From July 2010, The Netherlands China Law Centre will offer teaching and research on Chinese law and regulations at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). It is the first research centre in the Netherlands to specialise in Chinese law and the only centre worldwide that specialises in regulatory issues in China.
The emergence of China as a global superpower necessitates a better understanding of the development and functioning of Chinese law and regulations in both theory and practice. The teaching and research at the centre will focus on how law can contribute to corporate social responsibility in an authoritarian and rapidly developing country such as China. Major topics covered will include: environmental regulation, working conditions, food safety, land use and intellectual property. The example of China will further contribute to theorising about market regulation, regulatory compliance, maintenance of law and order and the role of emergent law.
The research, funded in part by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), will be conducted in cooperation with partners in London, Oxford, Hong Kong, Beijing and Berkeley. The centre comprises ten researchers and is headed by Benjamin van Rooij, professor of Chinese law and regulation. For more information see the link below.