2018 ECLS Annual Conference in Turin, 12-14 September

2018 Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association

Final Programme

12 Sept.:

18 – 19.30: Welcome reception – Open Gallery (Loggiato), First Floor, Rectorate, Via Verdi 8, Torino
13 Sept.:

9.00: Registration – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino

9.30 – 10.30: Welcome addresses – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale, via Verdi 9, Torino

– Stefania Stafutti, University of Turin, Representative of the Rector – International Cooperation , China

– Francesco Costamagna, University of Turin, Vice- Director – Department of Law

– Domenico Francavilla, University of Turin, Director – Institute of Studies on Asia (ISA)

– Björn Ahl, University of Cologne, President – European China Law Studies Association (ECLS)

10.30 -11.00: coffee break – Sala Multifunzione, Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino)

11.00 – 13.00: Parallel sessions – Rectorate, Via Verdi 8 ; Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino)

Session 1: XIX Party Congress and Party State Constitutionalism (1) – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

Chair: Mia Caielli, University of Turin
– Recentralising the party-state in the New Era: Fundamental constitutional changes and the disharmonic identity of the 1982 ‘reforming’ Constitution
Zhai Han, Wuhan University
– The Social Credit System impact on the Law. Rise of pseudo-moralized rules
Chen Yongxi, The University of Hong Kong
– The New Control Law of the PR China
Georg Gesk, University of Osnabrück
– Is “Law and Development” dead in China?
Fu Hualing, The University of Hong Kong
– The Rule of Law and the Rule of Party
Zhai Xiaobo, University of Macau

Session 2: Criminal Law – Sala Graf, first floor, Rectorate

Chair: Serena Quattrocolo, University of Eastern Piedmont
– Assisting Crime Control: Internet Intermediaries’ Role and Duties in China
Pei Wei, Beihang University
– Torture and Exclusion of Evidence in China
Guo Zhiyuan, China University of Political Science and Law
– Psychological Coercion and Police Interrogation in China
Mou Yu, SOAS, University of London
– The Spirit Courts and Chinese Criminal Law
Mary Szto, Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
– Anonymity and the Law in Eighteenth Century China
Roger Greatrex, Lund University

Session 3: Civil Procedure in China: Fundamental Issues and Current Topics – Sala Principi d’Acaja, Ground Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Lutz-Christian Wolff, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
– Evidence in Chinese Civil Procedure: Striving for Objective Truth or Settling for Procedural Truth?
Simon Werthwein, Taylor Wessing PartG mbB / Goethe University Frankfurt
– Would Streamlining China’s Civil Enforcement Procedure Solve the Problem of Zhixing Nan?
Nils Pelzer, Thümmel, Schütze & Partner PartG mbB
– Preliminary Legal Protection in Civil Action
Patrick Hübner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
– Mediating Judges in China and the Netherlands: An Empirical Comparison
Li Yedan, Shandong University

13.00 – 14.00 lunch – Sala Multifunzione, Cavallerizza Reale

14.00 – 16.00: Parallel sessions – Rectorate, Via Verdi 8 ; Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino)


Session 4: Cyber law, Artificial Intelligence, and Industry 4.0 (1) – Sala Graf, First Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Ugo Pagallo, University of Turin
– Connected Cars in China: technology, privacy protection and regulatory response
Zhao Bo, Tilburg University
– Cyber Security rules and outbound data transmission
Daniele Zibetti, GWA Law, Tax & Accounting
– Food traceability in China between law and technology
Riccardo Berti, Zumerle Law Firm – Verona – Italy
Mariagrazia Semprebon, Agrilegal – Verona – Italy
– Copyright Protection of Folk Music in the Digital Era
Li Luo, Coventry University

Session 5: Judicial reforms and practice – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

Chair: Björn Ahl, University of Cologne
– A Comparison of Guiding Cases System and Official Reply of Supreme People’s Court of China
Tao Yajun,
– The hidden dialogue between Judicial Committee and Collegial Panel in China: Based on the material of the K interUniversity of Colognemediate People’s Court in S Province
Shao Liuyi, Minzu University of China
– Home (not so) sweet home: anti-domestic violence law impact on Chinese society and judicial system
D’Attoma Sara, International College Ca’ Foscari University, Università degli Studi di Verona
– Disaggregating Rule of Law: Empirical Evidence from Administrative Litigation in China
Benjamin Liebman, Columbia Law School

