2019MOFCOM Master Program in International Law and Chinese Law
1. Program Introduction
Starting from 2008, academic Education Programs sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China is designed to foster high-end business officials and managerial personnel for developing countries, offering one-year and two-year master programs as well as three-year doctoral programs for the purpose of educating high-end and inter-disciplinary talent working in the applied fields of government, trade, foreign affairs, agriculture, technology, education, culture and health, building intellectual capacity and facilitating the economic and social development of the recipient countries. These programs offer assistance to governmental officials, research fellows, and senior managerial personnel on their master and doctor education in China, which are fully conducted in English. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, relevant working experiences, and decent physical conditions, essential for the high-compact curriculum needed for the degrees. The graduates of these programs are now working in their specialties back in home and undertaking an increasingly significant role in the economic development cooperation between China and their home countries.
Since September 2015, Wuhan University has undertaken the master program in International Law and Chinese Law. Over 77 students have been admitted in this major, of which 39 students are studying in our university now. This program is designed for non-Chinese citizens. The purpose is to cultivate application-oriented foreign affairs talents who has a broad international horizon, good legal professional ethics, a systematic mastery of Chinese Law and relevant International Law and use English proficiently as a working language to offer legal service to foreign enterprises in China, overseas Sino-foreign joint ventures, state organs, enterprises and public institutions and foreign law firms. The program is also aimed at educating interdisciplinary specialists who are familiar with WTO rules, international treaties and common practice related to international economy, and acquire the ability of analysis, application and innovation of theory to work in state organs, enterprises, public institutions and social organizations.
As for the positive effects and good results brought by these programs in strengthening economic ties and friendship between China and the recipient countries, the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China will continuously intensify its efforts in enlarging the enrollment scale and improving the quality of education. We believe that by attending the programs and achieving the degrees, you will embrace a successful career and brighter future.
Our prospective students are mid-to-senior level officials or managers from the government, the media, NGOs, and other public sectors, who have demonstrated superior performance, both academically and in their work. By the time of matriculation, each must have obtained an undergraduate bachelor's degree in the case of our master program.
The program is to, in advanced theory and application, prepare professional and versatile talents who can be independently engaged in research and teaching of International Law, master the basics of law systematically and expertise of International Law and Chinese Law deeply and comprehensively and specialize in some fields of International Law.
4. Admission Plan
In 2019, we have planned to enroll up to 30 students in our master program, for Intentional Law and Chinese Law major. Study period is two years. The teaching language is English.
5. Financial Aid
Ministry of Commerce of P.R.C. will provide "Chinese Government Scholarships" to admitted students from developing countries. These scholarships cover tuition、management、basic living expenses and round-trip international airfare for the students. Students are exempt from tuition fees, accommodation fees, teaching material fees, research and investigation fees, English teaching subsidy, graduation thesis guidance fees. They also include comprehensive medical insurance, which is purchased by the university for students. In terms of living expenses, it is 36000RMB/year for the master program. There is also a one-off settlement allowance of 3000RMB/person. Other expenses shall be administered and used by the Ministry of Commerce or the university, and shall not be distributed to the students. The Ministry of Commerce only provides students with financial support within the schooling year, which is stated in the admission notice, and students will not receive further funding for deferment.
Round-trip international airfare means one round-trip international airfare and “n-1” round-trip international airfares for home visits for all the students (First time fly to China after enrollment, and fly back to home country while graduation）, and a maximum of “n-1” “n” is for the length of schooling year which is set while the student was enrolled by the program）round-trip international airfares for home visits （one time per year set at the end of an academic year）.
If a student expects to have his/her spouse, children, relatives or friends to visit him/her during the stay in Wuhan, the visitor will have to bear all the expenses by him/herself.
（二）. University Introduction
1. About Wuhan University
Wuhan University is a key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. It is located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province. The university features spectacular natural surroundings with the scenic Luojia Hill in it and the beautiful East Lake by its side. The University dates back to Ziqiang Institute, which was founded in 1893 by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty after the Qing Government approved his memorial to the throne. Later, its name changed for several times before it was named National Wuhan University in July 1928. By the end of 1946, the university had six colleges, i.e., the colleges of liberal arts, law, sciences, engineering, agriculture and medicine. Wuhan University had a glorious innovative tradition and enjoyed a very high academic prestige.
