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China-EU School of Law

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The China-EU School of Law (CESL) at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is the first law school which was approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China under the "Sino-foreign Schools Agreement." Former Premier Wen Jiabao expressed his hope that "CESL will educate a great cohort of talented legal professionals equipped with knowledge spanning
China-EU School of Law
China-EU School of Law

China-EU School of Law Profile

China-EU School of Law (CESL) at the China University of Political Law and Science (CUPL) is a unique institution for educating law students; for conducting and facilitating legal research and consultancy; for professional training of judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and other legal professionals; and a platform for China-EU research, teaching, legal academic and professional exchanges and collaboration.

The China-EU School of Law (CESL) at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is the first law school which was approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China under the "Sino-foreign Schools Agreement." Former Premier Wen Jiabao expressed his hope that "CESL will educate a great cohort of talented legal professionals equipped with knowledge spanning both Chinese and Western law". The ceremony took place at CUPL's Changping campus in the presence of Jose Manuel Barroso, then President of the European Commission, and Li Keqiang, then Vice Premier of the State Council and member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of China's Communist Party.

CESL is a unique institute for educating law students; for conducting and facilitating legal research and consultancy; for professional training of judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and other legal professionals; and a platform for China-EU research, teaching, legal academic and professional exchanges and collaboration.

Management

The Joint Managerial Committee (JMC) is CESL's decision making body. The JMC is composed of ten members. It is led by the Chinese Co-Chairperson Zhang Fusen, former member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), former Director of the Committee for Social and Legal Affairs of the CPPCC and former Minister of Justice, and the European Co-Chairperson Prof. Hinrich Julius from the University of Hamburg (UHH).

The ongoing affairs of CESL are administered by two Co-Deans (one of Chinese nationality, one of a non-Chinese nationality). The Co-Dean of Chinese nationality is to be nominated by CUPL and the Executive Principal of CESL, the other Co-Dean is nominated by UHH in cooperation with the European partners and in charge of Finances. The present Chinese Co-Dean is Prof. Liu Fei. The European Co-Dean is Prof. Armin Hatje, the European Executive Co-Dean is Dr. Clemens Richter. The Executive Co-Dean represents the European Co-Dean in every respect of his functions. They are both responsible for running CESL and its activities. Former Co-Deans were 2008-2012 Prof. Fang Liufang, 2008-2011 Prof. Ninon Colneric, 2011- 2012 Prof. Thomas Bruha and 2013 Prof. Aalt Willem Heringa.

Double Master Program

Former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in 2008, that the objective of the CESL Double Masters was to develop "legal professionals familiar with the laws of both China and the West". In order to achieve this goal, CESL offers courses on Chinese and European law which are both extensive and systematic. Professors and scholars come from CESL's 16 partner institutions creating a diverse faculty, open thinking and an international outlook.

The Double Master programme aims to educate well-rounded legal professionals who have a thorough knowledge of both Chinese and European law and are able to work in Chinese and English. This programme is a combination of the two programmes described below, the LL.M./J.M. of Chinese Law programme and the LL.M. of European and International Law programme. The duration of the Double Master programme is six consecutive semesters. Any student of the Double Master programme who completes the academic requirements of the programme and satisfies all graduation requirements will receive both a LL.M./J.M. conferred by CUPL and an LL.M. conferred by UHH.

The EU is China’s largest trading partner, with the increasing economic and trade development between China and Europe, there is a great demand for legal experts who know well of Chinese and European law in the fields of legal service, jurisdiction, legislation and legal research. The Double Master programme of CESL responds to this kind of demand through the combination of the LL.M./J.M. of Chinese Law programme and the LL.M. of European and International Law programme, and aims to train a generation of legal professionals who can take a leading role in the exchanges between China and Europe in the future.

a) Master of Chinese Law

The Master programme of Chinese Law is designed to provide an overview of China's legal framework within the context of post-1978 market reform, including courses in China's legal system. The focus will be to map out the evolutionary process, transitional aspects and future prospects of contemporary Chinese law in a globalised world. The full-time professors for this programme are from CESL/CUPL, while the part-time professors are all outstanding scholars from renowned universities in China and the European Union. Any student of the Master Programme of Chinese Law who completes the academic requirements of the programme and satisfies all graduation requirements will receive a Master Degree in Law conferred by CUPL.

