About Nanjing University School of Law
Release time: 2023-05-17

Nanjing University is a key comprehensive university directly administrated by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Situated in the beautiful city of Nanjing, Nanjing University is a century-old school with  a long history and high reputation. Its precursor was the Sanjiang Normal School established in 1902. In later years, it went through the periods of Liangjiang Normal School, Nanjing Higher Normal School, National Southeast University, the Fourth Sun Yat-sen University, National Central University, and National Nanjing University. In 1950, it was renamed Nanjing University. During the national college restructuring in 1952, Nanjing University restructured subjects such as engineering, agriculture, and teaching training. It later merged with with the College of Art and College of Science of Jinling University, which was established in 1888, and retained the name of Nanjing University. Currently, Nanjing University has four campuses, including Xianlin, Gulou, Pukou, and Suzhou. It is one of the first universities to be selected for the construction of the “211 Project” and “985 Project”. It is also one of the first-tier universities in China, having widely acknowledged social impacts and academic reputations.

The precursor of Law School of Nanjing University was the National Central University Law School, which was one of the seven schools(arts, law, teaching, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine) at that university. After the national college restructuring in 1952, departments of law and the education of law were once suspended. After 1978, China began to emphasize the construction of the legal system as well as the education of law. In 1981, the Nanjing University Department of Law was reestablished and began matriculation. In 1994, the Department of Law was renamed Law School.

Nanjing University has educated many highly professional personnel with excellent academic abilities and moral qualities. They have played significant roles in the development of politics, economics, law, culture, technology, and other different aspects of the Chinese society. Law School and its precursors have also cultivated many merit teachers and students. For instance, Zhou Gengsheng, the constitution-establishing expert hired by the government in the Republic of China period, and Qian Duansheng, the founder of modern Chinese politics as well as a politics expert, were professors in the Department of Politics in the Law School of National Central University. Other figures such as Wang Tieya, a brilliant scholar of international law; Zhao Lihai, a famous international law scholar; Han Depei, the renowned scholar of China private international law, have all been teaching or educated in the former National Central University Law School.

Law School of Nanjing University has one undergraduate major. It also has nine master majors including legal theories, legal history, constitution and administrative law, criminal law, civil and commercial law, litigation law, economic law, environment and environmental protection law, and international law. Now it has a first-level doctoral and master program, a Ph.D. research station, and a Europe-oriented Chinese law master program. It is one of the first extraordinary legal personnel education bases and a national first-class undergraduate major construction institute,which ranks in the first class, both domestically and abroad, in the assessment by the Ministry of Education and in international rankings. It has an excellent academic reputation at home and abroad.

Law School of Nanjing University has reasonable discipline arrangements. Different subordinate disciplines compete and complement each other, displaying a positive trend of balanced development. Thanks to the nourishment of the spirit of the law and the influence of scholars on each other, the advantages and characteristics of several disciplines take shape naturally. Legal hermeneutics research prospers and forms two major research focuses: systematic hermeneutics of law and case-based hermeneutics of law. The former emphasizes the study of fundamental theories and focuses on the connection between articles and systems, the achievements of which are reflected in disciplines such as civil law, criminal law, and civil litigation law. The latter emphasizes the study of case categories and individual cases and focuses on the deep connection between theories and practices, law and policies, the representative achievements of which are mostly reflected in disciplines such as economic law and administrative law. Meanwhile, the study of comparative law is well-known at home and abroad. Since the 1980s, the Nanjing University-University of Göttingen Sino-German Institute of Law and Nanjing University-Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies have become the two pillars of comparative law study at Nanjing University. The academic achievements of the Sino-German Institute of Law mainly concentrate on the study of comparative law of civil law and economic law between China and Germany. In recent years, the institute extends its research direction to the comparative law study of public laws between China and Germany such as criminal law and administrative law. The Center for Chinese and American Studies takes the leading role in the comparative study of the constitutional systems and political systems between China and America. The study of economic regulation law is both comprehensive and coherent. It is a national and Jiangsu provincial key discipline, the findings of which have covered almost all aspects of economic regulations, achieving a coherent research system of domestic economic regulation, foreign-related economic regulation, and international economic regulation. A large number of results not only deepen the study of concrete regulation systems but also make a significant contribution to the methodology and systematic construction of regulation. The study of international law has made plentiful achievements based on rich knowledge accumulation. The international law study at Nanjing University has a long history and has provided many experts to society. Currently,the international law study has a complete range of different disciplines and a well-structured professional team, providing significant research results. There are nationally renowned professors taking the lead in the research directions of international law, private international law, and international economic law. The international law study of Nanjing University is known for its rich academic production and social contribution among all the national comprehensive universities.

Law School of Nanjing University establishes 11 research institutes, including the Sino-German Institute of Economic Law, the Institute of Economic Law, the Institute of Crime Prevention and Control, the Institute of Private Law, the Research Center for Codex Commentary, the Research Center for Chinese Legal Cases, the Research Center for Housing Policy and Real Estate Law, the Zijin Research Center of Intellectual Property Rights, the Research Center of Commercial Law, etc. Nanjing University Law Journal(formerly Nanjing University Law Review), Sino-German Legal Forum(formerly the Annual Journal of Sino-German Institute of Economic Law), and Case Review, all of them are edited and published by the Law School, have made a great influence to the academia. Since 1981, the Law School has published over three hundred monographs and textbooks and thousands of theses in major journals at home and abroad. These results have received numerous national and provincial rewards.

Law School of Nanjing University has 68 faculty members, 57 of whom are full-time teachers, including 30 professors and 27 associate professors; 9 of whom are full-time researchers. The Law School centers on the goal of “providing the best undergraduate education in China” and takes moral education and cultivation as the core. The school pushes forward the “melting pot project”, aiming to educate extraordinary legal professionals who have firm political standpoints, rich moral and legal cultivation, solid theoretical knowledge, rich experience in practices, Chinese perspectives, and international visions. Both the undergraduates and postgraduates of Nanjing University Law School rank among the top in China. Over 50% of postgraduates come from recommendations, and 85% of postgraduates come from the “Double First-Class” universities.  

Law School of Nanjing University carries out the study style of “rigorous, practical, diligent, and innovative” of Nanjing University. It seeks to promote innovative development from three dimensions: “academic originality, methods transformation, and services for the country”, making contributions to the establishment of a new-era legal discipline system, academic system, and discourse system with Chinese characteristics, Chinese styles, and Chinese inclusiveness. In the 5th round of assessment by the Ministry of Education, Nanjing University Law School keeps on striving, making further advances and achievements.