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 >  Third Report on Elective Courses at the Central European University, Hungary
Central European University is a prestigious institution, which provides graduate-level, English-taught degrees accredited in the State of New York (US) and Hungary (EU). The university was founded in 1991 in response to the fall of the iron curtain. The renowned investor and philanthropist George Soros provided an endowment of US$880 million, making the university one of the wealthiest in Europe. The initial aim was to create a Western-modeled yet distinctly Central European institution that would foster inter-regional cooperation and educate a new corps of regional leaders.

CEU offers distinctive and competitive curriculums. English language teaching ensure students can handle general affairs in the international community. My selective courses belong to the "Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law" program. This program was established in 1992, and remains the only LLM program of its kind in the world. The core curriculum centers on fundamental issues in comparative government and constitutional rights protection. The program equips students with advanced analytical skills and offers comparative insight.

CEU is a very international university. More than 600 CEU students from nearly 80 countries received master and doctoral degrees at the 24th annual graduation ceremony this year. Almost all the students have prior work experience. Each student has a unique personality. For the first time, I met a blind student in the classroom. He told me that he planned to apply for a PhD degree after graduating from CEU. If his dream comes true, he would become the first blind PhD candidate in Hungary. I was really touched by his positive attitude and great talent. All the achievements he got have been based on both his own efforts and the support from CEU. Guarantee of equal rights and opportunities is not as easy as building barrier-free toilets. CEU always keeps in mind to implement anti-discrimination policy in every area.

It is a pleasure for me to witness the 2015 graduation ceremony. I was impressed on how CEU spares no effort to encourage students "to build a better world". Chairman of the CEU Board of Trustees - Leon Botstein reminded students that their CEU degree holds very special responsibilities: "You chose to come to a university that asks you to be interested in more than yourself, in something more than your personal career – to be concerned about freedom, justice, equality, and peace. I am very proud that you chose this; you did not choose to go to an ordinary university." To close the commencement ceremony, Shattuck offered these words to graduates: "Go forth and save the world!"

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The graduation ceremony of 2015; The courses at CEU
The legal department of CEU

For me, one of the best experiences was the course "Race and law in Europe" taught by a young professor, Mathias Möschel. This course examined the way in which race and ethnicity have developed and played a role in the European context. Now I understand that Europe is a mixture of various people: various in terms of religion, skin colour or with different backgrounds, such as immigrant background.  Although human rights, equality, dignity and justice had been written in every states’ constitution long time ago, many problems still exist in Europe. Another best experience lies in the friendship. My European colleagues are gentle, moderate, independent and also generally very interested in China. I am happy that I managed to build real friendships in Europe. Finally, travelling in Europe is also an unforgettable experience. I travelled to Vienna, Stuttgart, Milan, Florence and Rome and made some little trips around Budapest.

Professor Tibor Tajti teaching insolvency law at CESL met us twice during the stay and provided plenty of helpful advice. Before our departure, Professor Tajti treated us a very nice farewell coffee and was full of hope for the MEIL program. Professor Stefan Messmann, who taught company law at CESL, together with his wife invited us to enjoy a wonderful Chinese dinner together.

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Photos with Professor Tibor Tajti and Professor Stefan Messmann

Article and Photos by ZHANG Qun (CESL Double Master’s student from the 2013 intake)

Report No.1 CESL Students Started Elective Course at Central European University
 >  2015 CESL Graduation Ceremony
On the morning of June 29th, 2015, CESL Graduation Ceremony was held in Room 306, Mingfa Building, Changping Campus with an attendance of Prof. LIU Fei, Chinese Co-dean of CESL, Dr. Clemens RICHTER, European Executive Co-dean and part of CESL faculty members and family members of the graduates. The ceremony was hosted by Ms. ZHAO Chunlei, one of the 2015 graduates.

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The 4 sessions of the ceremony --- group photo, speeches by teacher & student representatives, wishes from the Co-deans and awarding degrees by Co-deans --- was carried out sequentially and lasted two and a half hours, in which faculty members and students of CESL expressed their thankful feelings and wishes to the law school.

