Meldungen aus dem Kompetenzzentrum China

We mourn the passing of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Münzel, who died on 10 July 2020 at the age of 83. The legal scholar and sinologist worked from 1969 to 2002 as an expert on East Asia at our Institute. With the establishment of the China Unit, he laid an important cornerstone for research on Chinese law in Germany. more

In a joint project, Knut Benjamin Pißler, head of the Centre of Expertise on China and Korea at the Max Planck Institute for Private Law, and Katja Levy (TU Berlin) examine for the first time the situation of charitable foundations in China, exploring in particular their role in China’s authoritarian system. The findings of this study have been published in a work titled “Charity with Chinese Characteristics”. more

In China, it has since 2017 been possible to conduct certain court procedures entirely online. The filing of a claim as well as service of the claim on the opposing party is done digitally. The plaintiff and the defendant do not need to appear before court as the oral proceedings are conducted by video conference. On agreement of the parties, the judgment as well can be delivered electronically. more

In April 2018, China enacted a new Law on the participation of citizens in judicial proceedings conducted at the People’s Courts. In an article titled “Laienrichter in China nach dem neuen Schöffengesetz: Mehr als nur Dekoration?” [Lay judges in China under the new People’s Assessors Law: More than mere window-dressing?] Prof. Dr. Knut Benjamin Pißler, head of the China unit at the Max Planck Institute for Private Law, addresses the topics covered by the Law and the consequences that it is likely to carry. The article appears in Vol. 25, No. 3 (2018) of the German Journal of Chinese Law (ZChinR). more

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