Why study about China Law?

With China’s growing presence in the global economy and governance, specialized knowledge of Chinese business law is becoming increasingly sought after. This is particular the case in the context of EU-China business relations.
In the EU’s Strategic Outlook in 2019, China is identified as ‘an economic competitor in the pursuit of technological leadership, and a systemic rival promoting alternative models of governance’. Given that China’s regulatory and governance models are considerably different from the EU’s, there is a dire need within the EU to comprehend the Chinese legal system.


Who is this course for?

The Erasmus China Law Centre will provide an executive course on selected topics of Chinese business law in the summer of 2020. Apart from facilitating participants to understand the key characteristics of the Chinese legal regime as a whole, the course will focus on new developments concerning foreign investment law, contract law, company law, law on intellectual property protection, and settlement of commercial disputes in China.

What will you learn?

The course is designed for European businesses with branches already established in China, or are planning to enter the Chinese market, or are involved in doing business with Chinese companies and persons. It aims to attract a wide range of audience including in-house counsels, lawyers and managers.


The course has a duration of six days, divided up in three consecutive two-day sessions. Participants will learn about the following subjects:
  • Day one – Understanding Chinese law from a business perspective & Chinese contract law and enforcement 
  • Day two – The 2019 Chinese Foreign Investment Law
  • Day three – Corporate governance in the Company Law
  • Day four – Protection of intellectual property: law and practice
  • Day five – Settlement of commercial disputes: institutions, actors and cases
  • Day six – Settlement of investment dispute: institutions, actors and cases

Fees and start dates

The dates of the sessions are as follows:
  • Day one: Thursday 18th June 2020
  • Day two: Friday 19th June, 2020
  • Day three: Thursday 25th September, 2020
  • Day four: Friday 26th September, 2020
  • Day five: Thursday 19th November, 2020
  • Day six: Friday 20th November, 2020
On Thursdays, the session will start at 16.00 and will end at 20.00 hrs, including a dinner. On Fridays, the session will commence at 9.00 and will last till 16.00 hrs. By doing so, the sessions are combinable with a busy work schedule, at your convenience. A hotel booking can be arranged upon request and be included in the tuition fee.
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Prof. Dr. Yuwen Li

Yuwen Li is professor of Chinese Law and the Director of the Erasmus China Law Centre at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Professor Li holds a BA in Chinese Law from Peking University, an MA in International Law and International Relations from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, and a PhD in International Law from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has acted as co-director of numerous legal collaborative projects on training Chinese judges, public prosecutors, lawyers and NPO practitioners, with Chinese institutions, such as the National Judges College, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Civil Affairs in China, Institute of Law of Chinese Academy of Social Science, Chinese University of Politics and Law, etc. In 2019, she just completed her leadership in the project on reforming the investor-state dispute settlement system in the context of the EU-China bilateral investment treaty negotiations: European and Chinese perspectives. The project was funded by the Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences. Professor Li has supervised a number of Chinese PhD candidates who conduct comparative legal studies in the field of investment law, company law, criminal law, environmental law and arbitration law. She has broad academic interest in Chinese law in general, with specialization on the judicial system, dispute settlement, foreign investment law and company law. Her recent publications include: China, ​ the EU and International Investment Law: Reforming Investor-state Dispute Settlement (eds.), (UK: Routledge, 2019). The Judicial System and Reform in Post-Mao China: Stumbling towards Justice (UK: Ashgate, 2014). Professor Li is the co-founder and Chairperson of the Netherlands China Law Association. She also serves as a member of China Committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. She is external advisor for the Law School of City University in Hong Kong. She is on the panel list of Arbitrators on the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, Jinan Arbitration Commission, the International Arbitration Court in Ganjiang New District in the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Cheng Bian

Dr. Cheng Bian is an academic researcher at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Cheng Bian obtained a bachelor degree in Chinese law and a master degree in international economic law from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China. He also holds a PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he defended his doctorate thesis titled ‘National Security Review Regimes of Foreign Investment: A Comparative Study in China, the US and the EU’. Dr. Cheng Bian’s recent publications include: China, the EU and International Investment Law: Reforming Investor-state Dispute Settlement (eds.) (Routledge, 2019), and National Security Review of Foreign Investment: A Comparative Analysis of China, the United States and the European Union (Routledge, forthcoming 2020). Dr. Cheng Bian passed the Chinese state judicial examination in 2012 and is a qualified lawyer in mainland China.


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The China Law course will take place on the Erasmus University Woudestein campus in the Polak Building. Participants will be notified of the classroom upon enrollment.


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