China-EU School of Law
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The China-EU School of Law (CESL; Chinese: 中欧法学院) at the China University of Political Science and Law is located in Beijing, China. CESL was founded on the basis of a financing agreement between the European Community and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It is the first Sino-foreign law school in China. The current Co-Deans are Fang Liufang and Ninon Colneric.
The precursor to CESL was the EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation Programme, which ran from 2000 to 2005. The former Chinese Minister of Justice, Zhang Fusen, first talked about the idea of creating a Sino-European law school in 2003. The head of the Delegation of the European Commission to China, Serge Abou, also promoted this idea to the European Community. An agreement to create a Sino-European law school was signed by the European Commission and the Chinese government in 2006.
The inauguration ceremony of the China-EU School of Law was held on October 23, 2008 and attended by Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. The Asia Times stated that CESL’s establishment was a sign of ‘the degree of China's openness’.
CESL is the first law school in China approved by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China under the Sino-foreign jointly administered schools agreement.
CESL’s mission is to support the Chinese Government in its effort to develop a society based on the rule of law and create a platform for European scholars and students to understand China’s legal system.
Organisation and Administration
CESL is based on a Sino-European consortium, consisting of thirteen European universities, two Chinese Universities, the Chinese National Prosecutors College and the Chinese National Judges College. The consortium  is co-ordinated by the University of Hamburg. Members provide teaching staff and co-financing. Further assistance is provided by 27 associates, including international law firms and research institutes.
The School’s highest decision making body is the Joint Managerial Committee, who are assisted by the Advisory Board. Chinese representatives on CESL's Advisory Board are: former President of the Supreme People’s Court, Xiao Yang; former Procurator General of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Jia Chunwang; and professor and civil law expert from the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Wang Jiafu. European members of the Advisory Board are: former President of the European Court of Justice, Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias; Dean of the China Europe International Business School, Rolf D. Cremer; and former head of the European Union Delegation to China and Mongolia, Serge Abou.
The flagship programme of CESL is the Double Master. The three year Double Master includes the Master of Chinese Law, awarded by the China University of Political Science and Law and the Master of European and International Law, awarded by the University of Hamburg. The Master of Chinese Law is designed to provide an overview of China's legal framework within the context of post-1978 market reform. The Master of European and International Law exposes students to broad areas of public, private and criminal law with a focus on business law. Lecturers for the Master of European and International Law come from CESL’s partner universities in Europe who are collectively known as the Flying Faculty.
CESL will start a new Chinese Law Taught in English programme in Autumn 2011. Courses aim to provide visiting students with concrete knowledge of Chinese law as well as with a comparative approach to legal studies.The programme will last one term and lead to a certificate awarded by CESL. International students studying the Master of European and International Law will also be able to select CLTE courses.
The CESL PhD programme includes students studying for a PhD at CESL and visiting PhD students.
Professional Training Programme
CESL provides professional training programmes for Chinese judges and prosecutors, Chinese and European lawyers and other legal professionals. CESL works with the Chinese National Judges College and the Chinese National Prosecutors College to train judges and prosecutors respectively. Lawyers training is organized either wholly by CESL or in cooperation with lawyers associations.
Research and Consultancy
The objectives of research and consultancy at CESL are to contribute to the transformation process in China and the research efforts of the Sino-European academic community. CESL supports research into: legal and administrative transformation in China, China and Europe in a globalizing world, as well as legal theory, law and culture.
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