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 >  MEIL Master’s Students 2014
After completion of the first year studies on the "Master of Chinese Law", the CESL master’s students from the 2013 intake will now enter the "Master of European and International Law"(MEIL) starting on September 9. This is a cooperative programme between the University of Hamburg (UHH) and China-EU School of Law (CESL) at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). It is part of the double master programme offered by CESL; on successful completion of the MEIL programme, the students will be awarded a master’s (LLM) degree by UHH. The LL.M. programme is registered with the Chinese authorities and fully recognised in China, the EU and worldwide. Studying the MEIL is one of the unique features of CESL as the first and only law school that has been registered as a China-Foreign jointly run school.

We expect the students to send in their signed applications before July 4th 2014 to the CESL Teaching Administration. We do expect that all the master’s students from 2013 intake will now continue with the MEIL and enjoy their time with MEIL.
 >  Lecture on “Foreign Investment - Why in Spain?”
On the afternoon of June 26th, 2014, the CESL students enjoyed the opportunity of attending the lecture, held at Changping campus, on Chinese foreign investment to Europe with the focus on Spain as an investment destination. The speaker – Mr. Juan Alvarez-Ossorio is the alumni of the China-EU School of Law and he attended the program of Chinese Law Taught in English in 2011. After his graduation, Mr. Alvarez–Ossorio came back to Spain and started to work in the family law firm pursuing his idea of making the law firm an important player in the field of China – Spain investment.

That was a very right moment for the lecture centered on Spain and its legal environment, since 20 CESL students will travel very soon to Madrid to participate in the Summer School "Spanish Law, Politics and Economics” organized by the CESL’s partner university – Autonoma University in Madrid.

The lecture was titled “Foreign Investment - why in Spain?” and dealt with various aspects of investment environment pointing to the advantages of Spain over the other EU countries. Mr. Alvarez–Ossorio discussed the types of investment available for Chinese investors, tax policy, as well as visa and residence permit regulations and the Spanish tools to attract the investors from China. The example of Spain was used to illustrate typical problems of foreign investment.

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The presentation was followed by the Q&A session opened by the European Executive Co-dean – Dr. Clemens Richter. The students took the opportunity to learn more on the characteristics of investing in the EU countries and shared their views on approval procedures, investment arbitration and visa policies.

Written by Monika Prusinowska
Chinese Translation by Liu Zheng
Photo by Liu Zheng

 >  CESL Double Master’s students at the Central European University in Hungary for Elective Courses
After staying in Budapest for nearly one month, we are generally familiar with the beautiful scenery and the welcoming people here. Every day we need to spend more than 45 minutes to arrive to the school. This period of time gives us a chance to feel the native people’s lifestyle.

Different from the courses we have had in Beijing, master courses at the Central European University are much more deep-going. Especially the two students, who choose to study “The Theory of Fundamental Rights”, felt a lot of pressure when they found that the first week’s reading materials were long pieces about Kant’s justice theory and Locke’s “Two Treaties of Government”. However, difficult readings give us an opportunity to rethink our learning methods and teach us always to apply thinking. When talking about fundamental rights, Professor Matthias Messmann is mainly concentrated on finding the origins of the rights, so that there are constant discussions relating to philosophy. Because Chinese students are not very familiar with the European philosophers, it is really difficult to understand these theories in a short period of time. But Professor Matthias Messmann has always done his best to explain these theories and encouraged us to discuss more during his classes.

Moreover, Li Shuo participated in a doctor seminar last week which was hosted by Professor Tajti. As the seminar was mainly focused on works written by the Indian scholar Amartya Sen, students communicated a lot about social welfare, democracy and human rights.

We all have the feeling that both teachers and students here are very interested in China. Every week, there are several speeches about China and professors often relate to Chinese legal system and social atmosphere during their teaching. Many students here are looking forward to understanding more about Chinese culture and social issues, especially - Chinese food.

