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Basic Information

Law and Society Center, KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (hereinafter "the Center") is an interdisciplinary research institution for the purpose of the in-depth exploration of the relationship and interaction between law and society in the background of globalization, with a special focus on various legal matters in the social transformation of China.

Mission and Purpose

Committed to becoming a world-renowned platform for law and society research, we take on the real questions and issues in the world and in China.  We endeavor to train both high-quality socio-legal researchers with the ability of reflexive rationality and creativeness and practitioners with expertise in various aspects of institutional innovation. We also aim at the promotion of the academic cooperation and communication both within China and internationally.

Research Areas

Targeting on the fast development and transformation of China, and focusing on the research of governance in the risk society and the judicial reform, we do empirical studies on various legal phenomena, make institutional comparisons, and develop cultural interpretations of such phenomena.  We emphasize both on the accumulation of objective data, and on the abstract reasoning and construction of theoretical models.  Based on our research, we also endeavor to produce analytical reports as well as policy proposals to the legislative, judicial and administrative authorities.

The major research areas of the Center include: study of competition of different institutions, law in the risk society, judicial reform, legal profession and legal ethics, law and economics, law and culture, legal anthropology, law and development, law and psychology, etc.

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Honorary Director: Lawrence M. Friedman

Director: Ji Weidong

Executive Deputy Director: Cheng Jinhua

Deputy Director: Xu Xianghua,  Liu Sida

Assistant Director: Bin Kai

The Center boasts of a prominent group of professors and practitioners of law as its researchers.  It enjoys a Consulting Committee composed of internationally renowned scholars in the realm of Law and Society.  It also has various other positions like guest researcher, visiting researcher, etc.

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