Message from the dean

    Shandong University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. The University was founded in 1901 and was the second national university to be established in the country, soon after Jingshi University (the Metropolitan University). In the history of over one hundred years of Shandong University, law has always been a prominent branch of learning. Modern legal education at Shandong University began in the early 1980’s. Shandong University Law Department, which was is the predecessor of the Law School today, was founded in 1983. The founders were represented by Qiao Wei, a distinguished exponent of jurisprudence, devoted themselves to the foundation and development of the Law Department. The Law Department was transformed into the Law School in March, 1994 and was first headed first by Xu Xianming and then by Liang Huixing.
    As a result of over twenty years of continuous effort of the faculty, great achievements have been made by Shandong University Law School in many respects such as scientific research, programme development, talent education, exchanges and cooperation with scholars and faculties, both home and abroad, as well as library and resource construction. At present, the Law School has in total 8 research institutions, such as the Institute of Legal Theory, Institute of Constitution and Administrative Laws, Institute of Civil, Commercial and Economic Laws, Institute of Criminal Law, Institute of International Law and so on. Conducting more than 50 research projects granted by national and provincial research funds which covering research areas including Chinese legal history, human rights, torts, legislative powers, the rule of law and administration, intellectual property rights. The research fellows of the Law School have published more than 650 papers on the core journals in the country which is considered valuable and well recognised. There are also more than 120 academic books and textbooks written by the Law School fellows and more than 20 papers accepted by the journals overseas. More than 60 research projects have granted national awards. At the present, there are 80 faculty members, 60 of whom are full-time teachers and 23 of whom are full professors, with 31 associate professors and among them, 33 owned PhD degree. In addition, many renowned law scholars and law practitioners from home and abroad are part-time professors of the Law School. A series of books such as ‘Jurisprudence Literature Database’, ‘Public Law Studies’, ‘Shandong Law School Wencong’, are compiled by the professors of the Law School together with ‘The Study on Human Rights’, ‘The Study on Folk Law’ and ‘The Legal Method’, are edited by the Law School and have gained extensive attention and praise in legal circles, both at home and abroad.
    There are currently more than 2000 students in the Law School, including over 1350 students pursing doctorates or masters degrees and over 780 undergraduates, including some overseas students. The students’ competence in theory and practice is being developed through scholarly research, professional practice and student activities. Every year, scores of excellent students are sent to famous law schools, both at home and abroad, in order to pursue their studies. The law school is making every effort to offer its students a rich and vigorous professional theoretical system, good competences in thinking and practice, good humane professional ethics and allows to be made progress in global consciousness, worldwide vision and international competition. Over the past twenty years, a large number of graduates from the Law School have been playing active roles in academic circles, educational circles, political circles and especially, in judicial circles. The Law School takes great pride in their outstanding achievements.
    Besides maintaining close relationships in terms of academic exchange and cooperation with other law schools, research institutions and government departments in China, the Law School places great stress on the internationalisation of academic research and teaching. The Law School maintains regular academic exchanges with more than 50 universities and research institutions, in more than 10 countries and regions such as the U.S.A., the E.U. countries, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of the faculty members have the experience of studying and researching abroad. Overseas exchange plays an important role in the cultivation of students and in the acknowledged appeal of this fine institution.
    The Law School is young compared to Shandong University, with its history of over one hundred years. It is, however, vigorous and creative. It is our deep conviction that the quality of legal education in a country is directly related to the quality of the legal system of the country and the former plays an instrumental role in molding the personalities of legal professionals and in the development of the legal, social culture. Nourished by the traditional spirits and culture of Shandong University, the Law School embraces the notion that places the students at the centre, the teachers as the principal players and views the systems as guaranteeing the necessary high quality of the administration of the school. We firmly believe that nobody should benefit outside of an unfair system, no one should prohibit others gaining from a fair system and no one could be prioritised from its own system. Let us bear the responsibility together to build our Law School, a respected Law School.