Hong Kong 2014

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

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.

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Oxford 2013

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

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

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

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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Mölle 2006

moelle2006_001The initiative for ECLS was launched at a workshop under the heading of “Chinese Legal Research in Europe: A Workshop Mapping European Research on Chinese Law and Creating a European Network”, held in Lund and Mölle, 1–4 June 2006. It was organised by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, and co-sponsored by the Swedish School of Advanced Asia Pacific Studies.

moelle2006_002The focus was both on institutions involved in the study of Chinese law and on individual research. With Professor Marina Svensson and Dr Jonas Grimheden chairing discussions and more than 20 speakers presenting reports on China-related legal research in their home country and/or outlining their own research projects, the workshop provided the participants with an excellent overview of China legal studies in Europe and beyond.