Call for Abstracts – Oxford Chinese Law Discussion Group Conference for Junior Researchers

The Chinese Law Discussion Group (CLDG) at the University of Oxford is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts/proposals of papers to be presented at its 2024 Conference for Junior Researchers, scheduled on 31 May to 1 June 2024. As a discussion group affiliated with the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, the CLDG explores a full range of issues with respect to the intersection/comparison of Chinese, civil, and common law and legal traditions as well as international law issues relating to China. The upcoming conference of 2024 seeks to offer junior researchers, particularly those currently based in Europe, a valuable opportunity to showcase their recent research works and receive feedback from peers and more senior scholars, fostering academic growth and networking within this vibrant community.

The conference welcomes submissions on any legal issues related to China, including but not limited to the following:

•    Recent developments in China’s judicial reform

•    China and the risk society

•    Law and Society in China

•    China and the post-pandemic era

•    Administrative law and regulatory practices in China

•    The Chinese Civil Code and relevant Issues

•    Chinese and comparative corporate and securities law

•    Technology, business and human rights

•    The regulation of AI and emerging technologies in China

•    China and climate change

•    China’s domestic legal regime on foreign relations

•    China and judicial settlement of international disputes

•    China and international law making


Postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, teaching fellows, and early career researchers who are not tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply. We recognize the significance of interdisciplinary perspectives and warmly welcome applicants from diverse fields, including law, social science, and beyond.

Submission and Selection

All abstracts/proposals shall be submitted to by 1 April 2024. Submissions will be evaluated based on their quality, relevance to the conference theme, and potential for scholarly contribution. Notification of acceptance will be sent to all applicants by 15 April 2024. Selected applicants will be invited to present their works at the Conference and receive comments from a panel of esteemed senior researchers. While submission of finalised papers is welcomed, it is not a requirement for participation.

All submissions must include (1) an abstract of up to 300 words and (2) the author’s CV (of no more than 2 pages). Both documents should be written in English and submitted in PDF format.

Logistical Information

The conference will be held in-person on 31 May to 1 June 2024 at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, but online participation will also be available for those who are unable to travel to Oxford. Participants will be responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation. The organisers will provide light lunches and tea breaks.

Contact Information

For any enquiries, please contact us at

Conference organizers:

Xiaohan Zhang, MPhil Law Student, University of Oxford

Yang Qiu, DPhil Law Student, University of Oxford

Yue Cao, DPhil Law Student, University of Oxford

Click here for the PDF version of the Call for Abstracts. For participants who wish to attend the conference but DO NOT wish to present, please register here.