Konfuzius-Institut an der Freien Universität Berlin


Social Development and Legal Relations in Contemporary China

Expertinnen und Experten aus China und Deutschland werden gemeinsam über die Funktion von Recht in der Volksrepublik diskutieren. Im Zentrum steht dabei die Frage, in welcher Beziehung das Recht und der gesellschaftliche Fortschritt in China stehen. In drei Panels wird diese Frage jeweils bezüglich eines Rechtsgebiets behandelt: das chinesische Privatrecht, das öffentliche Recht und die Rechtssoziologie.

Der Workshop findet im Konfuzius-Institut in Berlin statt. Es sind keine Vorkentnisse nötig, alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen. Wir ermutigen insbesondere Studierende der Fächer Rechtswissenschaften und Sinologie zur Teilnahme. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.


Having just undergone political structural reforms, it might be time to step back and regard a wider picture. China restarted its development after the trauma of the Cultural Revolution. When doing so, it reintroduced state institutions, dividing state and party organization, with the clear aim of creating laws, applying laws, and abiding by laws. This resulted in a normative and institutional built up on an unprecedented scale. As one consequence of this development, it lead to the constitutional aim of creating a system of ‘governing by law’ or 'rule of law' (依法治国). Therefore, law might be perceived as a universal set of norms that is equally important for citizens and for state (and party) actors alike. However, when looking at legal relations in everyday live, we see systemic differences in treating ordinary citizens, state institutions, and party organizations. Therefore, our workshop aims at discussing the role of law as it is perceived in modern Chinese society. In doing so, we do not emphasize the rather theoretical perspective of scrutinizing the concept of 依法治国 (rule of law), but try to show in more concrete terms, how social relations are dominated and/or challenged by the law.


Join Workshop of the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin and the Chair for Chinese Law at Universität Osnabrück

Freitag, 15. Juni 2018

Location: Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Goßlerstr. 2-4, 14195 Berlin

10:00-10:10 Welcome address

Panel I : Legal Sociology and History

Prof. Dr. Zhang Renshan (University Nanjing):
Three Obstacles of Applying Legal Transplant in Modern China

Kung Hsiao-pei (National Taiwan University):
Sociology of law in a phenomenological perspective

Prof. Dr. Chang Chih-Ming (National Taiwan University):
Sociology of law in a phenomenological perspective

11:40-13:00 Lunch Break

Panel II : Private Law

Dr. Irmgard Adam (German Foreign Ministry):
Women’s rights to land and the reform of three rights separation

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Pißler (inquired, Max-Planck-Institute):
Social Development and Regulations on Nonprofit-Organizations in Contemporary China

14:30-15:00 Coffee Break

Panel III : Public Law

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jiang Su (Beijing University):
From Strike Hard to Balancing Leniency and Harshness: The Transformation of Chinese Criminal Policy

Prof. Dr. Zhang Qianfan (Beijing University):
Social Development and Public Law

Prof. Dr. (NTU) Georg Gesk (University Osnabrück):
Normative System between Legislation, Political Hierarchy, and Judicial Amelioration

16:30-17:00 Closing Ceremony

Seminar Directors

Prof. Dr. (NTU) Georg Gesk, University Osnabrück

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jiang Su, Peking University

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Mechthild Leutner, Free University Berlin

Organizing Team

Marie Bröckling, Confucius Institute Berlin

Marielle Aussems, Confucius Institute Berlin

Sören Vogler, Confucius Institute Berlin

Andrea Wittur-Münnich, University Osnabrück