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 >  Marking the start of 2016: CESL students celebrate New Year’s Party
On 18 December, 2015, the China-EU School of Law’s students celebrated the New Year’s party at the student activity center. The party had been prepared for several months, all acts were directed and performed by CESL students.They were joined by CESL Chinese Co-Dean Prof. Liu Fei and staff members Zeng Binbin and Pan Chenwei.

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Top: Hosts: MENG Fanqing, GAO Shang, SONG Wei and LI Xinlong
                                   Left : Solo “Incense”  by LIU Di; Right :  Chinese Guqin performance by FENG Weishi

The party began with the passionate opening dance “Together”, which was performed byCESL’s basketball team andgirls from school. A piano player performed “Greetings from Croatia”, accompanied by a singer. The Chinese zither player Jiu Kuang charmed with this eastern traditional culture. A student danced the solo “Incense” with an excellent choreography.

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Top left: Dance “Bling Bling” ; Top Right: Games
                                            Below: “Hotel California” by Lakshmi Menon, Marc Scheu, Yasid Hilmer

Several students sang in a choir.  Numerous foreign students showed their talents, too. Two guitar players and one singer performed a romantic version of “Hotel California”. The dance “Bling Bling” drew an explosion of applause, and the audience could not help but swing with the lovely dancers.

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From left to Right: “Greetings from Croatia” by LIU Jiaojiao, “CESL Girls Idol” and XIANG Yilan, one of the singers.

The audience burst into laughter during the comedy acts “My 2015” and “CESL Girls Idol”. An interactive game during the evening party heated up the atmosphere and involved the audience. The prizes were awarded by Prof. Liu Fei, Zeng Binbin and Pan Chenwei.

The party ended with the beautiful chorus “Youth”. After that the hosts gave the closing speech expressing the best wishes for 2016.

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Text: Wang Yu Qi, student from the 2015 intake
Photos: Lu Qing, student from the 2015 intake
 >  Employment statistics 2015: What graduates do after the China-EU School of Law
100 % of the Chinese China-EU School of Law’s graduates are employed or in further study three months after graduating. Most graduates find jobs in law firms in China. About 63% of graduates are female.
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Employment statistics in 2015:
In total, 113 students graduated in 2015: 73 double master students, 32 Chinese law master students,3 PhD students and 5 MEIL international graduates.

Out of the 106 Chinese graduates in 2015, 93 directly found a job. More than one third of all CESL graduates (39 graduates) signed a contract with a law firm (39 graduates, 3 of them with an international law firm), more than one fifth (23 graduates) was employed as civil servants or in public institutions, almost another fifth (18 graduates) was employed by financial or insurance institutions, and more than one tenth (13 graduates) work as in-house-counselor in companies.

13 Chinese graduates decided to further study. Ten chose universities abroad such as KU Leuven, Maastricht University, Tilburg University, and the University of Freiburg. Two graduates enrolled as PhD students at the China University of Political Science and Law and one graduate took up a postdoc at Central University of Finance and Economics.

Out of the double master students, there is one international graduate and one graduate from Taiwan. Both found jobs in law firms.

Out of the 5 MEIL international graduates, 100 % were employed or in further study three months after graduating as well.
 >  Student Huang Tingli third best oralist at CIETAC Cup
The China-EU School of Law’s student Huang Tingli was awarded third best oralist at the 2015 CIETAC Cup International Commercial Arbitration Moot (CIETAC Cup). The competition was held by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), one of the world’s largest arbitration institutions, from 6 to 11 December 2015 at the CIETAC headquarter in Beijing. The China-EU School of Law (CESL)’s Vis Moot team competed in the CIETAC Cup facing 39 teams from all over China.  Professor Susan Gale-Wintermuth and Assistant Professor Monika Prusinowska are faculty coaches this year. The Vis Moot program at CESL is in only in its third year, but already has brought great honour to the law school. In 2014, in the final competition in Hong Kong, the team has placed third out of 99 teams and finished higher than all other mainland Chinese teams.

The CIETAC moot is a pre-moot for Chinese teams in preparation for the international Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong from 6 to 13 March, 2016. “The expectations are high and the pressure is on,” Professor Susan Gale-Wintermuth says. “But regardless of outcome, the Vis Moot programme teaches skills that cannot be learned in the classroom.” Members learn how to be an advocate for their client, how to present their argument in a logical and convincing way.  The moot prepares the team members to compete on an international stage in an adversarial setting.“ And, importantly, the competition helps connect with others and form a network of mooties,” Gale-Wintermuth says. “Recently our team engaged in informal pre-moots with Wuhan University and School of Transnational Law at Peking University. At the competition, we met others and now have more moot friends.” 

