1. Department of General Affairs（Department of Research）
Handling secretarial affairs, confidential information transmitting, archives, reception of letters from
outsides, confidential affairs and security guards; working out the annual legislation programme of the
State Council; responsible for inter-departmental coordination; carrying out comprehensive study on the
important issues on legal affairs of the State Council and of the construction of the national legal system;
organising academic exchanges; responsible for human resources, welfare and wages, personnel
training and part of office administration.
2. Department of Politics, Labour and Social Security
Undertaking the legislative affairs concerning politico-legal affairs, personnel, labour and social
security, foreign affairs, military affairs, minority nationalities and religious affairs; coordinating the
legislative affairs of ministries and departments such as public security, State security, supervision,
civil affairs, justice, personnel, labour and social security, foreign affairs, national defence, minority
nationalities, religious affairs, overseas Chinese affairs, Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan
affairs, and foreign experts affairs.
3. Department of Education, Science, Culture and Public Health
Undertaking the legislative affairs concerning education, science and technology, culture, public
health, physical sports and intellectual property; coordinating the legislative affairs of ministries and
departments such as education, science and technology, culture, public health, family planning, radio,
film and television, physical sports, press and publication, intellectual property, drug administration,
cultural relics and Chinese traditional medicine.
4. Department of Fiscal and Financial Affairs
Undertaking the legislative affairs concerning development and planning, finance, taxation, banking,
stock, insurance and customs; coordinating the legislative affairs of ministries and departments such
as development and planning, finance, banking, auditing, taxation, customs, State statistics, stock
administration, foreign exchange, grain reserve and entry-exit inspection and quarantine.
5. Department of Industry, Communications and Commerce
Undertaking the legislative affairs concerning industry, communications and domestic commerce;
coordinating the legislative affairs of ministries and departments such as economy and trade, foreign
trade and economic cooperation, railways, communications, information industry, science, technology
and industry for national defence, civil aviation, industry and commerce administration, tourism,
technological supervision, tobacco administration and post administration.
6. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
Undertaking the legislative affairs concerning agriculture, land and resources, environmental
protection and urban construction; coordinating the legislative affairs of ministries and departments
such as agriculture, land and resources, forestry, construction, water resources, environmental
protection, oceanic administration, surveying and mapping, meteorology and seismology.
7. Department of Coordination on Government Legal Affairs（Department of Codification）
Carrying out study on issues arising from the enforcement and implementation of the laws and
administrative regulations involving common rules on government behaviours such as administrative
litigation, administrative reconsideration, administrative compensation, administrative punishment,
administrative license, administrative charges and administrative execution, drafting relevant supporting
administrative regulations, documents or official replies; carrying out study on issues of a general nature
arising from law enforcement such as responsibility system of law enforcement and evaluation and
appraisal system, and putting forward proposals for perfecting laws, administrative regulations and the
supervision system for law enforcement; coordinating the discrepancies and disputes among various
ministries and departments in the implementation of relevant laws and regulations; handling the filing
of local regulations and rules as well as ministerial rules, examining whether or not they contravene the
constitution, laws and administrative regulations or conflict with each other, and then putting forward
corresponding suggestions thereon according to different circumstances; classifying and codifying
administrative regulations, proposing opinions on annulling, validating and revising of administrative
regulations for the purpose of safeguarding their integration and consistence; and compiling the official
version collections of laws and regulations to be published by the State.
8. Department of Translation and Foreign Affairs
Mainly handling the translation and finalizing of the foreign language version and minority language
version of the administrative regulations to be published by the State, organising and handling
international cooperation and exchange affairs, and handling foreign affairs administration.
Handling computer storage, management and processing of the constitution, laws, administrative
regulations, local regulations, ministerial rules, local government rules and other legal documents;
providing technical assistance and information as well as reference materials service for reviewing
draft laws and administrative regulations; processing information of both domestic and foreign laws
and regulations so as to provide the LAO staff with technical assistance for sorting out regulations,
compiling collections of laws and regulations, reviewing and finalizing the official foreign language
texts of the administrative regulations and codifying the existing administrative regulations; handling
LAO’s office automation and its management; responsible for the establishment and management of
the legal information exchange network connecting LAO with other ministries and departments of the
State Council and the legislative affairs offices of the people’s governments at provincial level; and also
responsible for exchanging computerized legal information with foreign countries and related
international cooperation projects.
10.Administration Service Center
Handling office administration and logistic service, carrying out various business activities by use
of the assets of which the operation and management have been authorised by LAO, implementing the
administrative duties and other tasks entrusted by LAO.
11.China Legal Publishing House
Publishing pamphlets of laws and regulations and their collections, popular legal readings,
monographs or translated monographs relating to government legislative affairs as well as books
introducing foreign laws and regulations.