Last Saturday, Professor Messmann and his wife treated us with a big dinner in the best Chinese restaurant in Budapest. We discussed a lot about various social issues in Budapest and Beijing. Professor Messmann and his wife’s kindness has made us feel the warmth of home.

Time flies, we only have 20 days left in Budapest. We hope we can learn more from both the CEU and from the city.

By Qin Mengfan (CESL Double Master's students from 2012 intake)
 >  Summary Report: CESL Double Master’s students took elective courses at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, Germany
On May 25th, 2014, after finishing the study of seven-week electives at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg in Germany, five CESL Double Master students: Guo Yun, Hao Zheng, Jiang Xuan, Li Kaixu and Xu Caimengxiao successfully returned to Beijing. They said goodbye to the cool and peaceful breeze in Hamburg and were embraced by Beijing's shining sun and familiar blazing heat.

Europa-Kolleg Hamburg is located near the Elbe River and has both beautiful neighborhood and convenient transportation. Life there is quiet. Colorful flowers and pleasant shade of trees are everywhere. Europa-Kolleg Hamburg accommodated the five CESL students with perfectly facilitated single rooms and capacious classrooms. Every day CESL students spent their time studying in that lovely place and were accompanied by a group of enthusiastic international students from the Europa-Kolleg who also major in EU-law.

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(On arrival in Europa-Kolleg, students took a picture with Prof. Dr. Markus Kotzur and teaching staff.)

In order to know Hamburg better and to get a whole picture of its long history and culture, CESL students visited the City Hall of Hamburg located near the lake Alster. The architectural style of the City Hall is neo-renaissance. The balcony is surmounted by a mosaic of Hamburg's patron goddess Hammonia and an inscription of the city's Latin motto: "Libertatem quam peperere maiores digne studeat servare posteritas" (English: May posterity strive to preserve the freedom won by our elders).

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(Picture taken in front of the City Hall of Hamburg)

In addition, for the purpose of experiencing local life and on the initiative of a senior CESL student - Du Ruyi, the five students got up very early in the morning and went to the fish market of Hamburg, which is only available during Sunday mornings. The Hamburg fish market has a long history of at least 300 years and symbolizes the local long-lasting, traditional trade approach. Among the on-sale commodities are not only all kinds of fresh seafood, but also fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers and even clothes. Vendors were shouting, canvassing for customers one after another making the scene boisterous. After the shopping, students returned to their dormitories and using freshly purchased ingredients they cooked together and enjoyed delicious lunch.

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(Picture taken before lunch, in front of the self-cooked dishes)

Furthermore, during the time of the Easter Holiday, CESL students took the opportunity to travel to other European countries to have a taste of Europe's culture and magnificent diversity.

Not only the Louvre, the Versailles, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but also the Roman arena, the Florence Cathedral, or Uffizi Gallery in Italy made the students feel the combination of ancient and modern civilization of Europe, historical and cultural differences, as well as integration between eastern and western countries.

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(Picture taken in front of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris)

When the Easter holiday ended, students returned to Hamburg ready to engage in another phase of studying. From May 7th to May 9th, together with the Europa-Kolleg’s international students, CESL students participated in the Europa-Kolleg's first 2014-Semester excursion to Berlin - the capital of Germany.

On the first day, students arrived at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) and together with the students of the Master Programme “Europawissenschaften Berlin” they participated in a game called "Social Europe". The game is a simulation of the European Summit. Students were given different roles for the country they were assigned to represent in the game and were required to negotiate on a wide range of issues with an expectation of agreeing upon "a common declaration on the future of Europe" at the end of the simulation. Through this game, students gained further knowledge about different European countries and the problems they are confronted with, appreciated the techniques and power of diplomatic negotiations and improved their understanding of the current situation in Europe.

On the next day, CESL students had the honor to pay a visit to the German Foreign Office. They attended the 17th International WDR-Europaforum organized by WDR in cooperation with the European Commission and the European Parliament. High profile politicians from all over Europe discussed the prospects of EU. The central issues under discussion were the Ukraine crisis and the election to European Parliament. CESL students had the honor to meet the Ambassador of Peoples' Republic of China in Germany - Mr. Shi Mingde and to listen to his splendid report.