Prof. FENG Xiaoqing, Prof. ZHANG qing,
Prof. QI Hong, Prof. LIU Zhihui, Prof. ZHENG Yongliu:

At the beginning, Prof. FENG Xiaoqing, as one of CESL teaching faculty members, delivered graduates three meaningful wishes. Firstly, he urged that “the more burdens we carry, the more sense of responsibility we should have.” Secondly, he required us to keep rigorous constantly since details made a difference. Thirdly, He hoped the graduates to keep the spirit of innovation, the courage of exploration and striving for success.

Prof. ZHANG Qing, the second representative from teaching faculty members, emphasized on CESL’s characteristics which bring lots of benefits to students. CESL’s students faced enormous pressure from the complicated courses, from which they were subtly cultivated good skills of compression, team work and time management.

Later on, Dr. QI Hong also extended her best wishes to graduates by reminding the graduates to recognize realities and have a positive attitude. Learning is a much simpler thing than working; she hoped the graduates to be modest and to learn patiently and to keep accumulating to achieve goals eventually.

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Prof. LIU Zhihui expressed her feelings of sadness in the speech. She believed that wherever the students would go in future, they would be with the deep tattoos of “CESL”.

The speech of teaching faculty representative concluded with a humorous discourse by Prof. ZHENG Yongliu, who held that the rigid way of thinking, trained out of the law school, would not affect CESL’s students who usually had broader perspectives and are full of passion.

Shortly afterwards, the graduates shared their personal experience with CESL and expressed their gratitude in their speeches.

Offering his own experience as an example, JIANG Xuan, on behalf of all the double master graduates from 2012 intake, shared how CESL brought everyone to become a whole family. He was extremely proud of being a member of this warm family and firmly believed that choosing CESL was the best thing he ever did. The past three years was a fruitful period of life that everyone supported each other to get the biggest motivation and to fight for a brighter future. At the end of his speech, he couldn’t help sobbing when recalled the precious three years with classmates, he said: “we classmates gathered as a mass of fire and scattered as the starry sky; No matter where we go, we will succeed as the sparkling stars.”

Gilbert Dadzie, as the representative of international graduates, introduced his life with CESL in humorous language. Gilbert deemed that CESL was not only a window for Chinese students to look through and know Europe, but also a school bringing China closer to the European students. He thanked for the warm-hearted help and share from Chinese students, the communication and companionship from international students as well. In addition to a better knowledge of Chinese law he had in the one year school life in CESL, Gilbert, like other international students, harvested precious friendship and got to Chinese culture in various aspects. Finally, he fondly said: "I will miss everything here in CESL!”

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Speaking in her tender voice as an English news reporter of the campus, NIU Runqing, representing graduates of 2013 intake majoring in Chinese law, looked back to her life with CESL in the past two years. Firstly, she extended gratitude to all CESL professors and working staff for their hard work and congratulated all fellow students onsite on their graduation. She considered that all of students benefited from CESL’s unique teaching methods and professors’ words and deeds which led them to the right path. At the same time, CESL taught them how to face uncertainty of the future and how to enjoy this experiencing process, which was the foremost attitude for life. With tears in her eyes, she encouraged everyone: "We do not graduate by this time point, we just have a long holiday and I hope we can always come back."

Then, PhD graduate, ZHENG Yushuang, expressed his heartfelt appreciation to all CESL faculty members for their non-dogmatic education and delivered his best wishes to CESL’s future development. He also mentioned that CESL provided a big platform where students were free to choose interesting courses without restrictions so that they could fully perform their skills and talents.

Prof. LIU Fei, Dr. Clemens RICHTER

At last, the two Co-deans delivered their best wishes to all the graduates. Dr. Clemens Richter, the European Executive Co-dean, said CESL, as the only law school approved by the Ministry of Education under the "Sino-foreign Schools Agreement", had its unique advantages over other law schools. CESL is an important bridge for China and Europe to better understand each other. Cooperating with many European partner universities, CESL provided students with the access to the most multiple and cutting-edge legal view brought by foreign faculties; students had many opportunities to directly go to Europe and to further their study on EU law so that they were able to solve uncommon international disputes; with a growing reputation and achievements, CESL was laying a solid foundation for its students in job market.

