Objectives

The Center coordinates and supports research and education related to Chinese law and legal culture in Finland. The Center cultivates cooperation between Finnish and Chinese universities and works closely with Chinese and international partners to promote multi-national collaboration. The Center’s activities aim to enhance the understanding of Chinese law and legal culture and support the development of China law research in Finland, as well as to foster Sino-Finnish comparative research and Chinese – Nordic/European comparative research in the field.

A key objective of the Center is to conduct independent research on Chinese law and legal culture and support that of its member institutions, all in close cooperation with Chinese counterparts. The Center enjoys especially strong research cooperation with CASS Law whereby the two sides organize annual Sino-Finnish Bilateral seminars, host research exchanges, collaborate on research projects and issue joint academic publications. The Center also maintains a library collection devoted to China law research, which can be accessed by all interested in China law research. In Finland, the Center promotes, supports and coordinates Chinese law-related research projects of its member institutions and engages in project-related activities, including hosting academic and networking events in cooperation with its members. The Center also supports publication of research outcomes by research groups and individual researchers from its member universities.

Another key focus of the Center is to promote education in the field of Chinese law and legal culture. The Center supports provision of courses and guest lectures on the topic, and informs its members and the wider public about educational opportunities available through the Center’s member institutions and other instances. The Center and its members entertain close partnerships with Chinese universities, allowing for extensive student exchange programmes, scholarly expertise and arrangement of relevant course modules.

The Center operates on an open and international basis. By engaging with Chinese, Nordic and other international partners, the Center fosters mutual understanding between the Chinese and Finnish legal systems, and also between the Chinese and Nordic/European legal systems, among students and academics, as well as among legal practitioners and the wider community. The Center supports development of the rule of law in China through presenting Finnish and Nordic legal research to Chinese institutions and by inviting Chinese counterparts to familiarize themselves with Finnish and Nordic legal systems and legal institutions. The Center has been actively developing its Nordic dimension in China law research by increasing cooperation with Danish, Swedish and Norwegian scholars in its activities. The Center has also deepened collaboration with European and other international institutions involved in China law research.