jacoby: The Last Intellectuals, translated by Hong Jie, Jiangsu People’s Publishing House, 2002 edition.Google Scholar
  31. 31.
    Ren Jiantao: Professional and Public: Aspiration and Choice of Intellectualsin a Transforming Society, Century Weekly, January 11, 2003.Google Scholar
  32. 32.
    Yu Keping: “Right-oriented Politics, or Public Interest Politics”,, lastly visited on April 7, 2014.
  33. 33.
    Zhang Qianfan: From People’s Sovereignty to Human RightsEvaluations of the Changes of Mode of Chinese Constitutional Studies, published in Tribune of Political Science and Law, 2005, Issue 2.Google Scholar
  34. 34.
    Hu Jinguang and Chen Xiong: Thinking about Chinese Constitutional Research Methods, published in Zhejiang Academic Journal, 2005, Issue 4.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Social Sciences Academic Press 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.China Constitutional Research AssociationRenmin University of China Law SchoolBeijingChina
  2. 2.Constitutional Research Association of ChinaZhongnan University of Economics and LawWuhanChina

Personalised recommendations