Hsia Ching-lin received his early education at the Jiangsu (Kiangsu) Primary School between 1906 and 1910 and the Tianjin (Tientsin) Anglo-Chinese College from 1910 to 1914. Then he went to England and attended Mill Hill School, London in 1914-1916. Mr. Hsia obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Glasgow in 1919, Master of Arts (1920) and Doctor of Philisophy (1922) degrees from the University of Edinburgh.
On return he held the following positions: secretary of Weihaiwei Retrocession Commission in 1922-1923, dean of the faculty of Southern University, Shanghai, in 1923, secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nanjing (Nanking) technical expert of the National Tariff Commission etc.
Mr. Hsian also worked as a delegate to the Institute of Pacific Relations, Kyoto in 1929 and from 1927 to 1931 he was the president of Medhurst College, Shanghai. Between 1931 and 1933 he served as the first secretary at the Chinese Legation, London. In 1932 Hsia Ching-lin was elected technical delegate to the World Disarmament Conference, Geneva. The same year he became a technical expert to the two extraordinary Assemblies in connection with the Sino-Japanese Dispute, and to the 13th ordinary assembly. In 1933 Mr. Hsia was appointed first secretary of the Chinese Legation, Washington.
Later he became a professor of International Relations at Chiaotung University, Shanghai. Then he was appointed senior compiler of Legislative Yuan and became a member of the Legislative Yuan.
(The Civil Code of the Republic of China [C-L et al Hsia])1930
(Studies in Chinese Diplomatic History [C-L Hsia])1927
The Status of Shanghai
The Chinese Civil Code