China-EU School of Law

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China-EU School of Law
Type Public
Established 2008
Location Beijing,  China
Website China-EU School of Law

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 only Sino-foreign law school in China. The current Co-Deans are Liu Fei and Armin Hatje.[1]

Prior to CESL’s establishment, Premier Wen Jiabao expressed his hope that "CESL will educate a great many talented legal professionals with knowledge of both Chinese and Western laws.[2]"


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.[3] 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.[4] The Asia Times stated that CESL’s establishment was a sign of ‘the degree of China's openness’.[5]

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.[6]

Organisation and Administration[edit]

CESL is based on a Sino-European consortium, consisting of thirteen European universities, two Chinese Universities, and the Chinese National Prosecutors College. The consortium [7] is co-ordinated by the University of Hamburg. Members provide teaching staff and co-financing. Further assistance is provided by 28 associates, including international law firms and research institutes.

The School’s highest decision making body is the Joint Managerial Committee,[8] who are assisted by the Advisory Board.[9] Zhang Fusen, former Minister of Justice, P.R. China, and Hinrich Julius, University of Hamburg, are the Co-Chairs of the Joint Managerial Committee. Members are: Huang Jin, President of the China University of Political Science and Law; Ma Huaide, Vice-President of the China University of Political Science and Law; Wang Chenguang, former Dean of the School of Law, Tsinghua University; Liu Fei, Co-Dean China-EU School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law; Frank Stephen, former Dean School of Law at the University of Manchester; Bengt Lundell, Lund University; Tibor Tajti, Central European University; Armin Hatje, Co-Dean China-EU School of Law, University of Hamburg; Clemens Richter, Executive Co-Dean China-EU School of Law, University of Hamburg.

Master’s Programmes[edit]

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.[10] The Master of Chinese Law is designed to provide an overview of China's legal framework within the context of post-1978 market reform.[11] The Master of European and International Law exposes students to broad areas of public, private and criminal law with a focus on business law.[12] 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 started a Chinese Law Taught in English programme in Autumn 2011.[13] 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.

PhD Programme[edit]

The CESL PhD programme includes students studying for a PhD at CESL and visiting PhD students.[14]

Professional Training Programme[edit]

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.[15]

Research and Consultancy[edit]

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.[16]


  • The China-EU Law Journal

Further reading[edit]


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  2. ^ "Wen Jiabao Presides over the Fourth Sino-European Business Summit". Xinhua. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  3. ^ "China-EU School of Law: A School of Great Promise" (PDF). China Law. 2009. 
  4. ^ "China, EU found first joint law school". Xinhua. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  5. ^ "The Great Invisible Wall in China". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Agreement to Establish Europe-China School of Law" (PDF). CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  7. ^ "CESL Consortium". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  8. ^ "CESL Joint Managerial Committee". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  9. ^ "CESL Advisory Board". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  10. ^ "Double Master". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  11. ^ "Master of Chinese Law". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  12. ^ "Master of European and International Law". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  13. ^ "Chinese Law Taught in English". CESL Website. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  14. ^ "PhD Programme". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  15. ^ "CESL Professional Training Programme" (PDF). CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  16. ^ "Research and Consultancy". CESL Website. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 

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