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The team members are, from left to right, Lin Xi (student coach), Yang Xia, Luo Dan, Professor Susan Gale-Wintermuth (faculty coach), Zhang Yi, Huang Tingli, Liu Yuchi, Shi Zhong. Faculty coach Assistant Professor Monika Prusinowska is not in the photo.
 >  Guest lecture by Scottish scholar MacLennan: “Combating Corporate Tax Avoidance”
What are the principles of international taxation? What type of tax avoidance strategies do multinationals use? And how could fair taxation be realised to crack down on corporate tax avoidance worldwide? Giving a guest lecture on “Combating Corporate Tax Avoidance” at the China-EU School of Law under its “China-EU Law Lecture Series” on 18 November 2015, Assistant Professor Stuart MacLennan gave an insightful overview of the global tax system addressing these questions.

Whilst using some examples, such as Rio Grande Ltd and Interknit Hosiery Company, Mr MacLennan explained that the avoidance of double taxation, the avoidance of non-taxation and fair taxation are the principles of international tax law.

Mr MacLennan examined the extent of tax avoidance by major companies and their strategies. Taking the case of large multinational companies, he explained how multinationals cut their taxes dramatically using the trick to put most of their foreign profits through two companies in Ireland –Europe's greatest tax haven – and the Netherlands to Bermuda or the Cayman Islands. This is called the “Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich”. The rules allow profit to be shifted away from where they are generated to another country with a lower tax rated. Other strategies are transfer pricing or relocating value-adding elements to a low tax jurisdiction

How could corporations be forced to pay taxes then? Mr MacLennan said many issues could be resolved by means ofdisaggregation rules, a strong force of attraction or tax base erosion. The principle of source taxation should remain a sound one.

Mr MacLennan is Assistant professor at the China-EU School of Law since 2014. He also teaches European Union Law and Contract Law at Trinity College Dublin and is an Arthur Cox Research Scholar who recently submitted his PhD thesis examining the effects of the internet upon international harmonisation of taxation laws. The “China-EU Law Lecture Series” is a lose series on recent Chinese-European or  Chinese-global issues open to all students and staff at the China-EU School of Law. Mr MacLennan’s lecture was hosted by Assistant Professor Monika Prusinowska.

Article by Zhang Dandan (CESL master’s student from the 2015 intake)
 >  First EU Law Competition: Students Zhang Tingting and Xie Sicheng Win
Breadth of knowledge and speed on the buzzer: Students Zhang Tingting and Xie Sicheng beat fellow students Yu Chuqiao and Li Jiwei in the thrilling final of the first “CUPL EU Law Competition” at the China-EU School of Law on 1 December 2015. “Which institution is composed of twenty-eight national ministers, one per EU member state? a) The European Commission b) The Council of the European Union c) The European Parliament or d) Court of Justice of the European Union?” Six teams of undergraduate students, each comprising two members, answered such questions on EU law. The academic quiz show was co-organised by the China-EU School of Law and the School of International Law at the China University of Political Science and Law and took place in the Academic Report Hall on the Changping Campus. 

Zhang Tingting and Xie Sicheng fought their way through three rounds before they triumphed: In the first round, six teams were challenged by quiz masters Zeng Dong and Yasid Hilmer, both master’s students at CUPL, with multiple choice and yes or no questions. In the second round, students demonstrated their abilities in a game called “Have a guess!”. Only two teams – Zhang Tingting/Xie Sicheng and Yu Chu qiao/Li Jiwei scored the most points – made it to round three: the debate. The four students fiercely debated the question “Should the EU be further enlarged?” and answered detailed questions posed to them by Dr Clemens Richter, European Executive Co-Dean at the China-EU School of Law, Prof. Riccardo Campione of the University of Bologna and Dr Francisco Costa-Cabral, Assistant Professor at the China-EU School of Law. The jury – Dr Richter, Dr Costa- Cabral and Prof. Riccardo Campione – was clearly impressed by the thorough knowledge of the young legal talents. 

Dr Clemens Richter awarded winners Zhang Tingting and Xie Sicheng a 3,000 yuan prize. Yu Chuqiao won the audience award "Most Popular Competitor" and was awarded 500 yuan by Prof. Liu Fei, Chinese Co-Dean of the China-EU School of Law. “All teams demonstrated their excellent command of English and of European Union Law,” Prof. Liu Fei said afterwards. “We hope this competition has strengthened their interest in the EU.” 

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Six teams puzzled over tricky legal questions.
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EU Law Competition winners 2015: Zhang Tingting and Xie Sicheng

Text by Cheng Kezhou (CESL)
Photos by Cheng Kezhou (CESL) and the International School News Center


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