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 >  New Editorial Team of China-EU Law Journal
After discussion and consultation on September 10th 2014, the Co-deans of CESL have jointly decided that Prof. Armin Hatje, European Co-dean, and Prof. Liu Fei, Chinese Co-dean will hold the post as Editors-in-Chief of China-EU Law Journal and Prof. Björn Ahl from the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne and Dr. Zhao Tianshu, Executive Manager of CESL research center, will assume the function as Associate Editors.


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                                         Prof. Dr. LIU Fei                                                          Prof. Dr. Armin HATJE
                                            Co-Dean                                                                           Co-Dean
                                   China-EU School of Law                                                   China-EU School of Law
           at the China University of Political Science and Law              at the China University of Political Science and Law
zhengfaliufei@163.com                                  Email: armin.hatje@jura.uni-hamburg.de

                                                                                   Associate Editors
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                                  China-EU School of Law                                             Institute of East Asian Studies       
               at the China University of Political Science and Law                        University of Cologne, Germany
zts0504@hotmail.com                                         Email: bjoern.ahl@uni-koeln.de

The China-EU Law Journal (CELJ) is a peer-reviewed publication bringing together Chinese, European and international perspectives on law. Since 2011, CELJ has published three volumes, five issues in total. It presents the legal events related to China and Europe, updating the latest development of Chinese law and focuses on the latest legislation, development of the case law as well as China-EU relations in particular. The fifth issue discussed a special topic on Legal Education.

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CELJ aims at providing a platform for the academia both in China and Europe, presenting innovation and research results and inspiring discussions on current China-EU legal issues. The editorial team of CELJ is composed by reputable legal scholars from China and Europe, who work together and learn from each other.

CESL is devoted to build CELJ into a common legal academic platform in order to enhance the People-to-People Dialogue between China and EU.

CELJ welcomes comparative and interdisciplinary approaches. Studies on Chinese law from a European perspective and studies on European law from a Chinese perspective are of particular interest.

For more information on China-EU Law Journal, please click here.
 >  The Public Interest in Chinese Law has been published
Approved and funded by China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law, The Public Interest in Chinese Law was successfully published by Peking University Press in July, 2014. It is the final output of the research project on the same topic conducted in March 2011. Professor Zheng Yongliu led this project together with Associate Professor Zhu Qingyu who was in charge of the project execution. In addition, nine other researchers made their contributions in compiling the book.

The main content of this book includes:
  • Text description and explanation of the public interest provisions of Chinese public law
  • Constitution and public interest
  • Explanation of public interest in the context of civil law - the comparison of public interest between Chinese and German land expropriation systems based on Article VII of the General Rule of Civil Law
  • Explanation of public interest in the case law of UK and HK
  • Concept and definition of public interest in case of housing expropriation in urban area
  • Roadside stall business versus public interest – research and questions on the legality of “urban management staffs expelling peddlers”
  • Social responsibility of corporations – logic of law and economic reality
  • Freedom and regulation of market – from the angle of legal introspection into the business registration system of China
 >  Welcome Activity for New Students
2014-2015 academic year is about to start in the golden September with CESL receiving 114 Chinese students and 14 international students. Among all the Chinese new comers, some are graduated from well-known universities, some have foreign study backgrounds and some had served for big companies before coming to CESL. The 14 international students are coming from Netherlands, Germany, Ethiopia, Portugal and Ukraine. After the two-day preparation, busy while orderly, CESL has now well completed the task of receiving new students.

Several meetings had been held a few days before the forthcome enrollment by the staffs of CESL who were responsible for welcoming the new students. Through discussions, they well arranged the orientation in all respects, and made sure the whole process was assigned to responsible individuals. Each of the posters was taken charge by specific working staff. In order to simplify the working process and maximize efficiency, the distribution of task was illustrated in work forms for teachers and students to take reference from.

On the morning of September 6th, under the leadership of CESL faculty members Ms. Zeng Binbin, Ms. Ma Anna, Ms. Guan Ying and Ms. Pan Chenwei, the members of CESL student union and volunteers were ready on standby at 8 a.m. to warmly welcome the incoming students of CESL and their parents.

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During the receiving activity, school leaders - Secretary Shi Yajun, Vice-president Feng Shiyong and other members of leadership from related functional departments headed to each of the stands to visit new students, staff and volunteers. In addition, some of 2010 graduates of CESL came back to their Alma Mater and met the new students.

The work of welcoming new students started on the morning of September 7th. Guide boards of each college and department were placed in front of rows of school buses. New students of CESL were gathered firstly by the school guide who then led students to CESL stand to fill in materials and to go through other formalities, such as having a physical examination and checking in. CESL arranged working staff around the receiving area to answer questions raised by new students and their parents, who were deeply impressed by thoroughly and warmly arrangement. Meanwhile, the European Executive Co dean of CESL, Dr. Clemens Richter paid visit to the stand and chatted with working staff and new students to have a bigger picture of the receiving activity and expressed warm welcome to the new family members of CESL.

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At 5pm, the receiption ended. At that night, with view to helping students adjust to the new circumstance as soon as possible, some members of student union came to their dorms and shared experience with the new students.

Hop like a fish in the sea, fly like a bird across the sky. Hope every student emerging the beauty of youth and training yourself with qualified skills and achieving excellent outcomes with CESL.

Written by: Zhang Yihui(CESL master student from 2013 intake)
English Translation by: Qu Jiahua(CESL master student from 2014 intake)
Photo by: Zhuang Li'e and Peng Xiao(CESL Double Master's students from 2013 intake)
 >  Summer School at UAM, Spain (July 3 to 7 , 2014)
After having been in Madrid for three days, we were having wonderful experiences in the courses and activities. We had two main activities scheduled on Thursday, including two lectures, one was about Spanish legal system in general, and the other one was on the moral and legal foundations of Spanish tax law. In addition to that, we paid a visit to the Tribunal Supremo and toured the National High Court and Supreme Council of the Judiciary as well. Prof. Juan Damián Moreno, a full-time professor in procedural law at UAM, gave us a comprehensive introduction to the judiciary system of Spain in the morning class. Prof. Moreno particularly pointed out that the training and appointment of judges in Spain were independent from other legal professions. Moreover, the interchange between judges and lawyers was totally different from the practice in the U.S. where the judges are appointed from a group of experienced and respected lawyers. This distinction was  due to the high salary and social reputation that judges receive in Spain, which means young talents do not seek other opportunities as lawyers or counselors but rather remain working at the Court. Following the morning class, we went to the Supreme Criminal Court. The Court was built upon an abbey, whose religious symbols made today’s court feel solemn. For instance, facing directly toward the tribunal, a marvelous painting, the Crucifixion, hung there. These religious symbols silently witnessed the sacredness in the past and the dignity of this historical building in modern times. Classes in the afternoon were hosted by two young teaching assistants who focused on the general principles and the legal philosophic foundations of taxation.

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Up: The Supreme Criminal Court of Spain (photo by HAN Weizhe);
Down:  Lecture on Gender Equity (photo by ZHANG Chi)

Topics of the morning classes on Friday focused on gender issues in Spain; three female professors from UAM presented instructive lectures about gender equality and relevant issues in Spain and the EU. On the sideline of the morning classes, we were invited to have breakfast at the kiosk near the bus station in UAM. Bright sunshine mixed with laughing and talking voices made us feel at home. This is Madrid! The lecture in the afternoon was related to the general ideas of IP law. Although all the students from CESL had learned IP law before, we were enjoying the interactions and participation encouraged by the lecturer. 

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Two topics of the morning class on the following Monday were Urban environmental and local governments in Spain- translating political environmental values into law and economics and Death, organ donation and end-of-life care: ethical and legal challenges. Those classes were held on the premises of the local government environmental center “Madrid Valdemingomez Technological Park”. After that, students went to the garbage disposal plant (installations for recycling and energy recovery). The lecture in the afternoon was presented by Professor Pablo de Lora who used to be a flying faculty member and taught European Human Rights Law in CESL Beijing. Prof. Lora kept his unique way of sparking students’ inspiration on the topic and everyone participating in the class benefited a lot from this provoking approach.

Article by WANG Xiaoguang (CESL Double Master's student from 2012 Intake)

Summer School at UAM, Spain (June 29 to July 2, 2014)
 >  Summary Report: CESL Double Master’s Students‘ Elective Courses at Central European University
After having completed their seven weeks of courses and exams, the three CESL students returned from Budapest to Beijing on July 1, 2014.
Central European University is a university using English as its teaching language and offering degrees for different disciplines such as social science, anthropology, legal study, public policy, MBA, environmental science and policy, and mathematics. CEU is located in Budapest. Degrees offered are accredited by both Hungary and the U.S. Today, CEU is a unique international institution, with more than 1,500 students from more than 100 countries. The teaching and administration staffs come from more than 30 countries. On 21 June, three CESL students attended the graduation ceremony that granted Master Degrees to more than 600 students from over 70 countries.

Experiencing the school life of CEU, CESL students enjoyed and had fun talking with students from around the globe. Collisions between different customs and values broadened the horizons of the Chinese students. Exchanging ideas or sometimes even debating with students from different cultural, political or social backgrounds gave Chinese students more confidence and trained their communication skills. It was really a precious experience.
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Up: Photo with Professor Csilla Kollonay-Lehoezky of Equal Opportunity Law
Down: Photo with Professor Matthias Mahlmann of the Theory of Fundamental Rights

Three CESL students took part in three different programmes in CEU, including the International Business Law Programme, Human Rights LL.M Programme and Comparative Constitutional Law Programme. Students selected two or three courses to take from each programme. In addition to the knowledge they gained during class hours, students also tested the water of different educational systems. The courses of CEU were often carried out in small-class teaching style with less than 20 students in each class. Not only did professors teach fundamental knowledge, but also they would actively guide students to join in group discussion as a class activity. Prof. Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky, a professor of Equal Opportunity Law, encouraged students to not be shy and to take every chance available to express themselves. Moreover, professors would organize various activities after classes to try to encourage an exchange of views with the students. On the day before the last class, the World Cup was under wayand Prof. Dr. Matthias Mahlmann invited the students to a local bar for drinking and chatting while watching a football match. Professors provided platforms for students to exchange ideas at both the academic and life planning levels.
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Left: Photo with Professor Martin Hunter of International Civil Litigation
Right: Photo of Chinese students in CEU

Meanwhile, the CEU administration also created opportunities for students to communicate and relax. During the CEU study period, Chinese students participated twice in hiking activities organized by CEU near Budapest on the weekend which helped students blend into the local scene. In addition to the course study, students also attended the final exams for each of the courses. These exams were conducted on the computer. Professors gave two or three general questions with open answers to evaluate how much academic knowledge the students had already grasped as well as to encourage the students to think more. 

Besides the daily school life and activities, students also travelled in Europe and learned different local customs and practices. The students’ foot prints spread over the romantic and leisurely small town Prague of the Czech Republic, Italy --- a country with a deeply historical and cultural heritage as well as Spain --- a country full of sunshine and beautiful dreams. We can still hear the laughter of students from the Charles Bridge on the Vltava river, the golden beach around the Mediterranean Sea, and the great Coliseum in Roma.
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Left:  Hungarian Parliament Building; Right: Fishermens Bastion in Budapest

Life in Budapest was quiet, carefree and fulfilling. In addition to completing their elective courses, students also communicated with classmates from all around the world and enlarged their view by short distance traveling in their spare time. Time flies, and after bidding farewell to the professors and students of CEU, the CESL students flew back to Beijing, from a place with a cool and comfortable climate to a city in the summer heat. The experience in Europe was an interesting and meaningful memory for each of the participating students. The exchange also promoted communication between CESL and CEU. We look forward to more exchange and cooperation between CESL and its partner universities.

Article by Li Shuo (CESL Double Master's student from the 2012 Intake)


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