Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki Plays a Part in “Northern Europe-China Legal Week 2018”

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki  [Time]    2018-05-07 08:29:14 

On April 19th, local time, a Chinese law research workshop, which was co-organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki in Finland, the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture and the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, attracted more than eighty people including scholars from colleges and universities, research institutions, and personages from legal and business circles in Finland. Six experts from China, Finland, the United Kingdom, Denmark and other countries made keynote speeches at the event. More than 10 honored guests attended the group presentations and panel discussions.

Ulla Liukkunen, Director of the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture and a professor from the University of Helsinki, stated at the opening ceremony that this workshop was the most important part in the “Northern Europe-China Legal Week 2018”, which reflected the strong interest of the Northern European academic community and the public in Chinese law and Chinese legal system. In her speech, she said, in view of small and medium-sized local enterprises and the demand for the start-ups, many activities about Chinese enterprises and corporate laws were conducted during the period of “Northern Europe-China Legal Week 2018”, including lectures on the Chinese intellectual property law .

Ulla Liukkunen making a speech

PiaLetto-Vanamo, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, made a speech on behalf of the organizers. She hoped that the workshop would promote more and more extensive cooperation among the universities of Northern Europe, as well as between Northern Europe and China in terms of Chinese law research.

PiaLetto-Vanamo giving a welcome speech

On the morning of the same day, the participating experts made keynote speeches focusing on two aspects: backgrounds of China and the Chinese law and comparative studies of Chinese law and law culture. Alan C. Neal, a professor from the School of Law at Warwick University, presided over this meeting.

In the first unit of the event, Alan C. Neal gave a report on “How to Discover China”. He reviewed a number of cooperative projects with China in which he was involved as a labor law expert and judge, and the impact of his numerous visits to China on academic research. He pointed out that with the changes, development and progress of China, it was becoming increasingly important to understand Chinese law in a comprehensive and profound way, and to give full consideration to such factors as Chinese history, geography and culture.

Alan C. Neal giving a report

Yan Dong, a professor from the Law School of Beijing Foreign Studies University, gave a lecture titled “Source of Chinese Law”. He introduced the tradition of the Chinese legal system, legal system modernization, China’s current legal system and its latest development, etc.

Yan Dong introducing the source of Chinese law

Ditlev Tamm, a professor from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, talked from the perspective of a legal history expert and expounded the reflection of Northern Europe on the Chinese culture and the law and the judicial reform with Chinese characteristics.

Ditlev Tamm making a speech

In the second unit, Julie Yu-wen Chen, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki, made a speech “Culture and Contemporary China”, in which he introduced a variety of theoretical models for Chinese political and legal research.

Chen making a statement

Matti Nojonen, a professor from the University of Lapland in Finland, analyzed the confluence among Chinese economy, business and law, and their influence on legal research.

Matti Nojonen giving a speech

In her speech, PiaLetto-Vanamo stressed that history and legal history should be taken into full account when studying contemporary law.

The session of the workshop in the afternoon was divided into two groups, respectively discussing the two topics: “institutions and agents: law in the Chinese context” and “current issues in the Chinese judicial system”. The first group discussion was presided over by Alan Neal, who introduced the “legal institutions: Chinese judicial and administrative decisions”. Yan Dong elaborated the “Chinese legal system under the international background”. Johanna Niemi, a professor from the University of Turku in Finland, and Pia Eskelinen, PhD researcher, analyzed the “Law and Gender Selection in Gender Structure: Theoretical Considerations in Comparative Studies and China Legal Studies”.

Cheng Dawei, a professor from Renmin University of China, speaking on “The Belt and Road and global economic governance”.

The second group discussion was chaired by Ulla Liukkunen. Jin Haijun, a professor from the Law School of Renmin University of China, Yan Tian, vice-professor from Peking University, and Zhang Yihong, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Helsinki, talked about the Chinese intellectual property law and judicial theories, China’s labor law and labor-management relations, and the Chinese corporate law system.

Jin giving a themed lecture “Latest Development of Intellectual Property Law in China”

Afterward, four professors and PhD researchers from the University of Tampere, Eastern Finland, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in Finland held a panel discussion on “Actual cases of Chinese law teaching and research”.

The “Northern Europe-China Legal Week 2018” was co-sponsored by the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture and the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, and received a strong support from the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki. During the legal week, a series of expert lectures, Chinese law seminars, the first Northern Europe-China Legal Scholars Conference, and a Chinese Contemporary Management Seminar were held.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki has always been committed to promoting the understanding and research of contemporary China in Finland and Nordic regions, and to building bridges for academic cooperation and exchanges between China and Finland. Chen stated that the Confucius Institute actively participated in the “Northern Europe-China Legal Week” and co-hosted a workshop on Chinese law, aiming to provide a dialogue and exchange platform for Chinese law researchers in the Nordic regions, to promote studies and understanding of Chinese law and legal culture in Nordic countries and even in the whole Europe. This event, he said, was conducive to strengthening the status and role of the Confucius Institute in academic activities at local universities.