Summer School on China Studies Tradition and Innovation

(check out the call of the 1st edition at University of Trento)

As Confucius pointed out, the age of 40 is the age of maturity and doubtless. China, after 40 years of Policy of Reform and Opening-up, is trying to develop its own identity by looking at its tradition and by addressing the challenges of the future. On one side we have the Confucian values, on the other side we have the needs of the digital society. Current Chinese trends are analyzed within the frame of economical, legal and cultural phenomenon and by emphasizing their traditional/historical and modern elements. The summer school will provide participants with an opportunity to better understanding current trends in China and to develop the necessary methodological skills to address China’s issues.

Contents

The selected topics are: the new E-Commerce Law, the future Civil Law Code to be adopted in 2020, the Supreme People’s Court Case Guidance System, the Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics, the Experience of Modernization and Reform, the Importance and Role of Chinese Language, Sharing Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Law and Virtue, China in a Global Context.

Leading experts on China Studies and representatives of Chinese political, economic and cultural spheres will analyse current Chinese trends within the frame of economical, legal and cultural phenomenon and by emphasizing their traditional/historical and modern elements, providing participants with an opportunity to develop the necessary methodological skills to address China’s issues.

Each presentation, beside the fundamental theoretical knowledge, will analyse concrete cases and practices. Guest Speakers are hopefully going to contribute to strengthening a proper and friendly academic atmosphere and promote further collaborations.
Participants will be introduced to some of the successful business stories in Trentino. These meetings will open discussion about how to adapt local realities to Chinese challenges.

Speakers’ Profile

Prof. BOURGON Jérôme

Director of Research at Scientific Research National Center (Centre national de la recherche scientifique CNRS), Member of the Lyon Institute of East Asian Studies at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, director of Legalizing Space in China Project.


 Prof. CAI Xiongshan

Deputy Director & Chief Researcher of Law Research Center, Tencent Research Institute; Expert of Internet Development Research Institution, Peking University; Master Tutor of Communication University of China, opens “Cyber Law” Course independently; Visiting scholar Yale University.



Prof. CARDILLO Ivan

Assistant professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Member of the Academy of Legal Culture, Visiting Professor of Chinese Law at University of Trento Law School, director Istituto di Diritto Cinese, Chairman Association of Italian Scholars in China.


Judge CHEN Xianjie 

Deputy Inspector Supreme People’s Court of China. 


Prof. HAO Zuocheng

Advisor of Legal Policy Research Center, Didi Chuxing Technology Co., former staff member of the National People’s Congress, General Segretary Center for Rule of Law and Social Governance, Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang, member Internet Judicial Research Center, China Institute of Applied Law Supreme People’s Court, China International Antitrust and Investment Center.


Prof. LIANG Zhiping  

Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute of Chinese Culture, Chinese National Academy of Arts, Member of the Academic Committee and Former Director of Hongfan Legal and Economic Studies Institute, Member of the Academic Committee of Zhejiang University Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences, Pioneer of Legal Culture Theory.


Judge SHI Lei 

Case Guidance Office’s Division Chief, Supreme People’s Court of China.


Prof. XUE Jun 

Deputy Dean Peking University Law School, Secretary general of Law & Development Academia Peking University, Director of E-Commerce Law and Development Research Base of Peking University, Expert Advisor of National People’s Congress Financial and Economic Legislative Committee


Aim

The aim is to analyze current trends in China’s developments. China is striving to create an alternative social, economic and legal model, which seeks to be not the mere emulation of Western models but the inheritance and enhancement of Chinese outstanding tradition’s values. This is the main task of Chinese government and Communist Party’s agenda. The first attempt occurred during the last decades of the Qing dynasty and led to the perish of the empire and the refusal of the tradition. Today, after 40 years since the Policy of Reform and Opening-up, characterized by the study and importation of Western ideas models goods, and by a rapid growth, China is trying to stand as a mature country and to define its identity. As Confucius pointed out, the age of 40 is the age of maturity and doubtless. China is trying to develop its own identity by looking at its tradition and by addressing the challenges of the future. On one side we have the Confucian values, on the other side we have the needs of the digital society.

Participants’ background

Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, International Business, Law, Economics, Contemporary History, Sinology. A good level of English is needed (B2).

Acknowledgment

A special thank to all the speakers, the guests, the students coming from five different countries, the Supreme People’s Court of China, the Italian Constitutional Court, the Finance Guard (Guardia di Finanza), the General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria Trento), the University of Trento, the Law School University of Trento, the Martino Martini Center, the Ferrari Winery.

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