Basics to Chinese Law at the University of Lapland

The University of Lapland organizes courses on the “Basics to Chinese Law”.

The next two courses will be taught by Hongjie Tian, Professor at Renmin Law School, currently visiting the Faculty of Law at the University of Lapland.

1. Basics to Chinese Law: Intellectual Property Protected by Criminal Law in China

18.11.2013 – 21.11.2013


  • Part One: The Current Situation and Harm of Crimes against Intellectual Proterty in China
  • Part Two: Causes of Crimes against Intellectual Proterty and Measures against them in China
  • Part Three: Protection Mechanism by Criminal legislation on Crimes against Intellectual Property in China
  • Part Four: Consistence of Administrative and Criminal Laws Application: Protection Mechanism by Laws Application on Crimes against Intellectual Property in China

2. Basics to Chinese Law: Understood Legislative Transformation: the Development of Rule of Criminal Law in China

25.11.2013 – 28.11.2013


  • Part One: Understood Legislative Transformation: the Modification and Application of Chinese Criminal Law
  • Part Two: Arguments and Thinking on Drunk Driving being Legislated as a Crime
  • Part Three: The Perfecting and Application of community correction
  • Part Four: The Criminal Stand on Risk Society

Previous courses modules within the “Basics to Chinese Law” course include:

Basics to Chinese Law: Introduction to Chinese Law and Business
Professor Daxiao Shi, lecturer at Fudan University Law School.
21.10.13 -23.10.13

This question-oriented course presents a brief overview of the legal system in the Peoples Republic of China. It will cover the following topics: the sources of law, the structure of the state, judicial reform, the legal profession and so forth. The main fields of law are also included to be examined.

Welcome to the China Law Week


China Law Week starts today, Tuesday October 8th!

Welcome to our first panel discussion at the Think Corner in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki) at 16:00!

Today’s panel discussion focuses on the development of Rule of Law in China. The Panel, chaired by the Chancellor Thomas Wilhelmsson, consist of prominent experts: Pekka Hallberg (former President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland), Katja Lehto (SAK), Professor Teemu Ruskola (Emory University) and the Deputy Chancellor of Justice Mikko Puumalainen.

If you are not able to participate in the event, a live broadcast is available on the Think Corner website.

The detailed program of the China Law Week can be found in our event section.

“China Law Week” is a part of University of Helsinki “Tulevaisuuden maailmanjärjestys?” event series, which aims to provide more information on the current international developments, caused by the emergence of new global players, such as China, India and Brasil. Full program: Tiedekulma_Tulevaisuuden_maailmanjärjestys syksy 2013

Visiting researchers at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

Xie Zengyi

Associate Professor of Law in the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (01.09.2013-09.10.2013).

Associate Professor in the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; PhD (Tsinghua), LLM (Renmin); Deputy Secretary-General of China’s Labour and Social Law Association; Part-time labour arbitrator in Beijing. Professor Xie’s current research interests include labour law, social security law and comparative law.  Continue reading “Visiting researchers at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki”

Visiting researchers at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland

Zhu Wenqi

Professor of International Law at Renmin University of China and Director of the International Criminal Law Institute and the International Humanitarian Law Centre (06.10.2014-05.11.2014).

Li Peifeng

Associated Professor on Legal History, Law School of ZhongNan University of Economics and Law (1.7.2014 – 31.12.2014).

Hongjie Tian

Professor at the Law School of Renmin University (20.10.2013-30.11.2013).

Shi Daxiao

Lectuer at Fudan University (October 2013).
Dr. Daxiao SHI graduated from Peking University Law School, now is lecturer at Fudan University Law School. His research fields include jurisprudence, legal history and contract law.

The 6th Sino-Finnish International Seminar will be held in Turku in 2014

The 5th Sino-Finnish International Seminar on Comparative Law “Rule of Law and Economic and Social Development” took place in Beijing on June 14th-15th, 2013. The event was successful and governed many topical legal questions of mutual interest as well as various fields of law.

At the seminar, as a part of a larger delegation, were present the Deans of Law Faculties at the University of Helsinki, University of Lapland and University of Turku. This gave the opportunity to Dean Jukka Mähönen to invite the 6th edition of the seminar to Turku in the fall of 2014.

The Sino-Finnish International Seminar on Comparative Law brings together law professors from China and Finland to discuss current issues in the field of law. It is held  in both countries alternately once a year.

5th Sino-Finnish International Seminar
From left: Dean of Turku University Faculty of Law Professor Jukka Mähönen, Professor Olli Mäenpää, Dean of the Lapland University Faculty of Law Professor Matti Niemivuo, Center’s Director Professor Ulla Liukkunen, Dean of Helsinki University Faculty of Law Professor Kimmo Nuotio

Professor Ulla Liukkunen visited China for the first time as the Center’s Director

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.

Finnish delegation at the Peking University Law School

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.

Visit at Peking University Law School
(Bottom from the left ) Professor Ulla Liukkunen, Professor Olli Mäenpää, Professor Li Ming, Professor Jarna Petman, Professor Kimmo Nuotio, Mrs Merita Huomo-Kettunen.
(Top from the left ) Professor Gong Renren, Professor Rao Gemping, Dr Chen Yifeng, Ms Teija Isotalo, Dr Sakari Melander

 The visit as seen by Peking University Law School.

The Center is an important partner to Peking University, says Professor Li

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.


Cooperation between the Finnish China Law Center and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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