With the approval of the State Council of China, new Wuhan University was founded on August 2nd, 2000 with amalgamation of four first-rate universities original Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electrical Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, and Hubei Medical University. At present, Wuhan University has 34 schools in 6 faculties and 5 first-rate disciplines, 6 National Key Disciplines, 29 second-rate disciplines including 17 national key second-rate disciplines, covering 12 areas, namely philosophy, Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Management and Art, with 122 bachelor degree programs, 59 master degree programs and 44 doctoral degree programs for first-rate discipline. There are 17 programs fully delivered in English.
The University now has more than 50,000 students, including over 26,000 graduates and 2537 international students. The teaching staff consists of more than 3,700 teachers, including 2,700 or so professors and associate professors, 11 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 3 academicians of the international Eurasian Academy of Sciences, 10 well-known senior scholars of arts and social sciences, and 22 lead scientists of the National 973 Project, 6 domain experts of the National 863 Project, 5 national creation and research teams, 43 gainers of the National Excellent Young Scientists Fund, 15 nationally outstanding teachers.
There are numbers of large well-equipped teaching buildings, laboratories, gymnasiums, sports grounds, swimming pools, archive buildings and a specimen building. It has 5 state-level key laboratories, 2 national research centers of engineering, 7 national research centers for humanities and social sciences, 10 national bases for basic science talent development, 1 national education base for cultural development of university students.
During the last ten years the university has established relations of academic cooperation and exchanges with over 415 universities, colleges and scientific research institutions in more than 45 countries and regions.
2. Law School of Wuhan University
Wuhan University legal science has a long history which can be traced back to Hubei Legal School established in 1908. After the Revolution of 1911, the School renamed to Hubei Public Law School. In 1926, Wuchang Sun Yat-Sen University was founded and finally it was reorganized to Wuhan National University in 1928, and the Law School is always one of the important departments. At that time, a large number of famous jurists such as Yan Shutang, Wang Shijie, Pi Zongshi, Zhou Gengsheng, Mei Ru’ao successively worked here, the Law School enjoyed its reputation at home and abroad. After the recovery of Law Faculty in 1979 and the establishment of Law School in 1986, several famous jurists successively served as the dean of Law Faculty and Law School, such as the famous jurist Professor Han Depei, the famous penologist Professor Ma Kechang, the well-known civil and commercial law expert Professor Ma Junju, the well-known international law expert Professor Yu Jinsong and Professor Zeng Lingliang, and the current dean is the well-known economic law expert Professor Feng Guo. After 30 years reconversion and development, the Law School has become a national center of legal education and research in China.
3. Campus Environment
Wuhan University is located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, in the middle of P. R. China with convenient transportation. Wuhan has four distinct seasons in mid-latitudes zone. The mean temperature of Wuhan is 17.1℃, among which the highest temperature is 29.1℃ in July and the lowest is 4℃ in January. Wuhan University features spectacular natural surroundings with the scenic Luojia Hill in it and the beautiful East Lake by its side. It is reputated as one of the most beautiful universities in China. It has convenient living condition with high-level facilities. The canteens in each division of the university offers quality catering service to more than fifty thousand teachers and students and have special Muslims' dishes. In the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences of Wuhan University, there are standard single rooms and a flat with four single rooms for foreign students’ dormitories. Those rooms are equipped with air-conditioners, showers, washrooms and shared kitchens. An entrance guard system is installed in the dormitory buildings. Students can enter or leave the building by swiping their student cards. Cable internet and Wifi are availble on campus.
（三）. Academic Project
1. Curriculum (in the below table) and credits
Total credits for the semester must meet 36 points, among which course credits should amount to 26 points and academic dissertation 10 points.
(1) Degree Course：15 points
① Fundamental Compulsory Course:5 points, Chinese Language Comprehension of 36 hours and 2 points, and Introduction to China of 36 hours and 3 points included.
② Major Compulsory Course should be no less than 10 points.
