International Law in English

Doctor-Program
Duration 2 years
Starting Date September
Tuition Fee / Year ¥87,000 (RMB)
Teaching Language English

Program Infomation

1. The Program

The program is formally known as PhD in International Law, majoring in International and Comparative Law. The program welcomes research proposals in a wide range of research areas, such as international law, comparative law, commercial law, human rights law, maritime law, law of WTO, law of the seas, international environmental law, and etc.

2. Purpose

The purpose of the program is to provide advanced academic trainings to candidates who feel more comfortable in using English as a medium of study. To promote advanced and high leveled legal exchange and co-operation between CUPL and foreign students or academics is also one of the major concerns of the program.

3. Curriculum and Credits Awarded

A PhD candidate must obtain a minimum of 16 credits to fulfill the requirements for the award of the PhD degree. A candidate may obtain credits by attending designated courses and writing research papers as directed by his/her supervisor. The courses offered to PhD students are set out as follows:

Introduction to Chinese Law(compulsory) 2 credits 36contact hours
Legal Research and Writing 2 credits 36contact hours
Selected Issues of Public International Law 2 credits 36contact hours
Selected Issues of Private International Law 2 credits 36contact hours
Selected Issues of International Economic Law 2 credits 36contact hours

One special course as designated or offered by supervisor, each course may carry 2-3 credits depending on actual contact hours (36 or 54 contact hours).


Besides the compulsory course of Introduction to Chinese Law, the supervisor of a PhD candidate shall direct the candidate to take any of the courses offered in the LLM program as she/he deems necessary for the completion of the proposed PhD research. The supervisor may also decide to offer a special course relating to the area of research as proposed by the candidate. Each PhD candidate must submit at least two study reports and two annual research papers during the term of his/her candidacy. Each of such report or paper is worth 1 credit. A candidate must obtain a minimum of 16 credits by attending taught courses and writing study reports and annual research papers to be qualified for the submission of his/her PhD dissertation.

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