Academic year 2022/2023

Get to know the program of the previous course! Below you can download the info sheets for each week of classes.

Module I, 15-16 October 2022

China’s Political System and China-Europe Economic and Political Relations

Dr. Jakub Jakóbowski

Chinese Communist Party and the State: Xi Jinping’s Political System

Dr. Jakóbowski delivered an opening lecture on the political system in China. During his lecture, he presented the structure of the Chinese Communist Party and its influence on decision making processes. By the end, students took part in a discussion regarding the possible scenarios of the 20th National Congress of CCP and its consequences in both internal and international fields

Dr. Włodzimierz Cieciura

From diversity to unity? Governing China(s) through the centuries and the legitimacy of power from Empire to Nation State

Dr. Cieciura introduced us to the history of China, which is crucial in understanding the One-China policy. Moreover, discussed Chinese society structure including minorities. He described “nation” (minzu 民族) discourse-policy goals of the Chinese government.

Grzegorz Stec

Forming a United EU’s China Policy - Past, Present, Future

During the seminar, Mr. Grzegorz introduced the institutions of the European Union and how its Member States influence European policy on cooperation with the Middle Kingdom. During the lecture the participants learned about European legislative processes, and also were acquainted with its practical dimension.

Paulina Kanarek

Chinese Foreign Investments in Poland - Opportunities and Challenges

Ms. Kanarek elaborated on the specifics of Chinese economic activity in Poland in recent years putting emphasis on foreign direct and indirect investments. She discussed both successful and failed major projects that Beijing launched in our country. Moreover she mentioned China’s relations and influence in other parts of the world, such as Latin America.

Module II, 19-20 November 2022

China’s Foreign Policy and its Role in the Contemporary Global Order

Dr. Tamás Matura

Why China may not be the next global hegemon?

Dr. Matura elaborated on some debatable issues linked with the current global role of China and its rivarly with other powerful states. The lecturer discussed whether it is actually possible for China to become a global leader? He talked about China’s current position, how the Chinese economy has changed over the years and which economical aspects have an impact on the international position of China.

Prof. Xu Xin

Making Sense of China’s Rise: An Unfolding World (Dis-)order in the 21st Century

The lecture was dedicated to China’s rise. Prof. Xu Xin elaborated on the rapid growth of the Chinese role on the international stage referring to internal: political, social, economic, and military dimensions of that.

Prof. Zhang Qingmin

The Return of History in China’s Foreign Policy, Nationalism and Chinese Foreign Policy

During the session, Prof. Zhang explained how the past affects Chinese contemporary foreign policy. He also found some time to mention the role of Chinese nationalism in the process of the evolution of Chinese foreign policy. Moreover, he raised an issue about the Western influence and formation of Chinese nationalism.

Module III, 10-11 December 2022

Chinese Legal System and Constitutional Law: Theory and Practice

Prof. Mingzhe Zhu

Introduction to Chinese Legal System: The History and Fundamental Principles of Chinese Law

Prof. Mingzhe Zhu gave a lecture on the Chinese Legal System. It was an essential introduction to the Middle Kingdom’s history consisting of a review of the most crucial constitutional acts and laws.  He also discussed the influence of ancient philosophers on the development of principles and values that law in China refers to.

Qian Kun

Introduction to Chinese Constitutional Law: History, Principles and Institutions

During the lecture Mr. Kun presented the history of China’s constitutionalism through the centuries. At the end of his lecture, there was a focus on nowadays practice of courts.

Prof. Björn Ahl

Chinese Constitutional Law: Party-State system, Supreme People’s Court and Judicial Reforms

Prof. Ahl focused on the expansion of powers of the SPC and about the Chinese court system. He elaborated on the court system and its reforms. During the lesson, a crucial element were references to the Chinese judicial model to the Western one.

Dr. Patrick Jiang

Understanding the Chinese Constitutional System: Differences in Theory and Practice

During a 3-hour long class, dr. Jiang presented various practical problems on distinctions in Chinese law in books and law in practice. He discussed the special status of Hong Kong, compared its legal culture with the EU one and explained recent events in the light of national security regulations.

Module IV, 21-22 January 2023

Digital China: Cybersecurity Regime, Smart Justice and Social Credits

Marianne von Blomberg

Social Credit Systems in China – Strengthening or Undermining the Law

Ms. Blomberg discussed the roots of the Chinese SCS project and its influence on law (including legal problems it creates). As the scope of her doctoral research, the knowledge shared was exceptionally broad and substantive. During the second part of the class, we conducted a practical workshop on identifying possible law violations related to system usage.

Fan Yang

The Supervision and Control Function of Smart Courts

The lecture was focused on what new technologies are used and what the court process looks like with their help. The idea of smart courts is an extremely intriguing topic. Its economic and social impact is still being researched.

Igor Szpotakowski

Navigating China’s cybersecurity and data protection legislative framework

Mr. Szpotakowski introduced the issue of AI in China. He gave a presentation about navigating China’s cybersecurity and data protection legislative framework. The lecture helped to understand the differences in the approach to AI and data protection in China and other parts of the world.

Module V, 25-26 February 2023

Chinese Court System, ADRs and Criminal Law and Procedure

Prof. Andrew Godwin

Mediation and Arbitration in China

During the lecture Prof. Godwin discussed mediation and arbitration related matters with particular reference to Chinese system of dispute resolution. He mentioned recent trends in Chinese legislation in the area of ADRs in China. Moreover, Professor held several rounds of discussions on arbitration in the various countries from which our students come. 

