Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

I. Historical Evolution

The Institute of International Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is an important research centre of international law in China. Its predecessor, originally, is the Research Group of International Law and the Research Department of International Law of the Institute of Law, CASS, and then the Centre for International Law of CASS.

 

the Institute of International Law

In 1959, the year following the establishment of the Institute of Law under the Division of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Research Group of International Lawwas established under the CASS Institute of Law. In May 1977, with the approval of theCentral Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) was formally established on the basis of the Division of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In September 1978, the Research Group of International Law of CASS Institute of Law was restructured to form the Research Department of International Law. In October 2002, the Centrefor International Law was established on the basis of the Research Department of International Law with the approval of the Chinese government as an independent research institution directly under CASS, in parallel with the Institute of Law. In September 2009, with the approval of the Chinese government, the Centre for International Law was renamed the Institute of International Law, andProfessorChen Zexian served as the first director of the Institute. From September 2017 to November 2018, Professor Chen Su, the director of Institute of Law, served as the acting director of the Institute of International Law. In November 2018, Professor Mo Jihong became the director of the Institute of International Law.

 

II.Overview of Structure and Staff

The Institute of International Law has four research departments, one editorial office and one administrative department, i.e., the research departments of public international law, private international law, international economic law and international human rights law, respectively, the editorial office of Chinese Review of International Law, and the department of research administration. The Chinese Review of International Law, inaugurated in 2014, is the first original Chinese periodical of international law in China with an official registration number for publications. The Institute of International Law is responsible for its editorial work, and the Social SciencesAcademic Press for its publication. The Institute of International Law has also established the Research Centrefor Competition Law, the Research Centre for International Criminal Law, and the "Belt and Road" Judicial Research Base in cooperation with the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC). The Institute of International Law has master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral programs in the fields of public international law, private international law, international economic law and international human rights law, respectively.

The Institute of International Law currently has 35 full time staff members, including 9 research fellows (equivalent to full professor), 10 associate research fellows (equivalent to associate professor), amongst which 4research fellows are qualified to supervise doctoral program and 14 research fellows / associate research fellows are qualified to supervise master’sprogram.

The researchers of the Institute of International Law have a high reputation and wide influence both at home and abroad. At the international level, Prof. Mo Jihong is the(Lifetime) Honorary President of the International Association of Constitutional Law;Prof. Liu Nanlai is an arbitrator of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; Prof. Chen Zexian is the Vice President of the Society of International Criminal Law; Prof. Liu Huawen is a member of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law and theCo-director of the Cross-cultural Human Rights Centre in the Netherlands; Prof. Sun Shiyan is a member of the editorial boards of the International Review of the Red Cross and the Chinese Journal of International Law; Associate Professor Wang Hanling served as a consultant to the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the United Nations Legal Office, and as a special arbitration expert for international fisheries for many years.

At the national level, Prof. Mo Jihong was awarded the honorary title as one of the “National Top Ten Outstanding Young Jurists” by China Law Society; selected for the“National Talents Project” and awarded the honorary title asone of the “Young and Middle-aged Experts with Outstanding Contributions” by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, as one of the "Cultural Masters”in the “Four Batches of Talents Project" and asone of the fourth batch of "Philosophy and Social Science Leaders” for the “National Ten Thousand Talents Plan" by the Central Propaganda Department; he is also amember of the Academic Committee of China Law Society, a member of the Supreme People's Procuratorate Expert Advisory Committee, the Executive Vice President of the Chinese Association of Constitutional Law, and the President of the Association of Legislative Studies of the Beijing Law Society. Prof. Liu Nanlai, an honorary CASS academician, has been a consultant to the first, second and third International Law Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prof. Liu Huawen has been a member of the second and third International Law Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; his is also the Vice President of the Beijing Society of International Law, the Vice President of the Soft Law Research Society of the Chinese Society of Behavioral Law, theeditor-in-chief of the Chinese Yearbook of International Law,which is published by the China Society of International Law, and an adviser on the construction of the rule of law to the Government of Yunnan Province.Prof. Liu Jingdong is the Vice President of WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society, a member of the "Reporting Group of 100 Jurists" of China Law Society, a deputy division chief of No.4 Civil Division of the Supreme People’s Court from 2015 to 2017, a special consultanttothe Supreme People’s Court and a member of the first International Commercial Expert Committee of SPC. Professor Liao Fan is the Deputy Head of the Committee of International Financial Law of the China Society of International Economic and Trade Law, a member of the Expert Group for the Adjudication of Foreign-related Commercial and Maritime Cases of the Supreme People's Court, and a special observer of the Xinhua News Agency.Associate Research Fellow ZhangWenguang was appointed by the Supreme People’s Court as an expert (of the First Batch) onforeign-related commercialand maritime trials in 2015, and a special advisor to the Shanghai International Maritime Judicial Base of the Supreme People’s Court in 2018. Furthermore, Profs. Mo Jihong, Liu Nanlai, Wang Keju, Tao Zhenghua, Shen Juan and Liu Huawen have been the recipients of the Special Government Allowance from the State Council.

III.Prospects

Taking the 10th anniversary of its official establishment as an opportunity, the Institute will continue to strengthen the construction of think tanks, focus on innovation, improve performance appraisal, strive to build a world-oriented academic platform, and continue to recruit high-level talents at home and abroad. The Institute will make every effort to launch a series of high-quality academic works reflecting the research level of contemporary international law, consolidate the academic foundation and capacity building of the Institute as the national team of international law research, constantly expand its academic influence at home and abroad, and strive to enhance the discourse power of the research results of China's international law theory in the world. The Institute will continue to closely follow the latest developments in international law, reflect uponnew problems and trends in international law practice, and provide an important platform for the exchange of international law theory and practice between China and the international community. The Instituteis willing to work tirelessly with all colleagues engaged in the research, teaching and practice of international law in order to promote the cause of international law in China and the process of building the socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics.