Professor Ulla Liukkunen has made her first visit to China as the Director of the Finnish China Law Center. She traveled with a larger delegation bringing together representatives from the Law Faculties of the University of Helsinki, University of Lapland and University of Turku as well as representatives of the Academy of Finland.
The agenda of this nine day visit started with the joint “Symposium on Sino-Nordic Judicial Theory” at Fudan University in Shanghai and ended with the 5th Sino-Finnish International Seminar on Comparative Law: “Rule of Law and Economic and Social Development” in Beijing.
The Center representatives, the Director and the Chair of the Board, Professor Kimmo Nuotio, visited also the Nordic Center as well as Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy Law School according to the plan.
The trip was very successful and Professor Liukkunen would like to thank all the organizers and the Chinese partners for their warm welcome and enthusiasm towards the Center.
Special appreciation is directed towards Mika Tirronen and his spouse Ms. Juulia Jyränki, who on the behalf of the Embassy of Finland in Beijing arranged a great reception to celebrate the establishment of our Center.
On Thursday June 13th 2013, Peking University Law School welcomed representatives from our Center, from the Law Faculty of the University of Helsinki and from the Academy of Finland. This visit reaffirms the shared commitment and reinforces the importance that both, Chinese and Finnish, partners place on broadening and strengthening the collaboration.
The official agenda of the visit included as well a guest lecture by Professor Jarna Petman.
The visit to the Peking University Law School, as well as Professor Petman’s lecture, are part of a longer stay in China, which aims to strengthen the growing Sino-Finnish cooperation among legal scholars. The members of the delegation travelled to Shanghai and Beijing.
On Monday May 6th, 2013 the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture held an international research seminar “Global Governance, Rule of Law and China”. This one day seminar examined China’s rule of law development and its role in global governance both historically and contemporarily.
Chinese experience and performance was reflected from a European Perspective, as the seminar offered forum to a discussion of eminent experts in the field of international law such as Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki University, and Professor Li Ming, Director of the Peking University Institute of International Law.
Professor Li also expressed his firm support to the research activities of the Center and considered the Center to be an important co-operation partner to the Peking University Institute of International Law. The Institute and the Center will develop co-operation in the field of research.
The Finnish China Law Center hosted in April 2013 Dr Knut Pissler, Head of the China Unit and China-Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg. Dr Pissler had been invited by Dr Yifeng Chen to give a lecture on the “Past and Future of Foreign Investment in China”. This presentation opened a series of guest lectures organized under the auspices of the Center.
The visit of Dr Pissler has not only the merit of sharing his expertise in the field of investment law in China but also marks a starting point of the collaboration between the Finnish China Law Center and the Max Planck Institute.
Indeed, as the first joint undertaking, Prof. Ulla Liukkunen, Dr Yifeng Chen and Dr Pissler, organize together a research seminar on “Employee Participation and Collective Bargaining in the Era of Globalization” to be held in Hamburg in May 2014. More information on the seminar and the cooperation between the two institutions will follow soon.
Dr Knut Pissler, Prof. Ulla Liukkunen, Dr Yifeng Chen