On the last day of Berlin excursion, CESL students visited German Foreign Office one more time and attended a lecture on the topic of the Common Foreign Security Policy of EU. During their free time in the afternoon, students had a tour to the Berlin wall. By the time they got back to Hamburg, the 825th birthday of the harbor of Hamburg (Hamburger Hafengeburtstag) was already celebrated and the students were lucky to be a part of it.

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(Picture taken at the German Foreign Office at the event of 17th International WER-Europaforum)  

As time goes by, the 7-week exchange programme came to the end and CESL students, after solid preparations, successfully completed the exams of their electives. It was time to say goodbye to the professors and international students at the Europa-Kolleg. Prior to the departure, Professor Julius from Law School of the University of Hamburg invited the students to his office for a talk and feedback regarding their studying and living in Hamburg, as well as the teaching plan hoping that the feedback could be helpful to the new students next year.

Prof. Markus Kotzur from the Europa-Kolleg invited the students to a typical local German coffee house and shared his life experience of studying and teaching encouraging the students to make further progress in their future plans.
In addition, fellow students of the Europa-Kolleg prepared a warm farewell party for their five Chinese friends who were about to leave Germany. Having wonderful time together they exchanged contact information and souvenirs. With the blessing of international friends, the German journey of our 5 CESL students of the double master programme came to a happy end.

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(Picture taken before the departure during the farewell party with the international students from the Europa-Kolleg, Hamburg)

Article by Guo Yun (CESL Double Master's students from 2012 Intake)

 >  Legal Professionals on the Diplomatic Stage- Session XI of the Lecture Series of "International Legal Professionals"
Mr. CHEN Shiqiu, Vice-Chairman of both China Society for Human Rights Studies and United Nations Association of the People's Republic of China, member of Chinese Society of International Law and CUPL part-time professor, gave an excellent lecture on "Legal Professionals on the Diplomatic Stage" at 9 a.m. June 11th, 2014, Mingfa Building, Changping Campus, CUPL.  Prof. CHEN once served as Chinese representative and ambassador to international organizations such as the United Nations in Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as UN Industrial Development Organization; he also used to be the ambassador to UN in Indonesia and an ambassador from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As the sixth pa of the Lecture Series, this lecture was aiming at broadening students' international horizons and enlarging their legal professional knowledge of foreign affairs, CESL Prof. ZHENG Yongliu, who is also the director of Institute for Legal Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Research of Law, hosted the lecture.

Started with an analogy of diplomacy, Prof. ZHENG described it as "Invisible swords, under the surface of gentle politeness, the tit-for-tat position was hidden, so how would legal professionals gain the access to diplomatic playing field? What roles do they play in this playing field?"

In his lecture, Mr. CHEN firstly emphasized the importance of law in diplomacy. He said "In diplomatic stage, legal professionals should learn to use law as a weapon when seeking benefits for their nations and to safeguard national sovereignty and dignity”.