(2) Elective Course: 10 points
Total credits should be no less than 36 points (including academic dissertation of 10 points).
a. Introduction to Chinese Law and Society: to introduce the basic Law System of China and the situation of China Society.
b. Global Governance and International Rule of Law: to learn the basic theories of international Law, to know the international rule of law under the global governance circumstance。
c. International Trade Law: WTO Laws; Regional Trade Agreement; Comparative Foreign Trade Law; Chinese Foreign Trade Law; and International Commercial Law
d. International Law of Treaty: Historical Development of International Law of Treaty; Categories and Characteristics of the Current Treaties; Status and Function of treaty; Conclusion and entry of effect of treaty; Reservation of Treaty; Responsibility for Breach of Contract and Settlement of Disputes
e. International Arbitration and Civil Procedure: the International Civil and Commercial Dispute Resolution Methods, including theory and practice of the International civil dispute lawsuit system, and of international commercial arbitration system; ADR (alternative Disputes Reservation, etc.
f. International Environmental Law: Principle, Regulation and System of the International Environmental Problems.
a. International Intellectual Property Law: International Law Protection of the Intellectual Property
b. Chinese Contract law：to introduce the structure of Chinese Contract Law and other relevant laws and regulations.
c. International Organization Law：Theory and Practice of the International Organization Law; Interaction of the International Organization and International Law; the Articles, Structure, Functions and Powers and Activity Programs of the International Organization; the United National Laws; International Economic Law; Regional International Organization Law; Specialized Organization Law and International Administrative Law; Relations between China and the International Organization; WTO Laws; EU Laws.
d. International Law and the Sea, the Outer Space, the Antarctic: The historical Development of Sea Laws; Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone System; Adjacent Sea and Region System; High Seas System;
e. International Investment and Financial Law: Chinese Investment Law, Comparative Investment Law and some Private Overseas Investment International Laws. Legal System of International financial transactions, international financial regulation;
Timetable：in the below table
Curriculum Schedule of Chinese Law and International Law
Course Name in Chinese
Course Name in English
Comprehensive Chinese Language
Outline of China
Introduction to Chinese Law and Society
Global Governance and International Rule of Law
International Trade Law
International Law of Treaty
International Arbitration and Civil Procedure
International Environmental Law
International Intellectual Property Law
International Organization Law
International Law and the Sea, the Outer Space, the Antarctic
International Investment and Financial Law
Staff structure: Teachers are mainly composed by professors and associate professors from Institute of International Law of Wuhan University who have background of studying abroad and excellent English skills.
2. Teaching Methods
Course instruction is the main method, and international law courses will adopt lectures, workshops and other methods, emphasize on case teaching and encourage students to actively participate in classroom teaching. Assessment methods of compulsory courses include examination and appraisal. Appraisal is aimed to supervise and urge students to participate in course learning actively and focuses on testing students’ ability and method of using their existing theory and background knowledge to analyze, judge and resolve practical problems, and its forms may be versatile. Examination can adopt book-close examination and thesis or other forms, testing students’ abilities to understand and use their learned theoretical knowledge systematically and their abilities to conduct independent research. Both methods are chosen by teachers.
3. Semester arrangement
Course Schedule of LL.M. Program on Chinese Law and International Law
Registration of Students
2019.09.01 – 2019.09.17
Opening Ceremony and Activities for New Students (to know about the campus, their study and living environment)
2019.09.18 – 2020.01.31
Courses in Term 1
l Introduction to Chinese Law and Society
l Global Governance and International Rule of Law International Trade Law
l Comprehensive Chinese
l Introduction to China
An hour’s Chinese Language Learning per day
2020.02.01 – 2021.03.14
2020.03.15 – 2020.06.29
Courses in Term 2
l International Law of Treaty
l International Intellectual Property Law
l Contract Law
l International Organization Law
l International Law and the Sea, the Outer Space, the Arctic & the Antarctic
An hour’s Chinese Language Learning per day
2020.09.01 – 2021.01.31
Courses in Term 3
l International Arbitration and Civil Procedure
l International Environmental Law
l International Investment and Financial Law
2021.02.01 – 2021.03.14
Winter Holidays and Completion of Thesis
2021.03.15 – 2021.06.29
Completion of Thesis and Oral Defense
Graduation Ceremony and Leaving School
4. Degree thesis
Topics of degree thesis should locate in frontier issues with great theoretical and practical significance in the field of international law, or carry on comparative study of their own country’s or China’s legal system, which focus on reflecting students’ ability to analyze complicated legal problems in international community with integrated use of theory and knowledge. Mentor groups determine a specific mentor to guide students according to his or her topic.
Degree thesis should be reviewed by three experts with senior professional titles of associate professor or above.
5. Degree awarded
Students whose degree exams and elective exams are all qualified and passed the dissertation defense can be granted master’s degree of law.
