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 >  CESL Vis Moot Team at 12th CIETAC Cup International Commercial Arbitration Moot
The 12th CIETAC Cup International Commercial Arbitration Moot (CIETAC Cup) was held by the China International Economic and Trade Commission (CIETAC) on 17-21 November, 2014. This year, over 200 students coming from 33 different universities in China participated in the CIETAC Cup. CIETAC invited more than 50 international and domestic well-known lawyers and arbitrators to act as the judges for the moot.

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The CESL team was among the 33 teams arbitrating over the fictional problem elaborated by the Vienna and Hong Kong Vis Moot organization committee. For its second participation in the competition, the CESL team had the merit to rank third in the general round and reach the final top 8 in the elimination rounds This honourable achievement culminated with a banquet on the 21st November in which CESL international student Gilbert Dadzie also received the prize of the best oralist for the quarter final round.

The members of CESL Vis Team are as follows:

-2014 MEIL student Gilbert Dadzie
-2014 MEIL student Ana Trigo 
-2012 double master student Lin Xi
-2013 double master student Tan Qiujie
-2013 double master student Zhang Junmin
-2013 double master student Zhu Yanan

Coaches: Professor Susan Gale Wintermuth
                   Assistant Professor Monika Prusinowska
                   2012 double master students Zhao Chunlei

Congratulations to all of them!
 >  Dean of Law School of Leiden University Paid a visit to CESL
Prof. Rick Lawson, the Dean of Leiden University Law School, Netherlands, visited CESL at CUPL on December 3rd, 2014. He was welcomed by the Chinese Co-dean and the European Executive Co-dean of CESL.

The Co-Deans gave a brief introduction to CESL, its history and its academic structure. Prof. Rick Lawson expressed great interests in the prominent position of CESL as a platform for China and EU legal exchange. He discussed with CESL staff the academic work carried out under the three pillars of CESL and both sides investigated the possibilities of future cooperation. After the meeting the dean visited the CUPL campus, including the library and CESL teaching rooms.

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Leiden University is one of the great traditional universities of the Netherlands. The law school has more than 700 working staff, including over 100 full-time professors and it is famous for its close relationship to The Hague and its international institutions. Moreover, the Law School of Leiden University launched programmes in European and International Law taught in English far ahead of other law schools among non-English spoken countries in Europe. Recently, Leiden University has set up a number of advanced master level courses and has increased international cooperation.

The tradition of the law school goes back to the 16th century, Hugo Grotius who later became the father of International Law and Marine Law being one of its early and still famous graduates.

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 >  Chinese-German Dialogue on Administrative Procedure Law
A Research Grant of the China-EU School of Law (CESL) at CUPL enabled a workshop on new developments of Administrative Procedure Law, specifically discussing developments in Germany and China. A delegation of Chinese Academics under the leadership of Prof. Ying Songnian visited the University of Hamburg on 4 November 2014 and discussed new developments of administrative proceedings with colleagues from Hamburg, Münster and Gießen. Control and Effectiveness of administrative actions played a central role in the discussions: Which measures guarantee an internal control of administrative decisions? How can complex planning issues be organized – with a specific focus in infrastructure projects? How to organize external control of administrative decisions? These and further questions were discussed in detail. “It was remarkable how lively and intense the discussions were held among all participants of the workshop” Prof. Dr. Armin Hatje stated, the European Co-dean of CESL, who co-organized this workshop as part of a research activity of the law school.

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 >  Prof. Eger on the Role of Open Access in the Future of Academic Publishing
On the afternoon of November 5th, the CESL students enjoyed the opportunity of attending the lecture, held at Changping campus, on the role of open access in the future of academic publishing.

The speaker, Prof. Dr. Thomas Eger, gave a fascinating account of possible future developments in academic publishing. He started with an overview of some problems encountered with the traditional business model of academic publishing, which relate to inter alia vastly increasing subscription prices and the concentration of market power in the hands of a small number of worldwide publishers. Next, Professor Eger outlined the enormous possibilities offered by open access models, but equally the important challenges and problems faced by such models. In this connection, two models of open access were discussed and assessed: the “gold” and the “green” road of open access. Finally, the professor gave a first-hand insight of the first results of an international online survey that he is conducting on active researchers’ experience with and attitudes towards open access. The conclusion of the presentation was that reforms are needed to make open access models successful and sustainable.
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The presentation was followed by a Q&A-session. The students took the opportunity to learn more about open access publishing and shared their views on possible future developments in academic publishing in China and other countries

Written by Nathan Cambien (CESL Assistant Professor in MEIL programme)

