Call for Papers: “Sino-Dutch Public Law Forum”

Start date

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018, 09:00

End date

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018, 17:00

Haidian Campus, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China
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14 April 2018: Beijing, China

The importance of universities in contemporary knowledge-driven societies can hardly be overstated. In recent years universities have been confronted with different expectations of the societies they serve. These expectations can be grouped under three headings: autonomy, accountability and accessibility.

Firstly, with regard to accessibility, there are growing demands for equal access to and affordability of higher education. In China, these issues have long been debated under the background of household registration reform, financial reform and other reforms. Recently, there has been a stronger focus on safety within institutions for higher education. In different European countries, there have been incidents arising from aggressive students who harm or threaten to harm the safety of other students and staff members. Questions arise as to whether these students could be barred from entering universities. This constitutes part of the contemporary discussions on the accessibility of higher education.

Secondly, both the importance of higher education for modern societies and the lives of individual students call for more accountability. On the one hand, this leads to questions regarding the legal rights of students to participate in the decision-making process. On the other hand, this also raises questions about the responsibilities with regard to quality control of higher education. Should such control be organized as a system of peer review in which the government only sets some minimum quality standards, or does the importance of higher education justify more profound government involvement?

Bearing the above-mentioned issue in mind, we arrive at the third topic - autonomy. What kind of freedom do universities have to regulate their internal affairs? Do universities have a claim to academic freedom and do scholars have a claim to academic freedom from universities? If yes, what is the scope of such claims? Questions of autonomy also arises within relations between universities and students. To what extent can universities claim its autonomy on student administration? Can judicial intervention in this context be justified? Are there alternative mechanisms of regulating “academic freedom”?

These issues are cross-jurisdictional instead of country-specific, which makes a comparative perspective meaningful. Having this in mind, we are pleased to announce the opening of the “Sino-Dutch Public Law Forum” with the theme of this year’s conference “Accessibility, Accountability and Autonomy of Higher Education: China, Europe and Beyond”. We invite senior and junior scholars to submit abstracts on the following three topics:

  • Accountability of higher education
  • Accessibility of higher education
  • Autonomy of higher education

We are looking for legal-historical analysis, empirical-legal studies and theoretical constructions. Both country-specific and cross-jurisdictional discussions are welcomed. In order to encourage young scholars’ academic involvement, we will have a special panel for Ph.D. candidates and master students. Senior scholars will be invited to sit on this panel and give constructive feedback.

Our confirmed speakers include:

  • Charles Russo, Professor, University of Dayton, US
  • Pieter Huisman, Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Jingbo WANG, Professor, China University of Political Science and Law, China
  • Xin LI, Professor, Capital Normal University, China
  • Suping SHEN, Professor, Renmin University, China
  • Stefan Phillipsen, Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Submission Procedure
Authors are invited to submit short abstracts of a maximum 500 words to by 30 December 2017. Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by 5 January 2018. The deadline for submitting a whole paper (and/or PPT) is 31 March 2018 (maximum 10,000 words). Speakers are asked to prepare a maximum 10 minutes presentation based on their papers. We kindly ask all submitters to include a short CV and contact
information with your submission. We accept both English and Chinese submissions and endeavor to make opportunities for following-up publications.

Date and Venue
Date: 14 April 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Haidian Campus, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China

Department of Administrative Law, Law School, CUPL (China)
Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands)