CESL aims to promote the establishment of joint working groups between Chinese and European academics, judges and prosecutors, and private lawyers to support work on legal reform and the drafting of new legislation. Both joint Sino-European research and individual research will be encouraged and supported. For further details see Guide To Applying For Research Grants 2011-2012(2)
and Research Grant Application Form
From this general description of the objectives of CESL's research activities, three principal research aims can be derived: 1) legal and administrative transformation in China; 2) China and Europe in a globalizing world; and 3) legal theory, law and culture. CESL will explore the combination of its research programme with the Ph.D. programme for the benefit of Chinese and European Ph.D. candidates.
A specialized journal will be founded to create a platform for the discussion of legal questions relevant to CESL's aims and to provide information about new legal developments in China. In particular, the journal will focus on new legislation and case law and developments in China-EU relations.
Each fall, an international conference for academics and practitioners on current legal questions pertaining to EU-China relations will be organized in Beijing. The reports and results from the conferences will be printed in a CESL publication series. In addition to the conference, workshops or seminars more restricted in scope may be organized according to varying research needs, eventually in combination with the professional training and/or the Ph.D. programmes.
Consulting services will be offered to local and international markets, including Chinese government departments, law firms, international organizations and other actors. A database has been constructed listing all relevant experts involved in CESL activities and their respective fields of expertise.