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Research Centres

Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law

Director: Prof WANG Jiangyu

Introduction

As a financial hub under the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong practises the common law system and meanwhile enjoys being well-versed in Chinese law development given the inextricable trade ties between two sides. Hong Kong also serves as an international legal and dispute resolution centre for the Asia Pacific region, and provides legal services in tandem with the Belt & Road Initiative announced by Central Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Ever since its establishment, City University of Hong Kong Law School has set Chinese Law as one of its teaching and research foci. The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) was established in 1994 to foster research and scholarly discussion on the changing legal landscape of China. The RCCL is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the academic investigation of Chinese law, public and private, substantive and procedural. The Centre aims to explore all cutting-edge areas related to Chinese legal development, their intricate relationships to and distinctiveness from each other, and questions about the nature and trend of rule of law in China as a whole. The Centre draws on multiple disciplines outside law, including economics, history, cognitive science, and philosophy. It also encourages comparative work, especially involving Commonwealth and civil-law systems.

Objectives

As China’s southern gateway, Hong Kong is in an ideal position to conduct research in order to gain a deep understanding of the most recent developments in Chinese law and to forge the links with the Chinese legal community, including students, lawyers, judges and government officials. This makes the RCCL’s research agendas even more dynamic and distinctive. We aspire to compare Chinese law and common law with a sophistication, which is rarely seen within each legal tradition.

 

Enquiries:

Phone: (852) 3442 8008
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: lwrccl@cityu.edu.hk

 

Hong Kong Commercial and Maritime Law Centre

Director: Professor Alexander LOKE

Introduction

The HKCML seeks first to enhance and promote research in commercial law and maritime law, and second, to provide educational opportunities to scholars, lawyers and business professionals. Through workshops, seminars and conference, the HKCML highlights the current issues confronting businesses that seek to function in a globalized world economy where the laws and regulatory eco-systems are in flux. The HKCML supports scholars who seek a forum to test their ideas and invites collaborative research on the law and commerce generally. We also warmly welcome thoughtful lawyers and scholars who wish to speak on interesting or exciting issues pertaining to law and commerce. 

Objectives

The Centre has the following objectives:

  • International trade in goods and services
  • International banking and finance
  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law and Policy
  • Corporate and securities regulation
  • Maritime Law
  • Comparative regulatory eco-systems and regulatory competition

Enquiries:

Phone: (852) 3442 8008
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: hkcml.eo@cityu.edu.hk
Website: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/HKCML

 

Public Law and Human Rights Forum

Director: Prof Zhu Guobin

Introduction

The CPLR is a research centre of the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Formerly known as Human Rights Law and Policy Forum which was created in September 2017, the CPLR was renamed and restructured to highlight the research expertise of the School, expand the scope of research areas, and boost research achievements.

The Mission of the CPLR is to conduct research, foster collaboration, and build capacity in the field of public law and human rights. The CPLR brings together the School’s core faculty members with expertise in the field of public law and human rights to share their research, collaborate with other scholars from abroad and engage with like-minded organizations to promote research and human rights. Scholars from outside CityU are invited to share their research and exchange ideas at seminars, roundtables, workshops and conferences organized by the CPLR. The CPLR’s primary focus is on constitutional law, criminal law and criminal justice, human rights in Hong Kong and Asia, including the subfield of business and human rights, and public international law. The CPLR is committed to disseminating its research by publishing books, articles and policy papers on cutting-edge issues. It also seeks to empower law students, lawyers and civil society to become agents of social change. Through strategic collaborations, the CPLR actively seeks additional projects and funding to establish itself as the leading public law and human rights research institution in Hong Kong and Asia generally.

Objectives

Public Law and Human Rights Forum (CPLR) brings together multidisciplinary experts on public law and human rights from the School of Law. The CPLR provides a platform for discussion and knowledge exchange, and develops global collaborations with the aim of establishing itself a preeminent public law and human rights research institution in Asia. The CPLR is organized mainly around four themes: constitutional law, criminal law and criminal justice, human rights in Hong Kong and Asia, including the subfield of business and human rights, and public international law.

Enquiries:

Phone: (852) 3442 4179
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: cplr@cityu.edu.hk