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Academics

Laws ( M.S. )

1. Research Fields

  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal History
  • Constitution and Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil and Commercial Law
  • Procedural Law
  • Economic Law
  • International Law
  • Juris Master (with Bachelor of Law)
  • Juris Master (without Bachelor of Law)

2. Program Duration and Credit

  • The duration of Master of Laws normally lasts 3 years. The maximum length of schooling is 5 years, including suspending or other interruptions. By graduation, the students should earn at least 30 credits, among which 20 credits for master degree courses are required.
  • The duration of Juris Master (with Bachelor of Law) basically lasts 2 years. The maximum length of schooling is 5 years, including suspending or other interruptions. By graduation, the students should earn at least 57 credits, including those credits for professional practice. In principle, the length of attending courses should be no more than one year. All required credits are organized as follow: 28 for compulsory courses, 7 or more for optional courses, 15 for practice training, 5 for master’s thesis, 2 for attending lectures on professional development.
  • The duration of Juris Master (without Bachelor of Law) normally lasts 3 years. The maximum length of schooling is 5 years, including suspending or other interruptions. By graduation, the students should earn at least 75 credits, including the credits for professional practice. The length of attending courses should be no more than two years. All required credits are organized as follow: 32 for compulsory courses (If one chooses Regional Rule of Law Development as his/her research field, the required credits will be 53), 19 or more for optional courses(9 or more for Regional Rule of Law Development); 2 for attending lectures on professional developmen; 12 for practice teaching; 10 for master’s thesis.

3. Core Courses

  • Master of Laws

Jurisprudence and Legal Methodology
This course is designed to introduce the most up to date development in legal theory and to understand judicial methods and the methods of legal studies. Topics include ontology of law, value theory, operation theory, formation and development of law and legal methodology. Ontology of law inquires into the nature and characteristics of legal phenomenon, fundamental effect, and the internal composition of law, etc.. Value theory of law inquires mainly into the self value of law as well as the social value that law can promote. Operation theory of law inquires mainly into the enforcement, the application and the compliance of law. Formation and development of law focuses on the formulation of law and the historical development of law. It involves the process of legislation, the internal driving force and external environment of the development in the different historical stages as well as fundamental features of law in different historic stages. Legal methodology explores judicial methods as well as the cognition methods and research methods of legal studies

The Frontiers of Jurisprudence
This course is designed to help students master the basic principles and methods of Marxism Jurisprudence, as well as to catch up with the current leading academic studies. This course includes: a summary of the academic development characteristics and its general direction of jurisprudence in China since 1978, a comparative study of various mainstream thoughts concerning the legal ontology, explanations of the philosophical implications of Law’s ideological values, a revelation of the local resources of traditional Chinese legal culture and its potential contributions to the modernization of the legal system, a comprehensive analysis of the basic connotations of each aspect and academic controversies on the mechanism of legal adjustment, a review of all possible issues within the field of legal cultural, a comprehensive introduction to the theory of rights which aims at recognizeing the logical relations of rights, obligations and power, and at understanding different views in this field, an introduction of the leading academic researches on aspects like a country, society or culture under the rule of law, an exploration of the theoretical relations between law and economy, politics, morality, religion, customs and other social factors.

Topics on Chinese Legal History
This course is designed to review the Chinese legal history and to let the students understand the key issues, hot issues and trends in this subject. Topics include: legal institutions in Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasty, legal institutions in the spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period, legal institutions in Qin Dynasty, legal institutions in Han Dynasty, legal institutions in Wei, Jin and southern and Northern Dynasties, legal institutions in Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties, legal institutions in Song Liao West Xia, Jin, and Yuan Dynasty, legal institutions in Ming and Qing Dynasty, and legal institutions in Republic of China

The Theory of Constitution and Administrative Law
This course is designed to help students obtain the basic principles on enactment and implementation of the Constitution, as well as the basic theories and system of the administrative law. Topics on Constitution can be divided into three parts, i.e. the ontology of constitution, value theory and institution theory. The part of ontology of constitution mainly covers the nature of the Constitution, concepts of Constitution, the object of the constitutional adjustment, social conditions on the emergence and development of the constitution, categories of history of the Constitution. The part of the value theory mainly covers the constitutional structure and value system, as well as the implementation mechanism of the constitutional value. The part of the institution theory mainly covers constitutional interpretation mechanism, as well as the constitutional implementation mechanism. Besides, it also elaborates on intrinsic relationships between implementation of the Constitution, administration, judicial enforcement mechanisms and constitutional values and orders. Topics on Administrative Law includes: monographic studies on Administrative Organization Law, monographic studies on the theory of administrative behaviors, topics on the enactment of administrative law, topics on the implementation of administrative law, topics on administrative penalties, topics on administrative licensing; topics on administrative enforcement, topics on administrative procedures, topics on administrative review, and topics on Administrative Compensation, etc..

