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 >  Xu Zhiguan’s ICC Internship Experience Share
On the evening of January 10th, the CESL Master student from 2012 intake Xu Zhiguan held a workshop, talking about his internship experience at International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague last year with an attendance of many first-year and second-year fellow students of CESL who are interested in applying internship abroad.

To begin with, the speaker vividly introduced his life in The Hague as an intern with many pictures, which held much attention from the audience to his following topics.

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Then, Xu talked about how to apply for such kind of international internship in details. Nowadays, the development of internet brings access to various internships. Facing these many options, students should investigate thoroughly in accordance with their own fields of interests. Xu also suggested some famous websites, such as United Nations Careers, China Scholarship Council edu, ICC, EUROPA edu, etc. for students to take reference from. Although many top domestic law schools have jointly launched internship programmes with different international organizations, which attracted more and more applicants with backgrounds of higher education and qualification to join the fierce competition, Xu encouraged his fellow students of CESL that “CESLers have confidence to stand out among the candidates with what we gained with CESL”. Later, he also shared some tips in self-advertising “try to make application materials more eye-catching by presenting those shining moments of you”. As Xu himself, the experience of being a member of Vis Moot for three times scored a lot for his application. Therefore, Xu urged students who had ambition to have an internship at international organizations to participate in the moot courts as many as possible not only improving one’s professional legal ability and language skills, but also adding “shining moments” to your application.

Furthermore, Xu emphasized the importance of preparing and writing the Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae. The key point was to express one’s advantages and to “advertise” oneself to employers, talking about one’s own understanding and deep feelings and showing common interest or interaction with the organization’s idea. This might attract their attention. Moreover, a clear self-positioning and career plan would show how well you have prepared for your future to the employer.

At the end of the session, Xu shared his experience and feeling sincerely at The Hague and all the participants benefited a lot at various aspects. He hoped us see internship opportunities in a more rational and objective way. Students should be aware of both positive aspects and what you would have missed before applying for such internships. For one perspective, international internship experience could truly enrich and broaden one’s horizons and give opportunities to make friends all over the world; for the other perspective, going abroad alone means one has to sacrifice the time accompanying families and friends as well as losing some job-hunting opportunities. Therefore, students should make up mind with independent thinking and critical thoughts. Making a decision most suitable to yourself would have the best effect to you. Following a vivid Q&A where students had chance to exchange their ideas with Xu over their concerned topic, the sharing session ended up in a happy atmosphere with the warm applause.

Article and photograph by Runqing (Rachel) Niu (CESL Master Student from 2013 intake)
English translation edited by LIU Zheng

 >  Lawyer XING Yusheng: Fields of Legal Occupation & Lawyer Careers
In the face of the fierce competition of job market, students from law schools have to think about the ways of how to make themselves stand out and how to make a selection from being a judge, a prosecutor, a lawyer, or a corporate counsel?

The 10th Session of the Lecture Series of “Great Sailing for Wonderful Careers" of China-EU School of Law was held in Room 305, Mingfa Building, Changping Campus, on January 10th, 2015. Mr. XING Yusheng, the Partner of Beijing JUNZEJUN Law Office and the Founder of Mocking Bird Lawyer College, was invited as the guest speaker, who delivered a lecture on “Fields of Legal Occupation & Lawyer Careers”.

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Comparing the audience to boats ready for a long sail, Mr. XING introduced the current situations, trend and dis/advantages of legal professionals by sharing his own work experience. Then, Mr. XING illustrated the 4 key factors during occupation selection, the status of Chinese solicitors, the basic works and requirements of a paralegal, and how students cultivated their own capability with law schools in order to go to the top law firms.

During Questions & Answers session, Mr. XING exchanged his ideas and opinions with students, who raised concerns such as career selection, cultivation of lawyers’ abilities, requirements of top law firms, work and life of solicitors, oversea studies etc. Mr. Xing encouraged students to do some research and to have better understandings of various fields of legal professionals, based on which, students could set up their own career plans and strive for them.

Students were deeply inspired and enlightened by Mr. Xing’s lecture.

Article by XUE Shengnan (CESL Master Student from 2014 intake)
English translation edited by LIU Zheng
 >  Project Closure Report on "The Chinese Art of Governance"
On the afternoon of January 4, 2015, Research Team of " The Chinese Art of  Governance "gave a project closure report at Room 412, Mingfa Building. The project is funded by “Yong Tong Yi Legal Philosophy Fund”, which is established by the Institute for Legal Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Research of Law (LPI) and it is the only fund granted for project conducted by students. Project advisors are Professor Zheng Yongliu, CESL full-time professor and Director of LPI, and Lecturer Yu Fei, from Comparative Law College of CUPL. The Research Team is composed of seven CESL master students from the 2013 intake. They are Yang Yayun, Si Tongle, Yu Jiamei, Ma Mengying, Deng Yuanyue, Xie Zhen, and Zhang Qun, among whom Yang Yayun contributed as the team leader.

Professor Zheng Yongliu, members of the Research Team and interested students from both 2013 and 2014 intake attended this report meeting. The whole report is divided into four parts: Introduction to the research background and the research process, summary on results of the project, comments from Project advisor, and Q & A.

Firstly, Yang Yayun gave a general introduction to the research background and the research process. The theme of this project was derived from the course on Sociology of Law of the Master of Chinese Law Programme, which was taught by Professor Zheng Yongliu. The project was formally set up in November 2013. From November 2013 to January 2015, the Research Team executed the project diligently and finally finished the Project Report. The Project Report covers more than 100,000 words in Chinese.

