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One of the High-level Lecture Series of Peking University’s “Law Steps” Held Successfully

At the beginning of the new school year of 2018, Peking University Law School broke through innovation in teaching and created a series of lectures on “Law of Law” to promote the diversified and hierarchical development of teaching resources and teaching content, and to build a dialogue bridge between students and teachers. Among them, the "Legal Steps High-level Lectures" series of activities was comprehensively upgraded from the PhD student "Legal Frontier" course of Peking University Law School. Through an open lecture, senior professors of some law schools are invited to teach the basic methods of legal research to students in conjunction with academic frontier issues. The aim is to help doctoral students improve their academic research ability and lay a solid foundation for four years of study and research. As an innovative open classroom, "Leadership of Law" is open to graduate students from all major universities and the whole society. It has received extensive attention and attracted many students, teachers and legal practitioners from other research institutes.

On September 17, 2018, the first lecture of Peking University's "Law of Law" high-level lecture series was held in the B103 lecture hall of  (Leo) Koguan Building of Peking University Law School. The keynote speaker of this lecture is Professor Zhu Suli, whose theme is “Institutional Response to Problems”. The lecture was hosted by Professor Che Hao, and nearly 200 audiences from inside and outside the school attended the lecture.

Professor Zhu Suli first interpreted the theme of the lecture, namely, “What problems to study”, “How to face problems” and “Why is the system response”. He pointed out that the problems of legal research include both the question that can be found in the book and the problems. The latter refers to problems that are intellectually challenging and even impossible to answer, but must be dealt with. Its research value is even greater and should be the research object of doctoral thesis. The so-called "face-to-face problem" means not to judge the problem itself too early, but to understand the occurrence of the problem and to distinguish the true and false of the problem. The real problem has a real impact on society. It does not exist in the text world or the concept world, nor is it excessively personal and highly contingent, nor is it a paradox caused by definition. The real problem needs to be responded to through the system, not just the law, because although the law is a mechanism for resolving disputes, it is far from the only mechanism. Beyond the judiciary, legislation and even informal institutions also have the function of preventing and resolving disputes.

Since then, Professor Zhu Suli has combined three research topics to demonstrate how to face problems and how to respond to problems with the system. He proposed that the formation of China's unified country is closely related to its geographical characteristics. The flooding of the Yellow River and the invasion of northern nomads have brought about the need to rule the river and defend the enemy, and these needs can only be met by establishing a unified country. In contrast, the Mediterranean and India lack similar geographic features and real needs, so it is difficult to unify. Professor Zhu Suli also cited the copyright dispute between Liang Xin and the Central Ballet on the ballet "Red Women Army" as an example. He pointed out that the concept of "author" in the law is a system designed according to social needs. This system integrates fine property rights through the power of capital, promotes cooperation between all parties, and reduces transaction costs. Professor Zhu Suli also discussed the principle of suspicion in criminal law. He believes that this principle has a positive effect on the rule of law, but there are also problems worth reflecting.

At the end of the lecture, Professor Zhu Suli expressed his expectation for the students here. I hope that everyone will always embrace the heart of the child, keep sensitive to the problem, think more and read more. The lecture ended with a warm applause.