SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Researching Chinese Legal History in Europe: The State of the Field

Various Speakers

Date: 4 June 2015Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 5 June 2015Time: 1:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Workshop

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

For centuries, scholars based in Europe have examined China’s past in an attempt to understand the various processes influencing the development and evolution of Chinese legal tradition(s). This line of research continues in Europe today, yet given the diversity of institutions and disciplines in which researchers work, as well as the field-specific publications in which they publish, the current state of the field of Chinese legal studies in Europe remains under specified.  What questions are scholars seeking to answer?  Which methods and theories are being employed to examine historical phenomena in China’s legal past?  What source material is available for scholars and students, and at which institutions?  What is the future of Chinese legal history in Europe?  This workshop seeks to answer some of these questions by bringing together several scholars from various European institutions, who are actively engaged in the study of China’s legal past.  Through presentations of current work and roundtable discussions, we hope to establish a community of scholars actively engaging China’s legal past, and also to map out future avenues of research and multi-institutional collaboration.



  • Jennifer Altehenger (Kings College London)
  • Ernest Caldwell (SOAS, University of London)
  • Frederic Constant (Paris X Nanterre University)
  • Rogier Creemers (University of Oxford)
  • Rogier Greatrex (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Fernanda Pirie (University of Oxford)
  • Cecile Wang (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) 



Organiser: Co-organised by the SOAS China Institute and SOAS School of Law

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