Professor Dr. Stephan Jaggi’s New Book Provides “Seminal Analysis” of 1989 Revolution in East Germany

DSC_1363_meitu_0Professor Dr. Stephan Jaggi’s new book, The 1989 Revolution in East Germany and its Impact on Unified Germany’s Constitutional Law – The Forgotten Revolution? (Hart and Nomos 2016), is receiving critical acclaim as a “path-breaking” and “seminal analysis” of East Germany’s 1989 Revolution.

World-renowned constitutional law and public policy scholar Bruce Ackerman, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, says of Professor Jaggi’s book that, “This path-breaking book provides a new framework for the deeper understanding of German constitutional development – challenging conventional wisdom with striking new insights into the dynamics of reunification after 1989.”

Donald P. Kommers, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School, says:

“This book is a seminal analysis of East Germany’s peaceful revolution of 1989. It explodes the prevailing assumption that German unity was little more than an all-out takeover of the East German state under the auspices of West Germany’s Basic Law.  It underscores the success – not the failure – of the East German citizens’ movement as a major constitutional event.  Jaggi’s narrative documents in masterly detail the all-but-forgotten victories the movement had achieved in areas such as housing, land reform, environmental protection, social welfare, gender equality, and social property rights, several of which were constitutionally redefined in unified Germany as obligatory state goals. … This book is a ‘must-read’ for any student fascinated by constitutional decision-making in the aftermath of a popular revolutionary moment.”

Peter E. Quint, the Jacob A. France Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, says, “In his new book, Professor Jaggi presents a provocative and original view of the continuing importance of the ideas of the 1989 citizens’ movement in East Germany and the influence of those ideas on the constitutional law of united Germany.  The views advanced in this carefully researched and impressive work will be of importance for anyone interested in German unification and its political and constitutional consequences.”

In his book, Professor Jaggi takes the position that it is wrong to reduce the meaning of the 1989 Revolution in East Germany to bringing about German unification and an unconditional adoption of West German constitutional law by the East German states.  He argues that the Revolution had its own constitutional agenda, parts of which were transferred to unified Germany and integrated, mostly by the Federal Constitutional Court, into the West German constitutional order.  Professor Jaggi’s analysis demonstrates that unified Germany’s constitutional law is, at least partly, a co-production of East German revolutionaries and the old Federal Republic, thereby offering a groundbreaking new perspective to this field of legal and historical scholarship.

Stephan Jaggi is a constitutional law expert focusing on German, U.S., and comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory.  Before joining STL in 2013, he had a distinguished career as a judge in Germany, most recently as Judge at the Court of Appeals of the State of Schleswig-Holstein/Germany.  He holds a German doctoral degree (Dr. iur.) from the University of Freiburg, an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, and an American doctoral degree (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School.  Professor Jaggi’s first book, Strategic Alliances in the European Telecommunications Sector, has been published by Nomos in 2003. Professor Jaggi teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Justice at STL.


STL Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Summer Honors Program


Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), on PKU’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus, is the only law school in the world that combines an American-style Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) with a China law Juris Master degree (J.M.). STL provides an academically rigorous, bilingual program of legal education that prepares students for the mixture of Common Law, civil law, and Chinese legal traditions increasingly characteristic of the global economy.

We invite you to experience STL’s cutting-edge program by joining our 2018 Summer Honors Program (SHP). At SHP, you will be:

  • Challenged in dynamic classroom discussions with STL’s leading multinational faculty and an elite group of fellow students with whom you will develop lifelong memories;
  • Introduced to an entirely different way of thinking by STL’s unique method of instruction—the Socratic Method;
  • Inspired by the exciting and diverse career paths of STL graduates and motivated by the drive and achievements of STL students and faculty;
  • Empowered by the confidence you will develop as a result of expanding your cross-cultural awareness and understanding; and
  • Welcomed by STL’s warm and open community.


July 28 to August 4, 2018 (includes visit to Hong Kong)


Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus located in Shenzhen, one of China’s most innovative and attractive cities.


Enrollment is limited to 100 students who will be divided into sections of 50 each.