二 . Application
Applicants should be non-Chinese nationality and in good health. Applicants should come from developing countries and should be government officials at middle or senior level, or researchers or administrators of academic institutions at middle or senior level. Applicants who apply for a master degree program should be under 35 years old and have a bachelor’s degree.
（二）. Application Procedures
1. How to Application
(1) Application Online.
Register and apply online in CSC at http://laihua.csc.edu.cn. Choose type B of scholarship program in the CSC system. Wuhan university code is 10486. Submit online the completed “Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship”, download and print the completed application form.
At the same time register and apply online in Wuhan University at http://admission.whu.edu.cn for record, then submit online the completed “Application Form for International Scholars and Students of Wuhan University”, download and print the completed application form.
A . Application forms should be signed after print.
B. Application forms should be pasted with required photo after print.
C. Type should be Chinese Government Scholarship program B.
D. For the Master program, Discipline is “International Law”.
2. Materials Required
(1) Application form for Chinese Government Scholarship.
(2) Application Form for International Scholars and Students of Wuhan University.
(3) Recommendation letter by a superior in the institution where the applicant works.
(4) Recommendation letters by a professor who knows the applicant research abilities well.
(5) An original copy and a photocopy need to be prepared for each degree.
(6) Transcripts must list all courses taken and all scores obtained.
（8）Personal statement must be written in English and be some 1000 words in length. It shall cover such essential elements as applicant’s academic background, work experience, achievements.
（9）Future research plan can be written in Chinese or English. It shall entail the applicant’s study and research goals.
（10）Personal passport with a minimum of one year before its expiration: photocopy of passport photo page. Do not use diplomatic or official passport.
（11）Applicants who are not native English speakers or whose undergraduate education was not conducted in English shall provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores. TOEFL requires 80, IELTS requires 5.5. For those who could not offer the above mentioned standard English test results, additional oral or written English test organized by Wuhan University will be required to participate in.
(12) Two recent, 2-inch, white photos.
(13）The health form shall be issued within one month before the submission of application, showing that the applicant carries no infectious diseases which may have a serious impact on public health or fall into any of the health situations prohibited by China’s Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations. Photocopy of Foreigner Physical Examination Form, which can be downloaded at http://admission.whu.edu.cn/en/?c=content&a=list&catid=81.Students with severe illnesses or expectant mothers are not allowed to study in China, including those who have serious hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers or other serious chronic diseases, neurogenic diseases, infectious diseases and serious disability, and those who have just recovered from major surgeries, or in the acute phase of illness.
（1）Submit all the application materials in both hard copy and scanned copy to the Economic and Commercial Counselor Office of Chinese Embassy. Hard copy must include both the original copy and the photocopy, as indicated in the above-mentioned materials. For emails and addresses of the Economic and Commercial Counselor Offices, please visit http://www.china-aibo.cn.
（2）Submit a written request to the Economic and Commercial Counselor Office of Chinese Embassy for an official recommendation letter and clearly state:
A. Whether the applicant is willing to be considered for a similar program at other universities if the program at WHU are already full.
B. Other special requests if any.
A. All the documents to be submitted should be in Chinese or English. Otherwise, a notarized copy in Chinese or English is required.
B. An original copy of degrees, transcripts and language certificates must be presented for on-site verification.
C. Applicants will get back all the hard-copy materials, both original copies and photocopies from the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office. Then the applicants should e-mail all the scanned application documents to Ms. Yuan for verification in Wuhan University. If admitted, they must take the documents to China and submit them to the School of international Education of Wuhan University during registration in early September.
D. None of the materials submitted to the School of international Education of Wuhan University will be returned. For important documents such as degrees and transcripts, a stamped copy issued by the institution where the applicant received his/her degrees will be accepted as a replacement of the original copy. In this case, the original copy must be presented for on-site verification.
4.Registration Period For New Admitted Students
Beginning of September, 2019, The exact date will be specified in the admission notice.
The application deadline for the master program is June 29, 2019.
Address: Admission office of School of International Education, Wuhan University, Hubei Province, P.R.China
Contact Person: Ms. YUAN
（二）. Important Statements:
All the documents will not be returned after submission no matter the result.
1. Chinese Government would not do explanation to the results deliberately.
2. No Funds cover for relatives’ visiting procedures.
3. Admission documents will give guideline for visa procedures.