The Sino-Finnish Bilateral Seminars on Comparative Law (Bilateral Seminars), jointly organized by the Center and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Law (CASS Law) bring together law professors from China and Finland to discuss current issues and developments in the field of law. Since 2009, these seminars have created an important platform for dialogue between Finnish and Chinese legal scholars.
The Bilateral Seminars are held in both countries alternately, once a year. Each year a delegation of legal scholars travels from China to Finland or from Finland to China. The seminars are a platform for researchers to meet, exchange views and deepen cooperation. The CASS China Forum on the Rule of Law publishes a book series including the papers presented in each Seminar to provide a tangible outcome and result of collaboration.
During the years of existence of the Center, three Bilateral Seminars have been arranged. In 2013, the 5th Sino-Finnish Bilateral Seminar on Comparative Law under the topic “Rule of Law and Economic and Social Development” was organized in Beijing. In 2014, the 6th Sino-Finnish Bilateral Seminar on Comparative Law was organized in Turku, Finland. In 2015, the 7th Bilateral Seminar under the topic “Rule of Law and Protection of Rights” was organized in Beijing.To ensure development of new partnerships, the Center emphasizes the importance of rotation in hosting the Bilateral Seminar by different Finnish universities, so that each member institution is offered an opportunity to present its research profile and develop its own connections.
The 8th Bilateral Seminar was held on 28 and 29 August 2017, in two locations: the University of Helsinki and the University of Tampere. The full program for that event is available here, and a summary of the Seminar’s outcomes can be read here.
Alongside the Sino-Finnish dialogue, the seminar also creates an important opportunity for dialogue between senior researchers and the younger generation of researchers. Since 2013, the seminars have invited participation by doctoral students, who act as commentators. Such inclusion enhances the international exposure of younger scholars and ensures that dialogue will continue in the future.