School of Law
Nankai University was founded in 1919, under the educational philosophy of "art to regulate the country, science to strengthen the country, and business to enrich the country." Since the university’s founding, an interdisciplinary combination of law, political science, and economics has been a priority for us.The law program was originally a part of the Political Economy Institute and the Law and Business Institute of Nankai University. From the 1920’s to the 1940’s, a host of celebrated scholars and jurists taught at Nankai University, such as Messrs. MEI Ru’ao, XU Mo, XIAO Gongquan, WANG Ganyu, and ZHANG Jinjian, to name only a few.
In 1980, the Law Department was created in Nankai University and first chaired by Professor PAN Tonglong. In 1985 the famous jurist, Professor LI Guangcan, joined the faculty of Nankai University and was instrumental in the founding of the Research Institute of Law where he served as the honorary Director and another noted jurist, Professor LV Shilun, was the Director. Nankai Professor GAO Erseng was among China’s pioneer scholars in international economic law. From 1985 onwards, he taught graduate students in this area of law, and in 1995 Nankai University established the Research Institute of International Economic Law under his direction.
In 1994,Nankai University established the School of Government and Law, which offered such majors as law, political science, and sociology. Nankai University School of Law was officially founded in May of 2004.
Nankai University School of Law now offers four programs in law: the LL.B. degree, the LL.M. degree, the Juris Master degree, and the Ph.D. degree in Law. The year of 2012 witnessed our designation as a Tianjin Key Discipline. Nankai Law School has established a national student extracurricular practice education base, a national outstanding legal talent education and training base. Nankai Law School is one of the primary supporting research units of the Nankai University Human Rights Research Center, a Key Humanities and Social Sciences Research Base under China’s Ministry of Education, and one unit of the “Project 985”of China’s key universities.
Currently, Nankai law school has 79 faculty and staff members, including 59 full-time faculty members. Our full-time faculty includes 21 professors (including 19 Ph.D. supervisors), 22 associate professors, and 16 assistant professors. The 56 faculty members who have Ph.D. degrees account for 95 percent of the entire faculty.
Within our faculty ranks are members of Country "Thousand Talents Program" Distinguished experts, Chief Expert of the Marxist Theory Research and Construction Project of China’s Ministry of Education, winners of Supported by Program for New Century Excellent Talents, winners of the Tianjin Municipal Five Groups Talent Award, Nankai University Distinguished Professor, Tianjin Municipal Outstanding Jurists, and Tianjin Municipal Outstanding Young Jurists.
The law school is well known for its broad strength in conducting research and producing influential scientific research. Our nine disciplines all have their own characteristics. Our overall strength in academic research places the law school among the leaders in China. We are quite advanced in international law and legal history, we are also leaders in research in several areas of Chinese law.
Zuo Haicong , Doctor of Law, Professor, Ph.D. Supervisor, Dean of Nankai Law School, Fulbright Research Scholar at Georgetown Law Center. He is also Chief Expert on "International Economic Law" of the Marxist Theory Research and Construction Project of China’s Ministry of Education, winner of the Program for New Century Excellent Talents, member of the Experts Committee on Guiding Cases of the Supreme People’s Court, member of the Experts Committee on the National Program for Cultivating Outstanding Legal Talents, Vice-President of Chinese Society of the Law of WTO, etc. His research fields include international economic law and international commercial law.
Hou Xinyi, Doctor of Law, Professor, Ph.D. Supervisor, Vice-Dean of Nankai Law School. Member of the National Committee of CPPCC, Member of Guiding Committee on Legal Education of the Ministry of Education, the Executive Chairman of China Legal History Society, etc. His research fields cover Chinese recent and modern legal history and Chinese traditional legal culture.