A detailed schedule will be forthcoming. Past SHP activities have included interactive J.D. and J.M. classes taught in English and Chinese by STL’s distinguished multinational faculty; moot court competitions; discussion sessions with current STL students and STL graduates; and visits to leading Shenzhen-based companies (e.g., Huawei; Vanke Industries) and important government and judicial offices (e.g., Hong Kong High Court; Legislative Council).

Application Requirements

  • Junior students from key universities in China (mostly universities among the 985 or 211 project); academic performance at a level recognized for distinction is expected;
  • Students from HK, Macau, Taiwan and abroad are welcome; non-Chinese citizen applicants must have a valid passport;
  • High English proficiency assessed through TOFEL, IELTS, GRE, CET 4/6, TEM 4/8, or similar English-language tests;
  • All undergraduate majors welcome.

Application Procedures

  1. Please apply through the STL SHP online application portal before June 17, 2018.
  2. After applying online, please also send the electronic application materials to the following email: The title of the email should be “SHP Application: Applicant name + College name + College major.”

Application Checklist

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Personal Statement;
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, and official degree certificates (original or notarized documents with English translations if documents are not in English).
  • A copy of evidence of English Proficiency, or holds satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score;
  • Non-Chinese citizen applicants should submit a copy of evidence of Chinese Proficiency or a sample of written work in Chinese;
  • A copy of passport or identification card.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is 3000 RMB, which includes accommodation, insurance and Hong Kong visit expenses.

SHP students who enroll in STL’s full-time J.D./J.M. program in AY2019-20 will be awarded an “SHP Scholarship” of 3000 RMB during their first year.

Application Deadline

Register for an online application at before June 17, 2018.

Send all application materials via email to before the deadline.

SHP Certificates

At the conclusion of SHP, students will be presented with a personalized “Certificate of Completion” from STL recognizing their successful participation in SHP. SHP students wishing to apply to STL’s J.D./J.M. program for admission in 2019 will be asked to submit a personal essay following the conclusion of SHP. The essay will be afforded substantial weight in STL’s admissions process.

For further information, please visit STL’s web site:, or contact the Summer Honors Program Office at

STL Student Named Elite Schwarzman Scholar

王腾 - 副本Wang Teng, a 4L student at Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), has been selected as a 2017-18 Schwarzman Scholar, an elite scholarship program for top graduate students.

Wang Teng is one of 129 Scholars chosen from around the world to earn a fully-funded scholarship to study at the new Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  The one-year master’s degree program for Schwarzman Scholars “is designed to prepare its graduates to build stronger relationships between China and a rapidly changing world and to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century.”  Each Scholar will earn a degree in global affairs with a focus in one of three areas:  public policy, economics and business, or international studies.

As a Schwarzman Scholar, Wang Teng will focus his studies on public policy.  Longer-term, he is interested in reforming the judicial system and improving social justice in China.

“It will be an exciting new journey.  I greatly appreciate the wonderful platform STL provided me. Besides the unique curriculum with cutting-edge legal knowledge, my interest in improving and reforming China’s judicial system was inspired and enhanced during my study in STL,” said Wang Teng.

“Wang Teng’s well-earned recognition in the highly selective Schwarzman Scholars program reflects well on STL’s standing as a law school that graduates future leaders.  The faculty is proud of Wang Teng’s achievement.  We are confident he will excel as a Schwarzman Scholar, just as he has as a student at STL,” said Philip McConnaughay, dean of STL.

Wang Teng joined STL in 2013 and will graduate in July 2017 with a dual degree Common Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) and China Law Juris Master (J.M.).  STL is the only law school in the world to offer a combined J.D./J.M. program of study.  Wang Teng earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Xiamen University in 2011.  He spent his senior year of college studying political science at American University in Washington D.C. as an exchange student; he spent part of his 3L year at STL as an exchange student at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law studying European Union law and international law.  Among his many accomplishments, Wang Teng served as editor-in-chief of the Peking University Transnational Law Review, received the National Scholarship for graduate students, and interned at King & Wood Mallesons Beijing office.

The Schwarzman Scholars program, which recognizes academic excellence, leadership accomplishment, and significant promise to contribute to a deeper understanding across cultures, was founded and largely funded by Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of Blackstone, a global investment firm.  Schwarzman contributed $100 million USD to establish the program and is overseeing a campaign to raise an additional $350 million USD from private sources to fully endow the program.

To view the full list of Schwarzman Scholars, please click here.

Francis Snyder Authors Groundbreaking New Book on Food Safety Policy in China

_MG_0521C.V. Starr Professor of Law Francis Snyder has authored the first major scholarly study of the development of food safety law in China. In his groundbreaking new book, Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law, Professor Snyder traces the development of China food safety law and policy from the 2008 melamine infant formula crisis to today. He demonstrates that advances in China’s food safety standards during this period were influenced heavily by cross-border factors, as well as by institutions deeply embedded in Chinese society. Substantial challenges remain for China’s approach to food safety law and policy, but Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law offers numerous proposals for possible solutions. Ultimately, Professor Snyder predicts that China will embark on a regulatory path that both incorporates lessons learned from other countries and provides new strategies from which the rest of the world will learn.

“This book is the culmination of wide-ranging research and practical experience about food safety, which today is a world-wide issue of public health. I hope that it will make a significant contribution to our understanding of how transnational food safety law develops and how the safety and quality of food in China and in other countries can be improved,” remarked Professor Snyder.

Francis Snyder is a world-renowned scholar of WTO and international economic law, EU Law, EU-China relations, and transnational law. He is a leading scholarly voice on China’s food safety law and policy. He has been invited to serve as the leading foreign expert to China’s Central Government for reform of the food safety system in China. He is a member of the Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC), State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), of the People’s Republic of China. In 2013, Professor Snyder was presented with a commemorative crystal ball by China’s Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhang Jianguo, in appreciation of his pioneering research and scholarship regarding food safety policy in China. He is on the list of arbitrators of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SCIETAC) / Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) for WTO Law, EU law, and food safety.

New LL.M. Program is Now Accepting Applications

STL’s new LL.M. (Master of Laws) program begins in August, 2015 and is accepting applications until April 15, 2015.  This program is unique in China and unique in the world. It combines courses in transnational law, Western and Chinese law and legal traditions, complex transnational business transactions, and dispute resolution. Studying in Shenzhen, with its close proximity to Hong Kong, offers students the opportunity to study in the world’s fastest growing transnational economy and in the only metropolitan area that brings together the world’s great legal systems.



STL Hosts STL/Kyoto University Joint Student Seminar in International Law

STL recently welcomed students from Kyoto University to participate in a Joint Student Seminar in International Law on May 20 and 21. Over the course of the two-day seminar, six STL students and six Kyoto University students presented papers and addressed a range of emerging international law issues, spanning human rights, investment, trade, arbitration, criminal justice and anti-corruption law. In-depth discussions followed each student presentation, which encouraged critical thinking and idea sharing among the participants. Professor Mark Feldman spearheaded the STL group; Professor Shotaro Hamamoto led the Kyoto University group. STL and Kyoto University are looking forward to more academic exchanges in the future.

STL Students Visit the Headquarter of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

In the afternoon of 28 January 2015, Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) students were invited to visit the Headquarter of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) in Shenzhen and had a nice talk with the managers from Huawei’s Legal Department.

To begin with, Huawei arranged a wonderful presentation in its high-tech F1 Exhibition Hall and showed its outstanding achievements in communication and consumer products. After that, students and managers from Huawei’s Legal Department had a pleasant meeting. During the meeting, Huawei’s managers gave a brief introduction of Huawei and its legal division. Now Huawei is a multinational corporation and desires all kinds of talents to keep the growth continue. As for Legal Department, Huawei has a sophisticated system for personal development and promotion to ensure that everyone receives equal treatment. Subsequently, STL students discussed their concerns about career in Huawei’s Legal Department with the managers.

This visit provides a great opportunity for STL students to know Huawei and its Legal Department better and is another step of cooperation between STL and Huawei.

