The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) was established in 1994 as an interdisciplinary research institute in affiliation with the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong (CityU Law). As one of the world’s oldest research centres on Chinese and comparative legal studies as a discipline, it is devoted to research in both fundamental and cutting-edge issues in the relevant areas. The Centre benefits greatly not only from the institutional support of CityU Law but also from a sizable group of academics in the School of Law who specialize either in a particular area of Chinese law or general Chinese legal studies, as well as, are experts in comparative law. The Centre is blessed by its location in Hong Kong which has a legal system based on English common law and a long-standing rule of law tradition. As an international business and financial hub under the “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong has also served as an international legal hub in facilitating rule-based commercial transactions and trans-border dispute settlement, in many cases involving mainland China, and provides the best forum in the world for interactions between Chinese laws and foreign laws. As both CityU and its School of Law are increasingly recognized as world-class educational and research institutions, the Centre is now in an ideal position to be the centre of gravity for Chinese and comparative legal studies in the region and the world.
The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) contributes to the University's goal of excellence — research. It aspires to become the premier Chinese and comparative law research centre in the Asia Pacific region and the world through organizing and facilitating research on Chinese law and comparative law. The Centre disseminates research results and knowledge in the HKSAR, mainland China and overseas, and provides a platform for discussion and exchange of knowledge amongst a diverse group of scholars and develops links for a co-operative research culture. It endeavours to make HKSAR the centre of gravity for Chinese and comparative legal studies.
The Centre’s goal is to broaden the horizon of human knowledge and contribute to the betterment of the society by conducting research in Chinese and comparative law. It extends knowledge and understanding of different legal systems by encouraging academic exchange and research. The Centre recognizes the value of doctrinal, theoretical, empirical and comparative research, and encourages interdisciplinary research which involves multiple disciplines including law, economics, politics, history, culture, philosophy, technology and natural sciences. It also conducts research on practical policy issues with the aim of generating impact on policy-making and improving human wellbeing. The specific objectives of the Centre are as follows: