PhD in Law
The program is formally known as PhD in Law, majoring in International and Comparative Law. The program welcomes research proposals in a wide range of research areas, such as international law, comparative law, commercial law, human rights law, maritime law, law of WTO, law of the seas, international environmental law, and etc.
The purpose of the program is to provide advanced academic trainings to candidates who feel more comfortable in using English as a medium of study. To promote advanced and high leveled legal exchange and co-operation between CUPL and foreign students or academics is also one of the major concerns of the program.
Curriculum and Credits Awarded
A PhD candidate must obtain a minimum of 11 credits to fulfill the requirements for the award of the PhD degree. A candidate may obtain credits by attending designated courses and writing research papers as directed by his/her supervisor. The courses offered to PhD students are set out as follows:
Introduction to Chinese Law (compulsory), 3 credits，54 contact hours
Two special courses as designated or offered by supervisor, each course may carry 2-3 credits depending on actual contact hours (36 or 54 contact hours).
Besides the compulsory course of Introduction to Chinese Law, the supervisor of a PhD candidate shall direct the candidate to take any of the courses offered in the LLM program as she/he deems necessary for the completion of the proposed PhD research. The supervisor may also decide to offer a special course relating to the area of research as proposed by the candidate. Each PhD candidate must submit at least two study reports and two annual research papers during the term of his/her candidacy. Each of such report or paper is worth 1 credit. A candidate must obtain a minimum of 11 credits by attending taught courses and writing study reports and annual research papers to be qualified for the submission of his/her PhD dissertation.
Period of Study
A PhD degree normally takes about three years to complete. An extension of time may be available upon the request by the relevant candidate, and the maximum period of study is six years from the date of admission. In case of extension, an extension fee as determined by the program shall apply.
Mode of Teaching for Taught Courses
Intensive teaching on Saturday and Sunday (7 hours/per day) is the major mode of teaching for taught courses. Summer courses may also be available depending on the availability of the lecturer and the demand from students. The mode of teaching for the special course offered by each supervisor is determined by the supervisor in consultation with the candidate(s) concerned.
Dissertation and Supervision
A PhD candidate must submit a dissertation of about 100,000 words in length to fulfill the requirements for the award of the PhD degree. A supervisory panel consisting of 3 academic members of the Faculty of International Law, CUPL, will be appointed for each PhD candidate during the first academic year of his/her candidacy. An outside member may be invited to join the supervisory panel as the Dean of the Faculty of International Law deems necessary. A candidate must have obtained the minimum 11 credits for graduation and defended his/her dissertation successfully in front a panel of five members before the PhD degree can be awarded.
The program is open only to foreign nationals and overseas Chinese from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The applicant must possess a formal master degree recognized by the Ministry of Education of China, and demonstrate an ability to pursue independent academic researches in the area of study as proposed by him/her. Due consideration will be given to the relevance between the applicant’s educational backgrounds and working experiences on one hand, and the proposed research area on the other.