On March 28th, 2023, the global information analytics company, Elsevier, released its 2022 "Highly Cited Chinese Researchers" list, featuring 5,216 scholars from 504 universities, enterprises, and research institutions. Among them, 35 scholars in the field of law (including law, political science, and sociology) were listed, and Professor Francis Snyder from Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) was one of seven highly cited researcher in the law.
Elsevier's "Highly Cited Chinese Researchers" list uses the globally authoritative citation and indexing database, Scopus, as the statistical source for Chinese scholars' research achievements, analyzing their research performance. The list has been released nine times since its first publication in 2015 and has received high attention from many media and scholars at home and abroad.
Professor Francis Snyder is the C.V. Starr Professor of Law, EU Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, and Director of STL's Center for Research on Transnational Law. He studied at Yale University and Sciences Po in Paris, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He previously served as Dean of the Law School at the European University Institute in Florence, Co-Director of the Academy of European Law, Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Aix-Marseille, and Professor of Law at the University of London. He has also visited law schools in Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. Professor Snyder is an expert in EU law and international economic law. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the European Review of Law, and has authored over 40 books, including "The European Union and China (1949-2008): Basic Documents and Commentaries," and published over 200 academic papers. In 2018, he was awarded the China Friendship Award, which is the highest award given by the Chinese government to foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress. In 2019, he was awarded the "Yanyuan Friendship Award" from Peking University, which is mainly awarded to high-level foreign experts who have worked at the university for a long time and achieved outstanding results.