Later on, Mr. CHEN introduced various aspects of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 such as rules about the foundation of diplomatic relations and embassies, the duty of embassies, the classification of embassy staff, the administrative levels of the heads of diplomatic missions, the assignment and reception of the embassy staff, the privileges and immunities of embassy etc. "In short, the interaction between nations is what we called diplomacy, which needs the exchanges of diplomats and establishment of diplomatic missions". To properly fulfill diplomats’ duties, the country of residence should ensure their security, regulated by related international laws. Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the most important international treaty signed in 1961, comprehensively covered  principles, rules and regulations applicable to the diplomatic relations between countries, including: countries could build diplomatic relations and embassies based on agreements; the duties for embassies are composed of the representation of the interests of their motherlands, negotiation with the receiving country, and the maintenance of a healthy relationship with the receiving country etc..
Mr. CHEN also instanced some typical examples in diplomatic practice that conflicts the rules of international laws. For example, during the Cold War, restrictions were imposed on the number of diplomats; in particular, the western countries have such restrictions towards diplomats from the socialist countries. Rejection happens on ambassador nomination. The most recent case was that the U.S. government refused Iranian ambassadors to U.N. nominated by Iran. Sending countries violated special provisions for the dispatches of diplomatic attaches. For instance, in 1951, China forged ahead diplomatic relations with Indonesia, though the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations has not been signed at that moment, "Diplomatic attaches should be sent with consents of the receiving countries" was a common international practice. However, China sent its military officials to Indonesia without a notice, which became one of the problems between the two countries.
On the second part of the lecture, Mr. CHEN introduced diplomatic privileges and immunities of representatives to stress adverse consequences may be rose from the violation of the corresponding obligations of the diplomatic personnel. Those consequences could be: (1) the recall of diplomatic personnel required by the receiving country. Due to their inappropriate behavior on their duty, the receiving country announced them as unpopular or unacceptable people. (2) Severance of diplomatic relations between the sending and receiving countries. One immediate consequence was that two countries respectively closed their embassy and withdraw embassy staff. (3) Armed conflict could break out
Mr. CHEN concluded, "The principles and rules of law should be abided by. However, they should also serve for the politics and diplomat is the one using legal weapons to fight for the dignity and interests of his nation".
At the end of his speech, Mr. CHEN traced the history of Chinese foreign relations from ZHENG He's expedition and the Silk Road, to GUO Songtao, China's first diplomat in late Qing dynasty, to the history of diplomatic relations establishment with socialist countries in the early years of the new China. He also shared some experience with students when he served as ambassador, such as, "two people outing rule" for the considerations of national security; "diplomats must not drink in private" and so on.
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In the Interactive sessions, a student raised a question about South China Sea disputes between China and Philippines, Vietnam. She wondered, China had always held a negative view on submitting this dispute to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, how did China response diplomatically? Mr. CHEN responded firstly, in terms of our foreign policy and principles, stressed “Our country is entitled not to accept the compulsory jurisdiction; secondly, according to the legal reservation when China jointed in the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), our country has the right not to accept, participate in, and recognize any international trial or decision. This reservation will not be changed in a short time, which is similar to America’s; finally, he considered such action of Philippines is an act of weakness, and a trick to gain sympathy. China's 'not accept and not recognize' principle is also permitted by international law and in line with arrangements of international law”.
Prof. ZHENG also presented his doubt: how do diplomats deal with the relationship between law and interests of nation in foreign affairs? How many people have legal backgrounds in the Department of Treaty and Law of Ministry of Foreign Affairs or in the embassies and consulates? Mr. CHEN replied, “In fact, the number is relatively small, because in the past China is not good at dealing with issues from a legal point of view. When it comes to using the law, it is mostly in law making or judicial field; while settling disputes with other countries, it often argued from the angle of political considerations and played political games; Now we are also learning to use legal weapons to fight for our country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has put more and more emphasis on legal talent”.
In the end, Mr. CHEN emotionally talked about the inadequacy of legal construction in China. Meantime, it also brought some message of hope for law students and expected to amplify their efforts to advance the legal process of the rule of law in China.
Article by YIN Yi (CESL 2013 Master student from 2013 intake)
Photo by XIE Zhen (CESL 2013 Master student from 2013 intake)


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  > The CESL Chinese Co-Dean visited All China Lawyers Association
  > The CESL Professional Training in Cooperation with NPC
  > The CESL Executive Co-Dean attended the “2014 China-EU High Level Forum”
  > The CESL Co-Deans met with representative of the Chinese Academy of Governance, the EU and other academic institutions
  > CESL’s fund-raising activity drew attention from the media
  > Chinese Co-dean Prof. Liu Fei gave a lecture in the Supreme People's Court
  > Representatives from Beijing Lawyers Association visited CESL
  > European Executive Co-Dean attended the opening ceremony of "China-EU Access to Justice"
  > China Daily-Newspaper is available for reading at CESL
  > Training for Double Master’s Students studying MEIL Elective Courses 2014 in Europe