Centre for Common Law

The Centre for Common Law, established in September 2014, is a cooperative joint venture between the Great Britain-China Centre, the University of Oxford’s Law Faculty, and Renmin Law School – China’s leading university law school. The Centre was established to promote the values and principles of Common Law in China, to support collaborative research, and to serve as a platform to deepen and strengthen legal and judicial contacts between the UK and China.

As Chinese companies invest abroad in larger numbers, the demand for well-trained lawyers is increasing, and Chinese interest in common law legal systems is growing in line with this. The UK’s reputation for the fairness and justice of our legal and judicial system is unrivalled, and the Centre for Common Law was established to capitalise on this major opportunity for the UK.

The Centre for Common Law Academic Advisory Council is led by joint Presidents Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, former President of the UK Supreme Court, and Mr Xiao Yang, former President of the Chinese Supreme Court.

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Academic Advisory Council

The Academic Advisory Council provides the Centre for Common Law with strategic advice. It has ten members, split equally between the British and Chinese sides, and chosen for their deep knowledge and their eminence within the legal systems...

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Lady Hale Visit CCL 2015 (3)


Since 2014, GBCC and the CCL have partnered on a number of projects covering a broad range of topics, including the legal services market in China, improving the transparency of the legislature and judiciary, the 800th anniversary of the...

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FTZ Policy at CCL


The CCL also exists as a platform for international conferences and workshops, involving not only legal scholars but also Chinese policy-makers and government experts, on subjects such as improving legislative and judicial transparency, the...

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