Civil Law
This course is designed to introduce difficult theoretical problems in civil law system. The course focuses on the related theories of the civil law system, enabling students to build a relatively comprehensive knowledge about the system. The main topics include: the general theory of Civil Law, the Personal Rights Law, the Property Law, and Law of Obligations and Torts. The general theory of Civil Law focuses on civil legal relations, civil entities, legal behaviors, and agents. The Law of Personal Rights focuses on personality rights, identity rights and other personal rights. Property Law focuses on alteration of property rights, right of property claims, ownership, user rights, security interest, and possession, etc. The Law of Obligations focuses on the fulfillment of debt, debt preservations and guarantees, the right of defense, cancellation, and breach of the contract and so on. Torts focus on the liability principles, elements of trots, exemptions, contributory torts, and other special torts.

Topics on the Property Law
This course is designed to enable students to deeply understand the basic theory of Property Law, the alterations of property rights, ownership and institutional characteristics of Jura. This course focuses on the basic theories and related legal institutions, enabling students to understand the characteristics of property rights and the basic principles of Property Law. Through practical teaching materials and teaching approaches, this course will analyze and discuss difficult issues concerning the theory and practice of Property Law so as to enable students to apply the knowledge to handle related practical issues. The main topics of this course include: nature of property rights, Chinese property law legislation and institutional value, the general theory of property rights alterations, institutional analysis on obtainment of ownership, the maintenance of the rights of the owners, protections to security rights holders, and other theoretical and practical issues.

Topics on Criminal Law
This course is designed to enable students to thoroughly master the general theories of the Criminal Law, to have a comprehensive understanding of concepts and regulations of the Criminal Law, to be equipped with appropriate legal thinking, and to handle research issues independently. This course is divided into two parts, namely the general theory and substantial theory. The first part is primarily concerned with the legislation, jurisdiction and enforcement of the Criminal Law. The second part is related to topics on crimes of endangering public safety, crimes of disrupting the order of the socialist market, crimes of infringing upon civil rights, crimes of property violation, crimes of obstructing the administration of public order, crimes of embezzlement and bribery, and crimes of dereliction of duty.

Civil Procedural Law
This course is designed to enable students to master the basic theories, basic principles and basic mechanisms of the Civil Procedure Law and the principles of procedures. The main topics include: First, the basic theories of Civil Procedure. This part includes the purposes of civil litigation, the relationship between the Civil Procedure Law and the Civil Substantive Law, the theory of the right of action, the theory of litigation subject, and the theory of res judicata. Second, the basic principles of civil procedure. This part focuses on the principles of debate, the principles of disposition, and the principle of good faith, etc.. Third, the basic mechanism of civil litigation. This part focuses on the collegial mechanism, the trial grade system, public trial and judgment documents published on the Internet, the improvement of jury system, and the applications of revocation by the third party. Fourth, specific mechanisms of civil litigation. This part contains the principle of jurisdiction, public interest litigation, the majority party mechanism, and the application of the principle of non bis in idem, etc. Fifth, civil procedure mechanism. This part includes the registration system, the trial for first instance and second instance, trial supervision procedures, implementation procedures, and the reform of civil enforcement regime.

Criminal Procedural Law
This course is designed to help students develop a deep understanding of fundamental issues on Criminal Procedural Law, and gain a thorough knowledge of the basic principles. The course focuses on basic scopes, basic system and procedures of the Criminal Procedural Law, including the relations between the nature of the criminal litigation and criminal procedures, the value of criminal litigation, value conflictions and coordination, research on the efficiency of criminal prosecution, theories and principles of criminal litigation, norms of international criminal justice system and the Chinese criminal procedural law, detention system and protection of human rights, the defense system, the realization of judicial and social justice, the protection of rights of parties involved in the prosecution system, fair trial research, and the standard of proof in criminal cases.

The Frontiers of Economic Law
This course is designed to enable students to master basic principles of the Economic Law as well as to analyze the economic law practice. The course includes the basic theories of the Economic Law, the Macro-Control Law, the Market Regulation Law and other theories and practices. The part of basic theories of Economic Law covers the origin, ontology, operation and methodology of Economic Law. The part of Macro-Control Law includes Financial Law, Tax Law, and Finance Law. Market Regulation Law section includes Antitrust Law, Anti-Unfair Competition Law and Law of Protection of Consumer’s Rights. In addition, the course also offers topics on the state-owned enterprise reform and other current major social issues.

