STL’s LL.M. Program
Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) is unique in China and in the world. STL’s LL.M. program is rich in courses emphasizing transnational law and practice, Chinese and Western law and legal traditions, and other cutting-edge courses designed to equip STL graduates of all nationalities for law practice and leadership in advanced economies based on technological innovation, global financial services and internationalization. LL.M. graduates will emerge from their the program as lawyers uniquely equipped for leadership in today’s interconnected world, with deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese and Western law and legal traditions and with the practical skills necessary for cross-cultural success. LL.M. graduates from STL will go on to distinguished careers in private sector, public sector, public interest legal work, and legal academia around the world.
Peking University (“PKU”) is one of the most distinguished research universities in the world. The Times of Higher Education has named PKU the number 1 university in China, the number 1 university in all BRICs nations, the number 2 university in all of Asia, and the 27th most academically renowned university in the world.
Students and Faculty
Students at STL represent the highest-qualified candidates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. International students at STL are classmates with students who are among the most academically talented in China.
STL has assembled a distinguished multinational faculty of leading scholars and practitioners from China, the U.S., the E.U., and elsewhere. The faculty includes scholars of international trade law, food safety policy, public international law, investment treaty arbitration, intellectual property, securities regulation, comparative corporate governance, law and economic development, Chinese legal history and philosophy, Chinese environmental and administrative law, innovation in legal services, China civil law, and several other important fields.
Hear from STL Alumni
Alejandra Tapia, LL.M., inPanama/Hong Kong
Nicholas Kihangire, LL.M. student
STL’s curriculum emphasizes lawyering skills and knowledge for the 21st century: (i) transnational law and practice, (ii) cross-cultural competence, (iii) the ability to contend with the complex legal and factual issues characteristic of advanced economies based on technological innovation and global financial services, and (iv) the professional responsibilities of lawyers in these contexts.
STL equips students with deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese and Western legal, commercial and cultural traditions, knowledge that is essential for leadership in today’s inter-connected world and that is prized by the world’s leading law firms, companies, government offices, NGOs and universities.
Shenzhen–A Dynamic City
STL is located in Shenzhen, renowned as China’s “Silicon Valley” and one of the world’s leading centers of innovation and finance. Just forty years ago, Shenzhen was a small agricultural and fishing village. Its transformation began in 1980, when Deng Xiaoping declared the city China’s first “Special Economic Zone,” intended to lead the “opening” of China to the West. Between 1980 and 2016, Shenzhen’s GDP in real terms grew at an average annual rate of 22 percent, the highest in China, and the city transformed from an economy based on agriculture to one based on manufacturing, and then from manufacturing to one based on technological innovation and services. Today, Shenzhen’s population is approaching 20 million, and it is home to such world leading technology giants as Tencent, Huawei, DJI Drones, BGI, BYD and ZTE.
Shenzhen is Hong Kong’s closest Mainland neighbor, only minutes to the north. Both are located at the mouth of China’s Pearl River Delta, where the Pearl River empties into the Shenzhen Bay and the South China Sea. The World Bank recognizes the Pearl River Delta as the world’s largest and most populous single metropolitan area, an evolving “Megacity” expected to reach a population of 80 million as a result of the most rapid urbanization in human history.
Shenzhen also serves as a principal gateway for China’ s “Belt and Road Initiative,” which reflects China’s plan for deeper economic engagement with nations to its west – essentially all of Central, South and Southeast Asia, Eurasia and East Africa. The Initiative includes a China-led USD $1.3 trillion investment in an infrastructure of roads, high-speed rail, telecommunications, pipelines and ports interconnecting China with all of Central, South and Southeast Asia, Eurasia and East Africa. The Belt and Road Initiative has been called the “new face of globalisation.”