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Secondly, Zhang Qun introduced the first part of the Report - the Overview. The Research is divided into two parts - Overview and Discussion Points. The Overview covers concepts, characteristics, impacts, etc.. Discussion Points covers 15 topics, which are objective description on typical “Chinese Style”governance.

Si Tongle and Ma Mengying, gave presentations on two typical topics as examples: “Nationwide System” and "Chinese Relations”.

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After the team report, Professor Zheng Yongliu made comments and proposed some recommendations on the improvement of the project. He spoke highly of the project and expressed his happiness that his students are able to apply the class knowledge into practice.

At the end of the report, the audience exchanged their thoughts with the Team.

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Article by Si Tongle (CESL Double Master Student from 2013 intake )
 >  Mr. XU Shuyun on My Thirty Years in the United Nations and the UN Multilateral Aid
The 8th Session of the Lecture Series of "International Legal Professions " of China-EU School of Law was held in Room 305, Mingfa Building, Changping Campus, on the morning of 17 December 2014. The guest speaker was Mr. XU Shuyun, Executive Director of the China Association of the United Nations, Senior economist. As one of the first Chinese to participate in the UN affairs, Mr. XU Shuyun is the best witness of China to carry out the whole course of multilateral economic and technical cooperation through the United Nations. The lecture was hosted by CESL Prof. ZHENG Yongliu who is the Director of Institute for Legal Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Research of Law. More than one hundred students of CESL participated in this event.

At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. XU gave a vivid and impressive introduction to his working experience in the United Nations.

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Recommended by the Chinese government in 1982, Mr. XU Shuyun was employed by the United Nations Population Fund where he started his permanent career with the United Nations headquarters in New York. During that time, he had served as Delegate of United Nations Population Fund to Iran, to Bangladesh and to Russia respectively. In total, he worked for the United Nations for 34 years.

When it came to the problem of international aid, Mr. XU regrettably recalled that during the early days when UN began to set up offices in China, the Chinese government was not familiar with the UN's work, neither were the Chinese people who were still struggled with ideology issues. Therefore China only made one-way donation to the UN and declined any UN aid until the deepening reform and opening up of China, the country’s attitude towards UN aid has been changed and gradually taken a responsible gesture as a large country to aid other countries.

At the end of the lecture, Mr. XU introduced the employment of Chinese in the United Nations office. He said the UN's agency was a very humane institution with very good salary and welfare system. He encouraged younger generation taking part in the work of the United Nations.

In addition, Mr. XU told students that the UN now began to employ staff by means of the public recruitment to the whole society. People who are interested in the UN's positions can also learn about recruitment information directly from the United Nations webpages where one can immediately apply for a job vacancy in the United Nations headquarters. He said: "Now many young people have received higher education and hold degrees, quite a lot of whom also had abroad experience. Therefore, it is easier for them to qualify for the work of the United Nations now. In return, working in the United Nations will help young people learn and understand the world better, and equip them with advanced international concepts and ideas which is helpful to promote the modernization of China" .

During Questions & Answers, Mr. XU shared his ideas and opinions in response to students’ questions and gave his E-mail address and Wechat ID to everybody for further contact. Students were deeply inspired and enlightened by the lecture, from which they benefited a lot.

Article by Wang Yuntao (CESL Master Student from 2014 intake)
 >  Prof. Tibor Tajti's Guest Lecture at CESL
On the 10th of December Professor Tibor Tajti from the Central European University held an open lecture on the current developments on secured transaction law harmonization in Europe with special focus on the possibility of Europe adopting the unitary model.

The many students in attendance were first given insights on the functioning of the unitary model. This system, focusing on in rem rights on movables, was implemented by many Anglo Saxon countries because of its high functionality (e.g. a very creditor friendly self-help regime). It is modeled after the US Commercial Code Art 9 system with different variations in the respective countries.

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Prof. Tajti then elaborated on the different continental European approaches towards secured transaction. Many European countries have in recent years attempted to reform their secured transactions law by implementing different parts of the unitary model. These mechanisms and regimes were then compared with the US as well as UK systems and advantages and disadvantages were analyzed in detail. Furthermore, some of the recent developments in China were discussed.

With some of the advantages of the unitary model in mind, Prof. Tajti explored the possibility of implementing a harmonized secured transaction system in Europe that exceeds the current soft law attempts. He came to the conclusion that although the adoption of a unitary system would be economically beneficial, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon as the legal traditions (common law vs. civil law) and the policy choices of the EU member states vary greatly with regard to secured transactions.

The lecture was followed by a vivid Q&A where students were able to ask questions and voice their opinions on the discussed topics.

Article by Marek Bruno Ulrik Beck (MEIL International Student from 2014 Intake)

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Resit Exam Notice: Module European Union Law (2014-2015 European and International Law Programme)

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MEIL Elective Courses for Spring Semester 2015

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Exam Notice: Module European Business Law (2014-2015 European and International Law Programme)

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Information for International Applicants to the 2015 PhD Programme  

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Information for International Applicants to the 2015 Master of Chinese Law

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Faculty Manual (1st Semester of 2014-15 Academic Year)

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Information for International Applicants to 2014 Master of European and International Law

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China EU School of Law Research Center / CESL Research Center

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