Topics on International Trade Law
This course is designed to build a systematic knowledge of international trade law, to use relevant theory and research methods to analyze international law of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade and their applications, to discuss the classic cases and hot issues, and to grasp the dynamics and trend of China's foreign trade and economic cooperation. Combining theories on international trading system and the evolution of related theory with discussions on cases and hot issues, this course explores multilateral trade treaties (WTO), regional trade agreements (EU and NAFTA, TPP and TTIP in the process of negotiation), as well as bilateral trade agreements. This course also analyzes the development trends of China's foreign trade, potential legal obstacles and possible solutions within the framework of “ One Belt and One Road”, trade negotiations among China, Japan and South Korea, Sino-New Zealand and Sino-Australian bilateral treaties and free trade zones.

  • Juris Master

Topics on Jurisprudence
This course is designed to help students master the basic principles and methods of Marxism Jurisprudence, as well as to catch up with the current leading academic studies. This course includes: a summary of the academic development characteristics and its general direction of jurisprudence in China since 1978, a comparative study of various mainstream thoughts concerning the legal ontology, explanations of the philosophical implications of Law’s ideological values, a revelation of the local resources of traditional Chinese legal culture and its potential contributions to the modernization of the legal system, a comprehensive analysis of the basic connotations of each aspect and academic controversies on the mechanism of legal adjustment, a review of all possible issues within the field of legal cultural, a comprehensive introduction to the theory of rights which aims at recognizeing the logical relations of rights, obligations and power, and at understanding different views in this field, an introduction of the leading academic researches on aspects like a country, society or culture under the rule of law, an exploration of the theoretical relations between law and economy, politics, morality, religion, customs and other social factors.

Topics on Chinese Legal History
this course is designed to review the Chinese legal history and to let the students understand the key issues, hot issues and trends in this subject. Topics include: legal institutions in Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasty, legal institutions in the spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period, legal institutions in Qin Dynasty, legal institutions in Han Dynasty, legal institutions in Wei, Jin and southern and Northern Dynasties, legal institutions in Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties,legal institutions in Song Liao West Xia, Jin, and Yuan Dynasty, legal institutions in Ming and Qing Dynasty, and legal institutions in Republic of China

Topics on Constitution
This course is designed to help students obtain the basic principles on enactment and implementation of the Constitution. Topics on Constitution can be divided into three parts, i.e. the ontology of constitution, value theory and institution theory. The part of ontology of constitution mainly covers the nature of the Constitution, concepts of Constitution, the object of the constitutional adjustment, social conditions on the emergence and development of the constitution, categories of history of the Constitution. The part of the value theory mainly covers the constitutional structure and value system, as well as the implementation mechanism of the constitutional value. The part of the institution theory mainly covers constitutional interpretation mechanism, as well as the constitutional implementation mechanism. Besides, it also elaborates on intrinsic relationships between implementation of the Constitution, administration, judicial enforcement mechanisms and constitutional values and orders.

Civil Law
This course is designed to introduce difficult theoretical problems in civil law system. The course focuses on the related theories of the civil law system, enabling students to build a relatively comprehensive knowledge about the system. The main topics include: the general theory of Civil Law, the Personal Rights Law, the Property Law, and Law of Obligations and Torts. The general theory of Civil Law focuses on civil legal relations, civil entities, legal behaviors, and agents. The Law of Personal Rights focuses on personality rights, identity rights and other personal rights. Property Law focuses on alteration of property rights, right of property claims, ownership, user rights, security interest, and possession, etc. The Law of Obligations focuses on the fulfillment of debt, debt preservations and guarantees, the right of defense, cancellation, and breach of the contract and so on. Torts focus on the liability principles, elements of torts, exemptions, contributory torts, and other special torts.

Topics on Criminal Law
This course is designed to enable students to thoroughly master the general theories of the Criminal Law, to have a comprehensive understanding of concepts and regulations of the Criminal Law, to be equipped with appropriate legal thinking, and to handle research issues independently. This course is divided into two parts, namely the general theory and substantial theory. The first part is primarily concerned with the legislation, jurisdiction and enforcement of the Criminal Law. The second part is related to topics on crimes of endangering public safety, crimes of disrupting the order of the socialist market, crimes of infringing upon civil rights, crimes of property violation, crimes of obstructing the administration of public order, crimes of embezzlement and bribery, and crimes of dereliction of duty.