Session 6: Chinese global trade relationships in the Trump era (1) – Sala Principi d’Acaja, Ground Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Edoardo Ferrante, University of Turin
– The Impact of the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC) on Chinese Contract Law: Past, Present and Future
André Janssen, Radboud University of Nijmegen
– Choice of Law for Cross-border Movable Property Transactions: Are Parties Really Calling the Shots?
Xu Alison, University of Leeds
– China’s Multilateralism in Global Trade in the Trump Era and the Implication on Reshaping Trade and Transportation Rules
Chen Fa, The University of Cambridge
Zhao Lijun, Middlesex University London
– Chinese National Oil Companies: Do Domestic Peculiarities Justify Discriminatory Treatment?
Zhang Yuanyuan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dini Seijko, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

16.00 – 16.30: coffee break – Sala Multifunzione, Cavallerizza Reale

16.30 – 18.00: Parallel sessions – Rectorate, Via Verdi 8 – Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino

Session 7: Translating Law and Ideology Into Artificial Intelligence Algorithms -The Emerging Normative Structures of Chinese Constitutionalism in the New Era (Part I) – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

Chair: Patricia Thornton, University of Oxford
Discussant: Jason Buhi, Peking University
– The United Front: Origins, Processes, and Dynamics
Wang Keren, Pennsylvania State University
– Socialist Constitutional Democracy in the Age of Accountability
Larry Catà Backer, Pennsylvania State University
– United Front and Socialist Constitutional Democracy: From Normative Values to Systems Design and Algorithms
Flora Sapio, The Coalition for Peace and Ethics
– The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and China’s Foreign Policy in the context of the OBOR Initiative
Nicholas Scholz, University of Munich

Session 8: Cyber law, Artificial Intelligence, and Industry 4.0 (2) – Sala Graf, First Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Massimo Durante, University of Turin
– A door that has neither a key nor knob: A New Regime of Personal Data Protection in China
Mimi Zou, University of Oxford
– Digital Government and Individual Privacy—Shenzhen as an Example
Zhang Tianze, University College London
– A comparison of the different approaches in the USA, EU and China in relation to artificial intelligence and competition law
Matt Heckman, Zuyd University of Maastricht

Session 9: International and National (Central and Local) Law Making – – Sala Principi d’Acaja, Ground Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Alberto Oddenino, University of Turin
– Chinese Revisionism and the Challenge to Liberal Universalism in the International Legal Order
Wim Muller, Maastricht University
Matthieu Burnay, Queen Mary University of London
– Locating Xi Jinping’s “Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind” Discourse in International Law
Du Ming, University of Surrey
– Comparative Legal Analysis of the Public-Private Partnership model within the framework of Belt & Road legal system
Gianmatteo Sabatino, University of Trento
– The Legislative Competences of Chinese Districted Cities: In Light of their Functions and Status in Central-Local Relations
Philipp Renninger, University of Lucerne, University of Freiburg

18.30 – 19.30: guided tour of the Campus Luigi Einaudi (Lungo Dora Siena 100, Torino)

19.30: reception at the campus

14 Sept:

9.00 – 11.00: Parallel sessions – Rectorate, Via Verdi 8 – Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino

Session 10: Chinese global trade relationships in the Trump era (2) – Sala Graf, First Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Alessandro Cogo, University of Turin
– The Political Economy of China’s Regulatory Responses to Cryptocurrency Innovations
You Chuanman, Tel Aviv University
– China-EU BIT and FTA: Building a Bridge on the Silk Road Not Detoured by Labor Standard Provisions
Ron Brown, University of Hawaii
– Labour Disputes Arising from Industrial Upgrading
Pilar Paz Czoske, University of Cologne
– The Legal Construction of the Work-Retirement nexus: Bridging the Gap for Post- Retirement Workers in China
Mimi Zou, University of Oxford