STL Celebrates the Class of 2015

On Friday, July 3, 2015, the STL community celebrated the fourth Commencement Ceremony of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law. The commencement recognized the extraordinary achievement of the 67 students who entered STL in 2011 and who graduated in 2015 after successfully completing four extremely demanding, rigorous years of law school, for which they have been awarded two degrees, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Juris Master (J.M.). Like the STL graduates before them, the 2015 graduates are leaving STL for positions of leadership that will serve them, the law school, their families, and China extremely well — (i) as lawyers with leading Chinese and foreign law firms, Fortune 100 companies, State-Owned Enterprises, highly selective government offices, and top public interest organizations around the world; (ii) as clerks with important courts and tribunals in China and abroad; and (iii) as post-doctoral students at leading universities like Beida, Harvard, and Vanderbilt.

During the commencement ceremony, the graduates and their families and friends heard from Philip McConnaughay, Dean of STL and Vice Chancellor of the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School; Hai Wen, Vice Chairman of the Peking University Council, Acting Chancellor of the Shenzhen Graduate School, and Dean of the HSBC School of Business; STL’s Founding Dean Jeffrey Lehman; Professor Jin Zining; graduating students Zheng Tianyuan and Liu Xiinger; and the keynote speaker, Judge Liang Xiangyang of the First Circuit Court of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China.

On July 4, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School celebrated its campus-wide commencement.  STL Professor Mark Feldman was invited to give the address on behalf of the PKUSZ faculty.

Congratulations Class of 2015!

Peking University Transnational Law Review Publishes Volume 2, Issue 2

After all the editors’ hard and conscientious work, Peking University Transnational Law Review published its Volume 2, Issue 2. This issue covers a broad area of law, including five articles, a book review, a student’s note and the Law Review’s supplemental rule for Bluebook on Chinese sources. You may access the digital version of this issue by visiting our website, or through various databases like HeinOnline, Lexis China, and Chinalawinfo. In the near future, Peking University Transnational Law Review will be available and accessible on Westlaw, LexisNexis, CNKI and other databases.

Peking University Transnational Law Review is committed to providing an important academic forum for scholarly debate with its unique transnational and comparative perspectives. The new issue will make a positive contribution to the legal scholarship, both domestic and international.


The articles include Professor Francis Snyder’s writing on the WTO Trade Policy Review Mechanism on China’s food safety issues and its influence on the reform of Chinese food safety law and improvement of food safety in China; Professor Nansulhun Choi and Professor Sang Yop Kang’s analysis of a chaebol (large family corporate groups) controller’s incentive mechanism, private benefit extraction, and the controlling minority structure in Korea; Professor Seth Chertok’s paper on why the joint agencies shouldn’t apply the Volcker Rule to private equity real estate funds; Professor Zhu Daming’s discussion on the origin and current situation of the institution of corporate divestiture in China, pointing out its existing problem and the possible way to reform; and Patrick Jiang’s article  introducing a few critical misunderstandings about the precautionary principle in the context of EU law, and developing a clear and uniform interpretation of this principle.

Professor Mark Feldman’s book review discusses Karl P. Sauvant and Federico Ortino’s report Improving the International Investment Law and Policy Regime: Options for the Future and foresees the development of international investment law.

The student’s note written by Zhou Yu reveals a blind spot of the latest judicial reform proposal in China – the judicial mandate of its review authority, especially the authority mandate for the local courts.

Professor Thomas Man attended the Second International Symposium on Sino Swiss Evidence Science

Professor Thomas Man attended the Second International Symposium on Sino Swiss Evidence Science held in Lausanne, Switzerland, September 5 – 9.

The theme of the conference is “Exploring Scientific Evidence and Judicial Proof in an International Perspective.” More than 30 legal scholars and forensic scientists from Switzerland, China, the United States, Australian, New Zealand and other European countries attended the conference.

Professor Man presented a paper titled “Understanding Chinese Forensic Examination” at the plenary session and chaired a panel on forensic examination and the legal process.

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