Criminal Procedural Law
This course is designed to help students develop a deep understanding of fundamental issues on Criminal Procedural Law, and gain a thorough knowledge of the basic principles. The course focuses on basic scopes, basic system and procedures of the Criminal Procedural Law, including the relations between the nature of the criminal litigation and criminal procedures, the value of criminal litigation, value conflictions and coordination, research on the efficiency of criminal prosecution, theories and principles of criminal litigation; norms of international criminal justice system and the Chinese criminal procedural law, detention system and protection of human rights, the defense system, the realization of judicial and social justice, the protection of rights of parties involved in the prosecution system, fair trial research, and the standard of proof in criminal cases.

Civil Procedural Law
This course is designed to enable students to master the basic theories, basic principles and basic mechanisms of the Civil Procedure Law and the principles of procedures. The main topics include: First, the basic theories of Civil Procedure. This part includes the purposes of civil litigation, the relationship between the Civil Procedure Law and the Civil Substantive Law, the theory of the right of action, the theory of litigation subject, and the theory of res judicata. Second, the basic principles of civil procedure. This part focuses on the principles of debate, the principles of disposition, and the principle of good faith, etc.. Third, the basic mechanism of civil litigation. This part focuses on the collegial mechanism, the trial grade system, public trial and judgment documents published on the Internet, the improvement of jury system, and the applications of revocation by the third party. Fourth, specific mechanisms of civil litigation. This part contains the principle of jurisdiction, public interest litigation, the majority party mechanism, and the application of the principle of non bis in idem, etc. Fifth, civil procedure mechanism. This part includes the registration system, the trial for first instance and second instance, trial supervision procedures, implementation procedures, and the reform of civil enforcement regime.

Topics on Administrative Law and Administrative Procedural Law
This course is designed to enable students to master the basic theories and systems of Administrative Law, to realize the leading academic studies of Administrative Law, and to better understand basic principles and systems of Administrative Law and its applications. Topics on Administrative Law include monographic studies on Administrative Organization Law, monographic studies on the theory of administrative act, topics on the enactment of administrative law, topics on the implementation of administrative law, topics on administrative penalty, topics on administrative licensing, topics on administrative compulsion, topics on administrative procedures, topics on administrative reconsideration, topics on and  administrative compensation, etc.. Topics on Administrative Procedural Law include the general theory of administrative litigation and its scope, the participants of administrative litigation, administrative proceedings, special administrative litigation system and rules, and the judgment and implementation of administrative cases.

The Frontiers of Economic Law
This course is designed to enable students to master basic principles of the Economic Law as well as to analyze the economic law practice. The course includes the basic theories of the Economic Law, the Macro-Control Law, the Market Regulation Law and other theories and practices. The part of basic theories of Economic Law covers the origin, ontology, operation and methodology of Economic Law. The part of Macro-Control Law includes Financial Law, Tax Law, and Finance Law. Market Regulation Law section includes Antitrust Law, Anti-Unfair Competition Law and Law of Protection of Consumer’s Rights. In addition, the course also offers topics on the state-owned enterprise reform and other current major social issues.

Topics on International Trade Law
This course is designed to build a systematic knowledge of international trade law, to use relevant theory and research methods to analyze international law of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade and their applications, to discuss the classic cases and hot issues, and to grasp the dynamics and trend of China's foreign trade and economic cooperation. Combining theories on international trading system and the evolution of related theory with discussions on cases and hot issues, this course explores multilateral trade treaties (WTO), regional trade agreements (EU and NAFTA, TPP and TTIP in the process of negotiation), as well as bilateral trade agreements. This course also analyzes the development trends of China's foreign trade, potential legal obstacles and possible solutions within the framework of “ One Belt and One Road”, trade negotiations among China, Japan and South Korea, Sino-New Zealand and Sino-Australian bilateral treaties and free trade zones.

3. Supervisors

Zhiwen Liang, Tao Jiang, Guoping Zhang, Min Liu, Hexin Huang, Guorong Qin, Dengfeng Yang, Jianming Li, Hao Li,Daotong Cai, Hongming Sui, Ce Qin, Yusheng  Li, Li Li, Wenkai Sun, Aiwu Chen, Jinhua Ji, Wanghong Liu, Baoping Wei, Jun Liu,  Jie Zhao, Yuan Liu, Min Wang, Pixiang Gong, Tingtai Gong , Zheng Pang, Jinwen  Xia, Hongbing Chen, Fei Ni, Fei Li, Li Zhao, Yanqiang Wang, Ding Ma, Yan Lin,  HailiangYan, Lingl Zhengi, DanYang, We Xiao, Hanbin wang, Yao Tang, Dewen Chen, Qing xiao, Xiaoyan ma, Guoying Li, Jun Bao, Shuhua Chen, Shuanglin Cui,  Zhenyu Tu, Jingru Hou, Le Fang, Changchun Dong, Shanpeng Tang, Lei Zhang.

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