Session 11: Translating Law and Ideology Into Artificial Intelligence Algorithms The Emerging Normative Structures of Chinese Constitutionalism in the New Era (Part II) – Sala Principi d’Acaja, Ground Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Flora Sapio, The Coalition for Peace and Ethics
Discussant: Larry Catà Backer, Pennsylvania State University
– An Overview of China’s Landscape of Artificial Intelligence
Han Jiaping, Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. Institute of Credit Research. Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation
– The Extraterritorial Effects of China’s AML in the Age of Big Data
Beth Farmer, Pennsylvania State University
– Privacy and Sharing: an inquiry on the regulatory framework of ‘digital-being’ in the age of automation and data-based societies
Shan Gao, The Coalition for Peace and Ethics
– Big Data, AI and the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China
Tong Zhiwei, East China University of Political Science and Law

Session 12: Reconsidering the Legal Effects of the Chinese Constitution – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

Chair: Jörg Luther, University of Eastern Piedmont
– The Application of Rule-of-Law Ideology in Chinese Judicial Practice
Björn Ahl, University of Cologne
– The Limits of Political Rights in China as seen in Cases
Daniel Sprick, University of Cologne
– Constitutional Review without Constitutionalism? Prospects and Limits of a Constitutional Review Mechanism in China
Sun Yi, University of Munich / University of Cologne
– China’s Protection of the Socio-economic Rights: Traditional Knowledge, Technology Advancement, and Constitutional Implications
Zhu Zheng, China University of Political Science and Law
– Governing the Country According to Law: The Legality Issue of the Chinese Communist Party’s Rule over the Country
Zhang Zhong, University of Sheffield

11.00 – 11.30: coffee break – Sala Multifunzione, Cavallerizza Reale

11.30 – 13.00: Parallel sessions – Rectorate, Via Verdi 8 – Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino

Session 13: National Security and Investment Screening Mechanisms ) – Sala Graf, First Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Larry Catà Backer, Pennsylvania State University
– The United States
Paul Rose, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law
– The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Joel Slawotsky, Radzyner Law School
– Chinese Investment Review Mechanism and Free Trade Zones.
Chen Ruden, China University of Political Science and Law
The European Union
Dini Sejko (pres.), The Chinese University of Hong Kong + Julian Chaisse (discussant), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Session 14: Civil Law Codification and Civil Society – Sala Principi d’Acaja, Ground Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Renzo Cavalieri, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
– Looking Back and Thinking Forward: A Good Timing to Compile the Chinese Civil Code?
Lin Siyi, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
– Towards a Civil Code for the People’s Republic of China
Porcelli Stefano, China University of Political Science and Law
– Social Innovators in an Authoritarian Setting – the Role of Foundations in the PRC
Katja Levy, Free University of Berlin
– The Legislation on Foundations in the PRC – Evolution and Recent Developments
Pissler Knut Benjamin, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg
– Social Enterprises in China: A New Approach towards Sustainable Development?
Yang Juan, University of Cologne

Session 15: Authoritarian regression and academic freedom within and beyond China – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

Chair: Eva Pils, King’s College London
Discussant: Benjamin Liebman, Columbia University
– The Political Dimension of Academic Exchanges in the EU-China Strategic Partnership: Prospects and Challenges for Public Diplomacy
Matthieu Burnay, Queen Mary University
Marta Hermez, Leuven University
– The expanding symmetry of the rule of law: the case of academic governance in China
Ewan Smith, Oxford University
– Threats to global academic freedom and the challenges of exchange with China
Eva Pils, King’s College London

13.00 – 13.45 lunch – Sala Multifunzione, Cavallerizza Reale

13.45 – 15.00: Workshop on Academic Freedom in China – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

15.00 – 16.30: parallel sessions – Rectorate, Via Verdi 8 – Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9, Torino

Session 16: Chinese Legal Culture – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

Chair: Stefania Stafutti, University of Turin

– The concept of power in the perspective of China’s soft power. A linguistic approach
Tanina Zappone, University of Turin
– Presence of ‘Power-Rights’ in the Constitution of China: A Counterexample from Taiwan
Michele Mannoni, University of Perugia
– Sources of knowledge about Chinese legal culture
Hanne Petersen, University of Copenhagen
– Comparative Chinese Law Research: Which Legal Regimes to Choose?
Lutz- Christian Wolff, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
– Kǒng Fūzǐ (孔夫子), Shāng jūn (商君) , Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping:Elements of Continuity in Chinese Political-Legal Doctrines
Ignazio Castellucci, University of Teramo
– Rule by Yundong: Campaigns and Norms in Contemporary China
Chu Shuyu, The University of Hong Kong

Session 17: Sustainable development and Environmental Law ) – Sala Principi d’Acaja, Ground Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Roberto Caranta, University of Turin
– The River and the Dam: winners and losers of a Chinese Gigantomachy
Margherita Poto, University of Turin, CLOS, UiT
Ho Weifun, Tromsø
– China and SOEs toward the promotion of a Low Carbon Economy: International Trade, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy and the Environmental Protection
Paolo Farah, West Virginia University
– Seeking Sustainable Governance of Hydropower Development in Tibet
Zhou Yong, Nordic Institute of China Law
– Reforms in EU Maritime Carbon Tax Regulation: Better Prospects for Policy Makers in China?
Wang Kungjie, University of Macau

Session 18: Judicial and Procedural Reforms – Sala Graf, First Floor, Rectorate

Chair: Michele Graziadei, University of Turin
– Resolving Disputes Arising from Unauthorised Corporate Security Transactions in Chinese Courts: The status quo and the Way Forward
Qu Zhen, City University of Hong Kong
– Positive practice of recognizing and enforcing foreign arbitral awards in Chinese Courts
Li Lou, Sun Yat-sen University
– When Institution Meets Authoritarism: What Does Chinese Court Really Care about?
Luo Jiajun, The University of Hong Kong

16.30 – 17.00: coffee break – Sala Multifunzione, Cavallerizza Reale

17.00 – 17.15: Conclusions – Aula Magna, Cavallerizza Reale

17.15- 18.15: ECLS General Assembly – Sala Principi d’Acaja, Ground Floor, Rectorate

Turin 2018: Conference Programme

Turin 2018: Call for papers
Call for papers
The 13th annual conference of the European China Law Studies Association (ECLS) will take place in Turin (Italy) on 13 – 14 September 2018, with the support of the University of Turin, its Department of Law, and its Department of Humanities. Continue reading“Turin 2018: Call for papers”
2018 ECLS Annual Conference in Turin on 12-14 September 2018
The 2018 ECLS Annual Conference will be held at the University of Turin in Italy on 12-14 September 2018.
More information will follow soon with a call for papers.

Judicial Examination, Legal Education and the Law-Politics Nexus in China

Date: December 19, 2016 | 9.00 – 15.30
Venue: Tagungsraum, Seminar Building, University of Cologne
Universitätsstraße 37, 50931 Cologne, Germany

9.00–10.00 Discard the Rule of Law! Ideology and Performativity in Chinese Legal Academia
Samuli Seppänen, Chinese University of Hong Kong

10.15–11.15 Pragmatism and the Political: The Dual Role of “Ideology” in the National Judicial Examination
Flora Sapio, Center on China in the World, Australian National University

11.15–12.15 Educating Lawyers in the Party Spirit: A Discussion of “Political Thought” Education in Chinese Law Schools
Eva Pils, King’s College London

13.15–14.15 Political Reliability and the Chinese Bar Exam
Rachel Stern, University of California, Berkeley

14.30–15.30 Politicization of the Chinese Judicial Exam and the Socialist Rule-of-Law Concept
Björn Ahl, University of Cologne

Registration and Contact
Lucas Brang (lb­rang2(at)uni-koeln.de)


Abstracts and papers are available here:

Samuli Seppänen, Ideological Conflict and the Rule of Law in Contemporary China
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2801442

Rachel Stern, Political Reliability and the Chinese Bar Exam
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2864690

Björn Ahl, The Politicization of the Chinese National Judicial Examination (2007–2012)
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2872473