Prof. LIU Fei mentioned that CESL had always been working on building a better platform in high quality and expertise, as well as thoughtful and detailed service to the students who were widely regarded as the legal talents with abundant knowledge of Chinese and Western law. Under the joint efforts of all teachers and students these years, CESL developed increasingly and obtained fruitful achievements and success. He hoped CESL students would have a broader international vision and find their own places where they can make its due contribution to the development of the rule of law in our country.

At last, the two Co-deans awarded master degrees to each of the graduates and took photos with them.

After the ceremony, all the graduates and faculty members left their autograph on the “graduate board” and took group photos together.

Written by: HAN Xiao (CESL Master's students from 2014 intake)
 >  Studying at the Maastricht University
CESL students had the great honor to study at the Maastricht University for two months and they benefited a lot from the stay. Maastricht University students enjoy advanced education facilities and favorable learning atmosphere. The Faculty of Law is located in a traditional European-style area. Inside the building of the faculty, mixed interior design attracts the visitors. Lecture rooms with its cathedral design, the North European-style tutorial rooms and the student activity center provide students with great venues to get together and run endless discussions. The modern library is the most popular place among the students and it is the best place to study. During the examination week, the library extends its opening hours to help the students with preparations.

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CESL Students with Ms. Mommertz Josta in the Faculty of Law
The old wall in front of the library; the lecture room

Maastricht University got its fame because of its question-oriented teaching style. CESL students could feel it right from the first lecture. Even if it is a lecture, professors do not expect to take the leading role. Instead, the Maastricht University professors try to put forward new questions, open discussions and by doing that deepen the students’ knowledge. Additionally, Maastricht University puts emphasis on developing students’ self-studying abilities. Taking the course of comparative corporate governance as an example, the students were required to prepare 100 pages of material before each lecture and the tutorials were primarily run by the students. The tutor was responsible for providing new questions and moderating the discussion. What is more, Maastricht University teaches good team work where smooth communication and coordination is the key to complete the work. What attracted CESL students most, was the positive and enthusiastic study attitude of other students at the Maastricht University and their willingness to discuss various topics.           

International students'party

During the weekends and the holidays, it is nice to enjoy leisure time in Maastricht. It is possible to take a stroll around the old city or the old wall in front of the library. People there are very enthusiastic. The experience of the students shows that, for example, in Paris, it was difficult to get an answer in English, while in the Netherlands everyone can understand and speak English.

Life in Maastricht is very convenient. The city is located in the boarder of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It is possible to travel to Germany by bus or to Belgium by train in less than one hour. It is also possible to meet the students from different countries and the parties are the best way to make new friends.

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Street market in Maastricht

CESL students had unforgettable experience in Maastricht.

Article and Photos by CHEN Caixia, WANG Shan and ZHOU Lei (CESL Double Master's Students from 2013 Intake)

Report No. 1 Students’ Arrival at Maastricht University

Report No. 2 Review on Elective Courses at the Maastricht University, the Netherlands
 >  Second Report on Elective Courses at the Central European University, Hungary
Being in Budapest for one and half a month, every day CESL students travel from the residence center to the campus for half an hour to enjoy their study and daily life there. 

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(From left to right, top to bottom: Budapest Ferris Wheel, the Szent István Bazilika, Castle Hill and the city park)

The location of the Central European University (CEU) is very different from that of the China University of Political Science and Law - it has not one single campus but the premises of the CEU are scattered around the city which is typical for many European universities. The legal studies department is centered in one building on the Zrinyi Street and the courses are mainly taught in the Monument Building. CEU’s legal studies department arranged for CESL students several courses within electives and every student could choose the courses he or she is particularly interested in. There are not more than 20 students per class, what ensures effective communication between students and professors.

