Dean of the Faculty of Law, Timothy Endicott, and Ellen Moilanen, Courses and Exchanges Administrator, have returned from a successful visit to China. The trip was an opportunity to further develop the Faculty’s academic links with China and to meet with alumni and benefactors living and working in Beijing.

A highlight of the week was the Alumni Dinner at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Beijing. The event was hosted by the Oxford China Office and was the first in a series of lectures entitled “Oxford Academics in China.”  Our alumni joined Professor Endicott, Jeremy Woodall (Director of the Oxford China Office), Ellen Moilanen and Nick Barber (Senior Law Fellow at Trinity College), for dinner. In his speech, the Dean discussed the developing role of judges in reconciling public interests and private interests under the European Convention on Human Rights.

As part of the Faculty’s strategy to develop stronger relationships with the academic community in China, the Dean visited four leading Law Schools in Beijing:  Peking University Law School, the Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Renmin University of China Law School, and the School of Law, Tsinghua University. Each visit was an opportunity to discuss ways of strengthening connections between the Faculty of Law at Oxford and its counterparts in China, including arrangements for student exchanges and collaboration between law schools. At two events, hosted by Renmin and Tsinghua universities, the Dean gave lectures on the theme “A Crisis in Human Rights Adjudication in Europe.”

The Dean also attended the Second Joint Conference of Sino-EU Law School Deans, organised by Renmin University. The title of the conference was ‘100 Years of Legal Education Exchange between China and Europe: A view of Past, Present and Future’. Law School Deans from Lapland to Vladivostock participated in the event, along with representatives of 19 Chinese universities. The conference addressed the developing internationalisation of legal education, and the potential for cooperation between European and Chinese universities.