In addition to hosting doctoral candidates conducting research on Chinese law and Chinese legal culture, the Center has also supported collaborative seminars where doctoral students can get feedback on their research from professors and specialists in the field. In 2015, a delegation of doctoral candidates from all Finnish law faculties led by Dean Professor Kimmo Nuotio, University of Helsinki, visited China. The visit included a Sino-Nordic Doctoral Seminar, which was co-organized with Fudan University Law School with the support of the Nordic Center. The delegation also attended the 7th Bilateral Seminar on Comparative Law at CASS, and a Doctoral Seminar on Environmental Justice and Human Rights at the Peking University Law School. During 11-12 June 2016, the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at University of Helsinki and the PKU Institute of International Law organized the Sino-Finnish doctoral seminar on “Enforcement in International Law” at the PKU Institute of International Law.
The Center has also funded doctoral research. In December 2015, the Center received a donation of 40 000€ from the Herlin Foundation (Tiina ja Antti Herlinin Säätiö). The purpose of the grant was to cover the salary of one PhD student for a year in order to advance research related to Chinese law. A Selection Committee, consisting of representatives from each member university, selected doctoral student Zhang Kangle, University of Helsinki, with a doctoral project “Unravelling the Economic Innocence of International Law: Credit Rating in International Financial Regulation”, to receive the grant.