Introduction to Chinese Law Course
To study Chinese law in a mainland law school in putonghua is a new endeavor of the Faculty of Law. When the idea was first proposed, there were concerns expressed in the Faculty as to whether students would be willing to attend the intensive course; whether quality could be maintained; or whether host law schools in the mainland would be able to work with us.
The Faculty is well prepared for the intensive courses. First of all, we choose our partner Universities in the mainland very carefully. Our partners are all highly ranked and reputable law schools, and we know each other well through previous interactions. We also consult our China Affairs Department to make sure that we have good working relations with our mainland partners at the university level.
Second, we sign exchange agreements to iron out the details and make clear each other’s responsibilities, while at the same time agreeing to be flexible in managing the programme. We develop good faith through negotiation and implementation and through open and friendly discussion. Once an agreement is signed, we designate persons to be in charge at each side so as to maintain effective communication. We maintain regular and effective contact with our partners in the mainland.
Finally, we take measures to make sure students have a safe and meaningful mainland experiences. HKU faculty personally attend the trips in Shanghai and spend the first few days with the students to ensure that the programme starts well. Two PhD students from the Faculty with mainland backgrounds stay with our students throughout the programme.
To prepare the students, we have designed a briefing session (3 hours) before students embark on the trip. The package for the briefing session, it includes: 1) elementary concepts of the Chinese legal system; 2) core features of Chinese law, and 3) things to know about staying in mainland Universities.
Our partners are warm, effective, and considerate. The overall feedback from our students has been very positive.
2017-2019 Summer Courses:
hosted by the East China University of Political Science and Law (華東政法大學)
2015-2018 Winter Courses:
hosted by Fudan University Law School (復旦大學法學院)