Dr. Monika Prusinowska

Current Developments in the Area of Dispute Resolution in China: Decoding Their Meaning for Foreign Investors

Dr. Prusinowska addressed various issues such as: mediation and arbitration, so-called med-arb, negotations, the role of China’s International Commercial Court, and also recent trends in Chinese legislation in the area of ADRs. She carried out case studies on dispute resolution with an Asian contractor.  

Dr. Daniel Sprick

Economic Crimes and Criminal Law in China

Dr. Daniel Sprick presents the history of the criminal procedure since the first criminal code in 1979. He discussed material criminal law in China (core elements, norms and their application). He also put emphasis on economic crimes (including corporate ones). A large part of the lecture was focused on the judiciary system digitisation process with the demonstration of various IT systems.

Prof. Georg Gesk

How To Convince a Criminal Justice System - an Introduction Into Chinese Criminal Procedure

Prof. Gesk discussed the criminal procedure regulations in China focusing on fundamental principles of this field of law. He also talked about practical aspects and implementation of some particular articles. The lecture was an overview of the most important institutions of material, criminal law.

Module VI, 18-19 March 2023

E-Commerce and Intellectual Property in China

Karol Piekut

E-commerce 101: How to sell to China?

Mr. Piekut talked about main online platforms and latest trends in consumers’ behavior. He also explained how COVID-19 pandemic affected E-commerce in China. Our students learned about the legal framework for commencing and operating enterprises in China, and also analyzed the latest examples of successful campaigns and market standards. The lecture culminated in group work.

Dr. Andrzej Juchniewicz

Business in China - from e-commerce to investments

Dr. Juchniewicz shared his considerable knowledge on setting up a business in China and – more generally – provided some useful tips on how to start economic activity in the PRC. During his class he discussed possible forms of running business in the Middle Kingdom and divided students into groups – each group suggested their own scenarions of entering a Chinese market.

Wayne Wei Wang

Intellectual property, antitrust, e-commerce, and platform governance in China

Mr. Wayne Wei Wang, who engaged the most distinctive post-graduated students of the University of Hong Kong in his 6-hour lecture on intellectual property, antitrust, e-commerce, and platform governance in China. Each part of the presentation was led by a professional specialized in the given area, which resulted in sharing a dose of specialistic knowledge.

Module VII, 22-23 April 2023

Data Protection, Fintech and Tax Law in China

Dr. Wen Xiang

Data Protection Law

During the lecture, dr. Xiang talked about the basics of the functioning of the data protection system in China. In addition, he mentioned how applications collecting data function and what their responsibilities are. His presentation consisted mainly of discussion, while participants were involved by addressing questions to him. 

Lixin Liu

Fintech development and its impact on the traditional financial industry in China

Her lecture was devoted to finance with the internet of things and big data, and internet finance. Finance with Internet of things and big data is the high-order form of internet development. Her classes were very informative and helped our students understand the development and impact of new technologies on the finance sector.

Dr. Na Li

Chinese Tax Law

The presentation of dr. Li consisted of two parts: an explanation of the crucial tax mechanisms and an analysis of the Double Taxation Treaty between China and Poland. Extensive case studies accompanied the discussion of both issues, which helped to understand the topic. Although tax law is a complicated subject, the School students solved the case studies without effort.

Module VIII, 20-21 May 2023

Chinese Energy and Environment Protection Law; Data Privacy

Kemeng Cai

China’s Data Privacy Law

Mr. Kemeng laid out the Data Privacy issues, one of the most popular topics in China in recent times due to the latest regulation. With his sector experience, the presentation was a unique opportunity to learn practical insights.

Igor Szpotakowski

Renewable energy law and regulation in China; The future of generative AI regulation in China

The lecture was a conjunction between the AI regulation, and the second topic of the session, energy law in China. It summarized the legislative history, including highlights of the most crucial climate law acts, with aspects such as renewables and electromobility.

Di Yao

Introduction to IP Rights in China

The workshop conducted by Mr. Di Yao was focused on an intellectual property topic. He presented an overall description of particular IP rights (such as: patent and trademark) and provided some useful tips on how to protect an innovation in Chinese market. He also divided students into some groups in which they dealt with some interesting case studies.

Prof. Mingzhe Zhu

Environment Protection Law

This time prof. Zhu focused on the environmental issues. His classes concerned the position of this area of law in the legal system and its relationship to civil law and property issues. The classes helped to understand how environmental issues affect law in China.

Module IX, 3-4 June 2023

corporate law, Dispute Resolution and IP rights in China

Dr. Min Yan

Corporate Social Responsibility in China; Dual-Class Voting Structures in Chinese Listed Companies

His class related to the new challenges that corporate law has to face. The first part was dedicated to the new method of voting measuring in companies entities, particularly favoured from China and the UK, ie. Dual-Class Voting. The second part of the presentation focused on ESG matters. There was a lively discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility, its theoretical backgrounds and the identification of the entity affected by the above regulation.

Dr. Jie (Jeanne) Huang

Introduction to IP Rights in China; Dispute Resolution in China

During two presentations on Dispute Resolution and IP rights in China, the discussion was lively and focused on subjects close to her major academic activities. Students evaluate the lecture as highly informative and engaging. Case studies to illustrate the problems in Chinese dispute resolution were particularly noteworthy, as provided a tangible and relatable framework for understanding the material. The extensive discussion also allowed for a deeper exploration of civil and commercial procedures in China.