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Law and Governance in Contemporary China (1990s-Now)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
14 days
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Amsterdam
English

Program description

Law and Governance in Contemporary China (1990s-Now)

EU-China interdependent relations have evolved in recent decades. To decision makers and opinion leaders across the EU States, “engaging and cooperating with China is both an opportunity and necessity.” Yet, there lacks a consensus as to what a sound ‘China Strategy’ would be. In that light, we welcome students who are motivated to explore legal and governance issues in today’s China throughout the course, which will consist of opposing theories and disputing cases.

Lead lecturers, Dr. QIAO Cong-rui and Prof. Tom Zwart, have gained considerable experience in the areas of law, governance and human rights in China, and established collaborations with the Supreme People’s Court and local courts on how to improve the delivery of justice in a variety of dispute situations. Tom is the 2020 laureate of the prestigious Li Buyun Law Prize, selected by a panel of senior legal scholars and practitioners in recognition of Tom’s contribution to research and teaching of human rights law in China for almost two decades.

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Admission requirements

Who is it aimed at?

Bachelor, Master, PhD students and professionals

Prerequisites

Good English


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Program content

You will gain knowledge about key aspects of China’s legal and governance system, so that you may better understand them. At the end of the course, each student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of both China’s major legal and governance reforms and their outcomes. Reforms which to this day have not been sufficiently addressed in the existing English-language literature.
  • Explain the role of law in Chinese society, the way human rights protection has evolved within China, and how government accountability works.
  • Demonstrate intellectual skills, in particular those necessary to analyse, make a good presentation and conduct a thoughtful debate.
  • Show that they can explain the key issues with China’s law and governance.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

EU and Non-EU students fee: 1000 EUR

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