Hong Kong 2014

9th Annual Conference: Making, Enforcing and Accessing the Law
15th and 16th November 2014

Xuanming Pan, Sirui Han, Pilar-Paz Czoske, Marco Otten, Meng Fang [1]

The 2014 Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association (ECLS) was hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on the 15th and 16th of November. The two-day conference gathered the intellectual acumen of many academic and professional leaders from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Macau, mainland China, Netherlands, Singapore, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States, to name but a few. With reference to China’s ongoing reform, the conference brought together academics, professionals, members of the judiciary, policy makers, and the like, with their collective knowledge and expertise to engage open communication with the themes of “making, enforcing and accessing the law”. Founded in 2006, the ECLS seeks to establish a forum for the global exchange of ideas and academic collaboration in Chinese legal studies. As the first ECLS annual conference held outside Europe, this year’s gathering not only benefited from geographic proximity to China, but was also enhanced by the cultural richness of Hong Kong, one of the world’s greatest cosmopolitan cities.

The conference opened in a gala ceremony with addresses from Benjamin Wah (Provost, CUHK), Christopher Gane (Dean, Faculty of Law, CUHK), and Knut Pissler (Chairman, ECLS). They extended warmest welcome to all the speakers and participants for their preparations to introduce and to discuss the themes that shaped the two-day conference. As highlighted, the Chinese legal system has been involved in global interactions between various civil law and common law traditions. The emergence of China as a leading economic and political power has been measured and debated in a variety of transnational spheres, whereas the genius of Chinese law and its actual practices remain largely unknown to the Western world. The sessions of the conference covered a wide range of pressing issues, from theories concerning the rule of law and judicial reform, through subject matters that include company law, international sales law, labour law and criminal law. The conference also provided a platform for academic deliberation on the recent Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. The broadness of the topics has been one of the core characteristics of the ECLS annual conferences, as has their emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to these topics.

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Oxford 2013

8th Annual Conference: New Approaches and New Questions in Chinese Law
18th to 20th September 2013

Pilar-Paz Czoske, Madeleine Martinek, Marco Otten [1]

The annual conference on Chinese Law held by the European China Law Studies Association (ECLS) provided insights into the normative and structural underpinnings of the Chinese legal system by reflecting upon China’s historic, cultural and socio-economic influences. The conference provides a valuable opportunity to distance oneself from preconceived rigid legal concepts and to develop a flexible and broad-minded approach towards certain features of Chinese legal thinking.

In 2006 the European China Law Studies Association was formed by academics for the purpose of providing a forum where recent developments in Chinese Law could be discussed. This was the starting point of a series of annual conferences, which would rotate between different cities within Europe and Asia, offering the opportunity of mutual exchange, collaborative research, and gaining an insight into different fields of Chinese legal studies.

From September 18th, to September 20th , 2013, the conference entitled “New Approaches and New Questions in Chinese Law” took place in the historical city of Oxford, England. Scholars, PhD students, legal professionals and persons generally interested in the Chinese legal system, travelled from all over the world, notably the United States (US), China, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom (UK) to gather at one of England’s most prestigious law faculties.

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Italy 2008

3rd Annual Conference
1st to 4th October 2008

Otto Malmgren

The 2008 Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association was held upon the generous invitation of Prof. Dr. Gianmaria Ajani (University of Torino) and Prof. Dr. Marina Timoteo (University of Bologna). The conference venues were also divided between the institutions in Bologna and Torino. Up to 80 scholars, researchers, students and practitioners from Europe and Asia participated in the four-day programme.

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Hamburg 2007

1st Annual Conference: China Law Studies in Europe
30 August and 1 September 2007

Viktor von Essen [1]

The First Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association (ECLS), held at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, took place just two days after the Association came into legal existence. More than 60 legal scholars, researchers and students interested in Chinese law from all over the world had followed the invitation of Christiane Wendehorst (University of Göttingen) and Knut Benjamin Pissler (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law) to discuss recent developments in Chinese law. The conference was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), CCH (a Wolters Kluwer business) and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

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