CUPL has rich experience and gains great achievements in training J.M. candidates and Master candidates in Law. Since 1983, there have been approximately 10,000 graduate students specialized in various disciplines graduated from CUPL. The first generation of Master in Law and PhD in Law has been trained in CUPL after the establishment of P.R. China. The Master Programme in Law at CESL includes fields such as: Civil and Commercial Law, Economic Law, Criminal Law, Procedural Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law and Comparative Law. Most of the courses are taught from a strong comparative law perspective. A wide range of them is taught in English.

b) Master of European and International Law

The LL.M. programme of European and International Law is designed to expose students to broad areas of the law from the perspective of European legal history and culture and from the perspective of a globalised world, shedding light on the trend of legal unification while exploring the balance between maintaining existing legal traditions on one hand and promoting legal integration on the other.

Any student of the LL.M. programme of European and International Law who completes the academic requirements of the programme and satisfies all graduation requirements will receive an LL.M. conferred by UHH. This programme strictly follows the requirements of the European Credit Transfer System. CESL has an elaborately designed curriculum and a very diverse and international faculty for the programme. The credits and degree certificate students obtain from this programme are fully recognized in Europe, China and worldwide.

The LL.M. in European and International Law (MEIL programme), as opposed to focusing on the law of one individual nation, is designed to expose students to broad areas of the law, exploring the trend of legal unification and the balance between maintaining existing legal traditions at the same time promoting integration.

Year one

During the first year students take courses from the Master of Chinese Law.

Year two

Students begin their comprehensive studies in European and international law and finish their first master thesis in European and international law.

Year three

Students spend year three completing an internship and writing a Chinse law master's thesis. The thesis should be submitted in April, the viva voce examinations will take place in May/June.

Programme in brief

Students complete one internship, compulsory and elective courses and write two theses.

Students achieve fluency in both Chinese and English.

Scholarships are available for outstanding students.

Programme Benefits

The programme is taught by eminent academics and practitioners from around the world.

Students receive both a J.M. or an LL.M. from the China University of Political Science and Law and an LL.M. from the University of Hamburg.

Courses are taught in a variety of formats, including seminars, lectures, moot trainings and small group classes.

Language of instruction: English and Chinese.

Six semesters, starting in September.

Internationally recognised degree.

Master of European and International Law

The Master of European and International Law (MEIL) is a one-year programme leading to an LL.M. degree conferred by the University of Hamburg (UHH). It is taught in English at the China-EU School of Law (CESL) at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing. One of CESL's goals is to educate well-rounded legal professionals who have a thorough knowledge of Chinese law, EU law and international law. This is a cooperative programme between the University of Hamburg and the China University of Political Science and Law. The LL.M. programme is registered with the Chinese authorities and fully recognised in China, the EU and worldwide.

Preparing for an international career

The programme prepares students for a wide variety of international careers working for multinational law firms, companies, organisations or government authorities. Globalisation and China’s rise to an economic world power are increasing the demand for legal professionals who combine a high command of European and international law with a special expertise in Chinese legal matters both in China and Europe. With a strong focus on legal training in a Chinese-European environment, the master’s programme boosts students’ ability to analyse legal problems from an international perspective.

Around the globe in two semesters

The Master of European and International Law (LL.M.) programme exposes students to European law, comparative law and international law and also specifically to the internationalisation of law and legal practice. The programme brings together broad areas of the law, instead of concentrating on the laws of one specific nation. It explores trends of legal unification, internationalisation, globalisation and international legal practice and analyses the balance between existing legal traditions, whilst at the same time promoting deeper integration.

The curriculum follows requirements of European Credit Transfer System. The credits and law degree (LL.M.) obtained from this programme are acknowledged by European countries. Such a degree shows that the holder has received a specialized education on European and international law for one year according to European standards of legal education. Moreover, the degree will allow the graduates to work in international law firms, companies and organisations.

The Master of European and International Law programme was launched in 2008 and the first students graduated in 2010. Since then, students have come from approximately 27 different countries to study at the China-EU School of Law. The programme begins in September and ends the following August. Professors come from 13 different partner universities in Europe and represent the major legal systems.

PhD Programme

CESL offers a PhD Programme with two branches:

(1) The programme for students enrolled as PhD of Law candidates of CESL

These students are offered a series of lectures on selected topics of general importance by prominent Chinese professors. In addition, they can attend courses of the Master of European and International Law programme held in English by members of the Flying Faculty of CESL dispatched by the European partner universities of CESL. The PhD degree will be awarded by CUPL.

(2) The programme for visiting PhD candidates

PhD students of law or PhD students in sinology, sociology or political science with a focus on law enrolled in a university located in the EU may come to CESL for a research stay. They will be provided with a Chinese co-tutor. The PhD degree will be awarded by their home institution.

PhD of Law candidates of CUPL are eligible for a research stay at one of the European partner universities of CESL. They will be provided with a European co-tutor. The co-tutors will advise the visiting PhD of Law candidates on how to make the best use of the options available in order to promote their research project.

Website: http://en.cesl.edu.cn/

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