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Scientific research innovation and think tank construction based on Chinese characteristics in the new era ——A series of reports on the achievements of the discipline development of Peking University Law School (4)

Since the fourth discipline evaluation by the Ministry of Education, PKULS has thoroughly implemented the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s series of important speeches on strengthening the training of legal talents and the Party Central Committee’s decisions. Focusing on the cultivation of top-notch innovative talents, the construction of high-quality teachers, scientific research and services, PKULS have achieved substantial and fruitful results.

""How to convict actions that hinder epidemic prevention and control"", "The challenge of self-driving cars to the law", "How to crack the malicious complaints in the e-commerce platform"... Such issues have received widespread attention from the society, and they are also the topics of the teachers and students of PKULS. The topic is also a cutting-edge case of teaching in the classroom, and it is the research direction of the scholars of PKULS that combines academic theory with Chinese practice.

PKULS has always encouraged theoretical innovation and academic practice, and actively created a superior scientific research environment for teachers and students. In order to build an academic atmosphere and promote academic discussions, PKULS strives to build an interdisciplinary exchange platform and national think tank with first-class academic influence, and has achieved fruitful scientific research results. Since 2016, PKULS has achieved excellent results in academic platform construction, scientific research output and promotion of the rule of law, which has further consolidated the leading position of Peking University's law discipline.

Improvement of multiple academic platforms

Innovation is the soul of academic research. In recent years, PKULS has been committed to building a high-level academic research platform with domestic and foreign influence, in order to actively supporting the high-quality output of innovative academic achievements. PKULS attaches great importance to the promotion of open and high-quality academic publication platforms. At present, the teachers and students of PKULS edit 24 kinds of academic publications, of which "Peking University Law Journal" and "Peking University Law Review" are top academic publications. 

Peking University Law Journal (left) & Peking University Law Review (right)

Academic Journals Hold by PKULS

At the same time, PKULS actively explores the diversified construction of high-end academic exchange platforms, and further promotes the normalization and in-depth academic exchange through a series of academic salons such as "Young Teacher Academic Workshop" and "Liberal Public Law Forum". PKULS has established long-term academic exchange platforms with Stanford University, Oxford University, Berkeley University, Humboldt University Berlin, Columbia University and other universities. Through the establishment of an academic annual meeting regulation with famous universities at home and abroad, there are many academic annual meetings held by Peking University, and these annual meetings has attracted many famous universities to participated. The influential academic conferences has built a platform for in-depth academic exchanges among legal colleagues at home and abroad, reflecting China's outstanding contribution to the construction of world law.

13th Asian Law Institute held by PKULS in 2016

2019 BESETO Conference


PKULS Let Chinese Legal Theory Show Chinese Wisdom

Over the years, the teachers of PKULS actively engaged in academic research, and achieved a double harvest of scientific research results and scientific research projects. Many Chinese and foreign papers and monographs have had a profound impact at home and abroad. For example, the 4 million-word masterpiece "The Dictionary of the History of Chinese Legal System" written by the 90-year-old scholar Professor Pu Jian for 60 years won the first prize of the "Outstanding Achievement Award for Scientific Research in Higher Education Institutions of the Ministry of Education" First Prize and the "Beijing Philosophy and Social Science Outstanding Achievement Award "First prize.

The Dictionary of the History of Chinese Legal System Written by Prof. Pu Jian

Since 2016, PKULS has focused on strengthening the overseas promotion of research results with Chinese characteristics and further enhancing international academic reputation. Faculty members have published many foreign monographs in well-known international publishing institutions such as Cambridge University Press, and published in many well-known international law journals. PKULS cooperated with the internationally renowned publishing house Routledge to publish the Peking University Law Journal, regularly introducing the latest achievements of Chinese law to the international academic community. With the support of the national "Chinese Academic Translation Project", the English version of Professor Luo Haocai's academic book "Soft Law Governance: Towards an Integrated Approach" has been published overseas; Professor Zhu Suli’s  academic work "Sending Law to the Countryside" has been published by the internationally renowned academic publishing house Springer; Professor Chen Xingliang's academic book "The Knowledge Transformation of Criminal Law (Academic History)", Professor Zhang Shouwen's academic book "Distribution Crisis" and "A New Perspective on Contemporary Chinese Economic Law Theory" will be published overseas soon. Meanwhile young scholar Peng Chun published an English monograph Rural Land Takings Law in Modern China: Origin and Evolution in Cambridge University Press, England. This is the first time that a young domestic public law scholar has published an English monograph in a world-class academic publishing house.

Peking University Law Journal

Chinese and English Version of Soft Law Governance: Towards an Integrated Approach Written by Prof. Luo Haocai

Chinese and English Version of Sending Law to the Countryside Written by Prof. Zhu Suli

Chinese and Vietnamese Version of The Rule of Law and its Local Resources Written by Prof. Zhu Suli

Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and English Version of The Constitution of Ancient China written by Prof. Zhu Suli

Rural Land Taking Law in Modern China Origin and Evolution written by Peng Chun


Scientific research achievements of PKULS contribute to China's legal development

PKULS attaches great importance to the study of basic theories of law and took the lead in proposing a series of legal theories with Chinese characteristics, which has had a lasting and profound impact on Chinese judicial cause. On the basis of strong theoretical research, PKULS continues to strengthen the construction of a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics relying on 40 scientific research institutions under it. These think tanks promote experts to actively participate in the formulation of major national legislation and decision-making, effectively realize the accurate transformation of research results, and effectively enhance the role of theoretical research in promoting the practice of the rule of law. PKULS has received dozens of acceptance letters and thank-you letters from government, which fully demonstrates PKULS’s profound background in responding to the country’s strategic needs for the rule of law and serving economic and social development.

In the context of COVID-19, PKULS has carried out the "Rule of Law and Anti-epidemic" special work since late January 2020, further exerting the function of Peking University's law think tank. More than 30 scholars have contributed the wisdom to the government, society and media through various channels, which actively fulfilling the social responsibility and academic mission of Peking University scholars.


Translated by: Zhang Dayuan