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(Legal studies department building)

The courses of International Business Law, Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law were already completed. Each of the courses discussed four various topics and for example International Business Law course provided the classes on Mediation, International Civil Litigation, Presentation of Evidence in International Arbitration and Regional Trade Agreements. The course titled Presentation of Evidence in International Arbitration, taught by Prof. Martin Hunter, was a combination of theory and practice. Prof. Hunter said that the moot courses are only the top of the iceberg of international arbitration and huge part of arbitration is focused on digging for evidence and proof. The first discussed case related to the issues of jurisdiction, language, and translations. The second one was about the witness examination. Prof. Hunter invited two of his colleagues to play the roles of witnesses in the hearing. One of them was an experienced lawyer and the other one was a PhD candidate. The students could choose the roles of claimant, respondents or tribunal. Because the participating students came from different legal traditions’ backgrounds, when examining the witnesses, they had their own rules and techniques. It was a very diversified class composition that broaden the students’ horizons and led to the intense debates.

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(First photo: witness examination in the class; Second photo: the students with Prof. Hunter)

The Human Rights course provided students with a new perspective on how to learn more about human rights protection legislation. Comparative Constitutional Law course to some extent also related to human rights issues, but took a different approach to the problems discussed.

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(First photo: the students with Prof. Victoria Nwogu teaching the course of Human Rights in Africa with Special Focus on Gender Issues; the second photo: Professor Mathias Möschel teaching the course of  Race and Law in Europe with the students)

The students' extracurricular life was very colorful as well. They organized various trips, such as the one across the Danube River to the other side of Budapest, the visits to the Budapest History Museum and the Budapest Parliament.

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(First photo is Szechenyi Chain Bridge, others photos: scenery from the Castle Hill)

The residence center also organized various activities for the students, such as outdoor dinners or movie evenings. On 31st May, the center organized a Danube boat trip during which the boat took the students to the Visegrád Castle where they watched Hungarian traditional martial arts and visited the castle ruins.

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On 7th June, the Sixth Picnic and Sports Meeting of CEU took place. The sports meeting included a variety of events, such as basketball, football, fencing, volleyball, athletics, and badminton, as well as aerobics and yoga for ladies and some activities for children.

In the badminton match, YANG Yayun and SONG Guangli from CESL won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

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(First photo: CESL students together, the second photo: three competitors in badminton match, the third photo: Yang Yayun with badminton referee Mr. László Katona)

On 14th June, the residence center organized a bus trip to the Balaton Lake. Balaton Lake is Europe's third largest lake with beautiful scenery. On 22nd June, Prof. Tibor Tajti invited the students for a meeting in one of the coffee shops next to the Szent István Bazilika. Prof. Tajti was glad to hear that the students had great time studying at the CEU and enjoyed the life in Budapest. The students also had a chance to meet Prof. Messmann during their stay in Hungary.

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(CESL students and Prof. Tibor in front of the Szent István Bazilika)

The elective courses at the CEU are coming to the end and the day CESL students will go back China is coming soon. CESL students wish to thank Prof. Messmann and Prof. Tajti for their earnest instructions, Ms. Tunde Szabo and Ms. Zsuzsanna Bukta for their great assistance and all the professors and students for the time spent together! Life in Budapest will be one of the most wonderful experiences in the students’ lives. .

Article by YIN Yi (CESL Double Master’s student from the 2013 intake)
Photos from YIN Yi, YANG Yayun, SONG Guangli, ZHANG Qun (CESL Double Master’s student from the 2013 intake)

Report No.1 CESL Students Started Elective Course at Central European University
 >  Review on Elective Courses at the Lund University, Sweden
Six Double Master Students of the 2013 intake had their elective courses at the Lund University from May 2nd to June 7th, 2015. Lund University offered CESL students three courses: Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and Gender and Migration Law.

