Online Seminar: Smart Courts and the Informatization of China’s Judicial System

On 25 October 2021, the Finnish China Law Center will hold an online mini seminar on the topic of ‘Smart Courts and the Informatization of China’s Judicial System’. The event is part of the Center’s new mini seminar series on topical issues of Chinese law.

The seminar programme can be found here.

The event is free and open to all audiences including lawyers, the business sector, students, scholars, legislature and policymakers interested in topic. However, registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting information.

We kindly ask you to register by 22 October by completing the following electronic form: 

About the chair and speakers

Johanna Niemi (Niemi-Kiesiläinen) is Professor of Procedural Law, University of Turku. Before joining the faculty in Turku, she served as Vice Dean (education) at University of Helsinki. She has worked as a professor at Umeå University and as Visiting Professor at Lund University and been Fulbright scholar at University of Wisconsin. She is Doctor Honoris Causa at Uppsala University 2010. Professor Niemi’s research interests include criminal procedure, consumer insolvency, human rights and the construction of gender in legal discourses. She has led several socio-legal research projects. Her publications include Niemi et al (eds), International Law and Violence against Women: Europe and the Istanbul Convention, 2020; Nousiainen et al. (eds), Responsible Selves. Women in the Nordic Legal Culture, 2001.

Björn Ahl is Professor and Chair of Chinese Legal Culture at the University of Cologne. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of Helsinki University. His research in Chinese law focuses on constitutional development, in particular on judicial reforms and rights litigation. Chinese practice of public international law, comparative law, legal transfers and legal culture, which are related to Greater China and Chinese legal development are further areas of his research. He is President of the European China Law Studies Association. He received a Ph.D. in Law from Heidelberg University and studied law and Chinese language at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Nanjing. 

Wen Xiang
, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. His research and professional interests focus on sustainable investment practice and data protection regulations in China. Xiang has taught at, inter alia, Harvard Kennedy School, Tsinghua University Law School, Renmin University of China Law School, Sino-Danish Center and University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration. He was a visiting scholar at Duke University School of Law and a research fellow at Centre for International Sustainable Development Law in Canada. Xiang has also worked at World Health Organization and European Commission. Xiang has attended law schools in China, Europe and the U.S., and received his Ph.D. in Law from University of Ghent.