Amsterdam, Netherlands

Law and Governance in Contemporary China

when 17 July 2021 - 31 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 850

"NOTE: Given the insecurity about the development of covid-19 and its influence on on-campus (offline) activities, all –then applicable- guidelines from the Dutch government will be followed. On 1 May, we will decide whether this course can run on-campus or if it will be given online.

EU-China interdependent relations have evolved in recent decades. To decision makers and opinion leaders across the EU States, “engaging and cooperating with China is both an opportunity and necessity.” Yet, there lacks a consensus as to what a sound ‘China Strategy’ would be. In that light, we welcome students who are motivated to explore legal and governance issues in today’s China throughout the course, which will consist of opposing theories and disputing cases.

Lead lecturers, Dr. QIAO Cong-rui and Prof. Tom Zwart, have gained considerable experience in the areas of law, governance and human rights in China, and established collaborations with the Supreme People’s Court and local courts on how to improve the delivery of justice in a variety of dispute situations. Tom is the 2020 laureate of the prestigious Li Buyun Law Prize, selected by a panel of senior legal scholars and practitioners in recognition of Tom’s contribution to research and teaching of human rights law in China for almost two decades.

Course leader

Dr Qiao Cong-Rui and Prof Tom Zwart

Target group

This course is for Advanced Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students as well as professionals from various backgrounds with an interest in law and governance in contemporary China. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

You will gain knowledge about key aspects of China’s legal and governance system, so that you may better understand them. At the end of the course, each student should be able to:

- Demonstrate an understanding of both China’s major legal and governance reforms and their outcomes. Reforms which to this day have not been sufficiently addressed in the existing English-language literature.
- Explain the role of law in Chinese society, the way human rights protection has evolved within China, and how government accountability works.
- Demonstrate intellectual skills, in particular those necessary to analyse, make a good presentation and conduct a thoughtful debate.
- Show that they can explain the key issues with China’s law and governance.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact Hours: 45
Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with a course in session 1 to create a 4-week Summer School in Amsterdam.

Fee info

EUR 850: The tuition fee of a two-week course depends on your situation and ranges from €850-1150. This tuition fee includes:
- Two week course;
- Exclusive content for a limited number of students;
- Transcript of records with a maximum of 3 ECTS (European study credits);
- Certificate of attendance after completing the course;
- Individual/group guidance from professor;
- Interactive classes;
- Full support from the summer school team;
- For on-campus courses: airport pick-up and welcome activities.


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

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