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Workshop@KI: Social Development and Legal Relations in Contemporary China

15.06.2018 | 10:00

Joint Workshop of the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin and the Chair for Chinese Law at Universität Osnabrück

Social Development and Legal Relations in Contemporary China

Having just undergone political structural reforms, it might be time to step back and regard a wider picture. China restarted its development after the trauma of the Cultural Revolution. When doing so, it reintroduced state institutions, dividing state and party organization, with the clear aim of creating laws, applying laws, and abiding by laws. This resulted in a normative and institutional built up on an unprecedented scale. As one consequence of this development, it lead to the constitutional aim of creating a system of ‘governing by law’ or 'rule of law' (依法治国). Therefore, law might be perceived as a universal set of norms that is equally important for citizens and for state (and party) actors alike. However, when looking at legal relations in everyday live, we see systemic differences in treating ordinary citizens, state institutions, and party organizations. Therefore, our workshop aims at discussing the role of law as it is perceived in modern Chinese society. In doing so, we do not emphasize the rather theoretical perspective of scrutinizing the concept of 依法治国 (rule of law), but try to show in more concrete terms, how social relations are dominated and/or challenged by the law.


10:00-10:10 Welcome address
10:10-11:40 Panel I : Legal Sociology and History
  • Prof. Dr. Zhang Renshan (University Nanjing): Three Obstacles of Applying Legal Transplant in Modern China
  • Prof. Dr. Chang Chih-Ming (National Taiwan University): Phenomenology and Legal Order
11:40-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-14:30 Panel II : Private Law
  • Dr. Zhao Lijun (inquired, Middlesex University London)
  • Dr. Irmgard Adam (German Foreign Ministry): Women’s rights to land and the reform of three rights separation
  • Prof. Dr. Benjamin Pißler (Max-Planck-Institute): Social Development and Regulations on Nonprofit-Organizations in Contemporary China
14:30-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-16:30 Panel III : Public Law
  • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jiang Su (Beijing University): From Strike Hard to Balancing Leniency and Harshness: The Transformation of Chinese Criminal Policy
  • Prof. Dr. Zhang Qianfan (Beijing University): Social Development and Public Law
  • Prof. Dr. (NTU) Georg Gesk (University Osnabrück): Normative System between Legislation, Political Hierarchy, and Judicial Amelioration
16:30-17:00 Closing Ceremony

Zeit & Ort

15.06.2018 | 10:00

Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Goßlerstr. 2-4, 14195 Berlin