 >  2014 China-Europe Academic Conference Achieved Great Success in Beijing
Co-organized by China-EU School of Law (CESL) at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and Research Centre for Government by Law (RCGL) at CUPL, the 2014 China-Europe Academic Conference was held at the Multi-functional Hall of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Hotel (BUPT Hotel) on October 23rd, 2014. The theme of the conference was “The Revision of the Chinese Administrative Litigation Law”. The conference lasted for one whole day and composed of four sessions, including: Complaints against Administrative Decisions: Revised Decision and Original Decision; Contracts between Citizens and Administrative Authorities under Administrative Litigation Law; The Invalidity of Administrative Decisions; Overview of the Various Types of Lawsuits Possible against Administrative Decisions: Focusing on Preventive Lawsuit and Confirmative Lawsuit (Feststellungsklage), that had drawn a lot of attention from the academics in the process of the revision of this law. Mr. ZHANG Fusen, Chinese Co-Chair of the Joint Managerial Committee(JMC)of CESL at CUPL, Former Minister of Justice, Prof. YING Songnian, Tenured Professor of CUPL and Chairman Emeritus of the China Administrative Law Research Association, Prof. Hinrich JULIUS, European Co-Chair of the JMC of CESL at CUPL, Prof. MA Huaide, Vice President of CUPL, Dean of the Research Center for Government by Law at CUPL and Chairman of the China Administrative Law Research Association, Mr. TONG Weidong, Vice Director of the Office for Administrative Law of the Legislative Affairs Commission of NPC, attended the conference and respectively gave welcome speeches on the opening ceremony hosted by Prof. LIU Fei, Chinese Co-Dean of CESL at CUPL. Meanwhile, Prof. Armin HATJE, European Co-Dean of CESL at CUPL,  and Dr. Clemens RICHTER, Executive Co-Dean of CESL at CUPL were present the conference, along with quite a few prestigious scholars from China and Europe. This conference also attracted the attention of several social media.

Prof. LIU Fei extended his heartfelt gratitude to all the participants for taking time out from their tight schedules and joining the conference. Following Prof. LIU’s opening remark, Mr. ZHANG Fusen also expressed his warm welcome to all the guests, experts and scholars, and sincerely wished the conference a complete success. He spoke highly of the significance of the promulgation of Chinese Administrative Litigation Law. He pointed out that it had been 24 years since the law was promulgated, and the birth of it marked the establishment of "people sues the government officials" system for the first time, a milestone of its value and far-reaching significance in the development of China's legal system. The Chinese Administrative Litigation Law, as the representative of the contemporary Chinese administrative legal system, was the most dazzling star of democracy and legal system.

Affirming the great achievements of the promulgation and implementation of the Chinese Administrative Litigation Law, Mr. ZHANG also pointed out the main problems of this law. He said that, the current administrative litigation system was uncoordinated with and not suited to the social economic development prominently. People had higher demand in the practical problems of the difficulty of placing on file, the difficulty of trial and the difficulty of execution in the administrative proceedings.  The administrative litigation had not been fully functioned; and there was also much room for the system to improve. Therefore, the revision of Chinese Administrative Litigation Law was imperative. Mr. ZHANG further explained that the revision of the law depended on the efforts and involvement by the publics, academic scholars and professionals of legal practice. The second revision of the law had been publicized not long ago; more attention should be paid to how to make it meet the needs of legal practice. He extended his best wishes to the conference on creative ideas towards the revision through thorough discussion.

At last, Mr. ZHANG summarized the significance of this event, mentioning that CESL at CUPL played a role as a platform for academic exchanges between China and Europe and RCGL at CUPL was an important base of investigation in theories and practices of a law-based government. An academic conference held by these two institutes would surely promote the legal cultural exchanges between China and Europe.

Following Mr. ZHANG’s speech, Prof. YING Songnian introduced the backgrounds of the revision on Chinese Administrative Litigation Law. On one hand, the revision had been going on for a couple of months with heated discussions among academic circles; on the other hand, Prof. Ying said, revision on the law was even harder than making the law due to various opinions from the process of the revision, since the revision had been prepared for many years and drawn widely attention from the whole society. Different opinions would lead to different requirements on the revision.

Meantime, Prof. YING Songnian was looking forward to the conference. He hoped each of the scholars participated in would have an open-minded discussion at the conference, and would study and discuss the achievements of the second revision of Chinese Administrative Litigation Law and the problems of the third review together. He expected that the foreign scholars could introduce the legislative experience of the law of the foreign countries. Prof. YING also spoke highly of the meaning of this event and wished it to achieve a complete success.

Prof. Hinrich JULIUS said that he had been working together with several experts present here today for many years and cooperated on the relevant issues which had also made good progress a few years ago. As the European Co-Chair of the JMC of CESL, he was glad to be able to contribute to the conference as well. He further mentioned that, the CESL, since its establishment in 2008, CESL’s purpose was not only confined to the academic exchanges; but at the same time it also included the promotion of the development of a full range of exchanges between China and the EU. CESL had both participated in the discussion of revision of relevant laws, and cooperated with the government and courts in long-term perspectives and at all levels, including the revision of the Chinese Administrative Litigation Law.

On behalf of CUPL and RCGL, Prof. Ma Huaide raised his expectation towards the academic conference and thanked all scholars for making time out of their tight schedule and sharing their wisdom on the revision of Chinese Administrative Litigation Law, which was also the theme of this event and was the echo to the amendment of the law reviewed by the National People's Congress. More importantly, the amendment was expected to be passed by the end of this month. Thus, the conference was very influential. Prof. MA believed that this was an outstanding chance for Chinese and European scholars to change ideas. China used to hold relevant conferences with U.S., Germany, France and Korea on Administrative Litigation Law and this was the first time in China to gather so many scholars globally so he was confident that the conference would achieve fruitful outcome.

Facing the coming third review of Chinese Administrative Litigation Law, Mr. TONG Weidong also delivered his best wishes to the success of the event co-organized by CESL and RCGL. He introduced that the Office for Administrative Law of the Legislative Affairs Commission of NPC, PRC had sent four representatives to take part in the conference. He pointed out that the issues of the conference were the problems that had no clear answers since they began their research. Mr. TONG hoped that the discussion of Chinese and foreign experts would enlighten sparkles on the revision of Chinese Administrative Litigation Law.


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