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Durham University

Durham Law School


Durham launches new Chinese law centre

(4 March 2019)

We are proud to have launched a new Centre for Chinese Law and Policy, the first of its kind for any UK law school and among the biggest, if not the biggest, in Europe.


Our new centre is 60+ researchers strong and will support preparing our law students for legal practice in China giving them a significant advantage in the global job market. There is almost no UK-based instruction about the Chinese legal system. However, Durham will offer modules on both our LLB and LLM that do.

Durham Law School has recently hired three permanent Assistant Professors in Chinese Law and currently recruiting for a Chair in a significant, strategic expansion of research-led teaching and activity in an area of law rarely covered elsewhere in the UK. In a highly competitive global market, such a move will be a real game changer improving the already outstanding employability of our graduates.


Durham Law School's Dean, Professor Thom Brooks, says: "The legal profession is becoming more global. A world class legal education must become more global to best prepare our graduates for this fast changing environment. Too many law schools remain parochial. At Durham, we recognise that to best teach our students located in this jurisdiction we must expand their boundaries to others like China's. What we are doing here right now will become what any other top law school will need to do in future when following our lead."


Within the centre, we will bring together researchers and practitioners from across the globe to study and research Chinese law and policy in the form of conferences, seminars, workshops and research projects. Starting this year, we will also host an annual summer school for Chinese law and policy in cooperation with the European China Law Studies Association. The summer school will be the first ever taught about Chinese law in the UK and possibly the first taught in English outside of Asia.


Dean Brooks says: "In the words of one senior law partner, our move to include Chinese law in our school makes our students the most employable in Britain. Our huge launch event bringing together an inaugural membership of 60+ for the new centre makes ours not only one of the largest in Europe, but probably the largest. These are remarkable, positive achievements for our first year of which I am exceptionally proud to be a part of."