The course "Corporate Social Responsibility" was given by Professor Radu Mares and the classes started with an interesting question: whether corporate social responsibility should be regulated by soft law or hard law. Professor Mares introduced the status quo of the issue from both international and national perspectives. At the international level, Professor Mares analyzed all the important rules of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), focusing on the responsibilities of business enterprises to respect human rights. However, the principles belong to the category of soft law, which means they do not have legally binding power and no enforcement can be sought. At the national level, companies usually have the responsibility to disclose relevant information under national legal framework.  The course moved then to a deeper analysis of the issue from the economic perspective and topics of voluntarism, incentive mechanism and regulation modes in corporate social responsibility were discussed. This course provided the students anew way of thinking by combining business and human rights and showing international tendencies, especially among developed countries. Corporate social responsibility is becoming more and more important and a special treaty on this issue is expected to be prepared in the near future.   
The course "Human Rights and Gender" was taught by Professor Miriam Estrada. It was focused on the history, current situation and shortages of the protection of the rights of women. It introduced the interaction between interest of women and modifications of international law, described the time line of the development of the protection of women's rights in international documents and analyzed these documents critically, especially the aspect of violence prevention. The course pointed out the challenges and problems of the protection of women and discussed the feasible ways of dealing with them. Moreover, the students had a lot of heated discussions concerning some profound cases in this field during the seminar. The conclusions on the achievements, the understanding of the toughness of the situation and the awareness of the blank of corresponding regulations benefited the students a lot.

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  Professor Miriam Estrada and Lecture on Human Rights and Gender; Taking photos with foreign classmates after lectures finished

The course on Migration Law was mainly taught by Prof. Vladislava Stoyanova. In addition to that, few famous guest professors deeply explored a number of key topics in the field of immigration law. Students worked with the important legal documents in the field and analyzed typical cases related to controversial topics, such as child asylum, labor migration, human trafficking, border control and refugees' protection. Moreover, in addition to this very interesting course, the faculty of law also organized a visit to Malmo Immigration Court and the students had the opportunity to understand immigration court's caseload, work processes etc.

Before the elective courses started, Ms. Anna Wiberg, the librarian of Lund University met CESL students and introduced them to the book classification system and databases available at the university.

CESL students were also very happy to meet new friends from Lund University, including the exchange students from the the China University of Political Science and Law.

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Having parties with students from CUPL in Lund University

Professor Bengt Lundell, a member of the Flaying Faculty of CESL met CESL students twice during their stay: the first meeting was at the beginning and the second one was at end of their stay in Lund. Prof. Lundell shared with the students some interesting stories about the city of Lund and Lund University.

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A photo with Prof. Lundell

CESL students used their spare time to travel around Europe. Some of them went to Berlin, where on one hand, one can experience the history of the World War II, but on the other hand, can also feel the energy and joy of the city. Paris is full of museums scattered all around the city. Amsterdam is famous for its openness, however, what impressed the students most were the beautiful villages and enthusiastic people living there. By traveling around Europe, CESL students experienced different cities' splendors, different lifestyles, different cultures and histories, which taught them much more than what they could learn from books.    

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Eiffel Tower in Paris; City Hall of Stockholm

37 days of the adventure at the Lund University finally came to the end. CESL students declared they would need time to digest this unique experience, which brought new knowledge, new ways of thinking and also kind of cultural shock. The students hope to turn it all into the power to guide them in the future.

Article by ZHU Binbin (CESL Double Master’s student from the 2013 intake)
Photos by HOU Wenqi, DUAN Yuxuan, LUO Lan (CESL Double Master’s student from the 2013 intake)
English Translation by MAO Wenfei, XIONG Yuxiao (CESL Double Master’s student from the 2013 intake)

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MEIL Master’s Students 2015 Application


Faculty Manual (2nd Semester of 2014-15 Academic Year)


CESL Master’s Thesis Guidelines 2015


MEIL Elective Courses for Spring Semester 2015


Information for International Applicants to the 2015 PhD Programme  


Information for International Applicants to the 2015 Master of Chinese Law


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


China EU School of Law Research Center / CESL Research Center


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