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Interpretation of Application of the Law of Foreign Related Civil Relations

On December 1, 2023, the Supreme People’s Court issued the “Interpretation of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues Concerning the Application of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Application of Foreign Related Civil Relations (II)” (hereinafter referred to as “Interpretation II”), and will come into effect on January 1, 2024, We have systematically standardized the identification of foreign laws in judicial practice.

Interpretation (II) adheres to a problem oriented approach, designs the content of the articles from practical perspective, and improves work efficiency of frontline judges in identifying foreign laws. Interpretation (II) greatly expands the channels for foreign legal investigation, not only enhancing the operability of the investigation channels, but also providing open regulations that other appropriate channels can be utilized. At the same time, Interpretation (II) has refined the procedures for identifying foreign laws and clarified and unified the standards for reviewing and identifying foreign laws.