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Center for International Research 
on Chinese Law and Economics CIRCLE (i.Gr.)1

1. Purpose
Purpose and aim of the CIRCLE is to follow an interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research of law and economics of China, it therefore integrates all main fields of legal studies under the auspices of the chair for Chinese Law - established in 2015 - and members of the faculty of economics. We expect the newly founded CIRCLE to become a vital institution within German academic landscape that engages not only in teaching and research of Chinese law and economics, but engages in an intercultural dialogue between equal partners.

2. Organization
Each major subject in law (public law, criminal law, civil and economic law) and in addition economics are represented within the CIRCLE by one distinct scholar. 

Chinese Law
• Prof. Dr. Georg Gesk (speaker of the CIRCLE)

Civil and Economic Law
• Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs

Public Law
•Prof. Dr. Heike Jochum

Criminal Law
• Prof. Dr. Arndt Sinn

• Prof.Dr. Frank Westermann

The Law Faculty of University of Osnabrück clearly emphasizes economic law and is therefore very often analysing topics that are important in economics too. Both disciplines are offering a high potential for synergies and mutual stimulation. Law is often induced by the need for a reliable framework of economic transactions. Economics has at least in some parts to face the fact that law either facilitates economic exchange or that normative restrictions to economic activities have an adverse economic impact. Both sides therefore profit from a mutual dialogue. This strengthens the interdisciplinary approach of the CIRCLE in its teaching and research activities. 

3. Teaching, academic events, and joint researchApart from China related courses, members of the CIRCLE are offering joint events. A first interdisciplinary symposium will be held in September 2016. Joint conferences and research projects with Chinese partners have already started and will intensify over the years.

4. Erasmus+
Since the faculty of law successfully applied for Erasmus+ funding, EU is sponsoring academic exchange of Osnabrück University with greater China (PR China/Taiwan) and allows for intensifying teaching and research programs at Osnabrück. Visiting scholars are offering courses and workshops on a basis that is as frequent as regular. Mobility of professors and students alike is on the increase and leads us to expect further funding.

For the period of winter 2016 to spring 2017, the current Erasmus+ program actively integrates exchange with the following institutions:
• Nanjing University
• National Taiwan University
• National Kaohsiung University

In addition, we have cooperation and close contacts to other Chinese partners, some of them are expected to join a wider exchange through future Erasmus+ mobility:PR China• Anhui University• Anhui University of Finance and Economics• Beijing Normal University• Beijing Union University• Chinese Academy of Social Sciences• China University of Political Science and Law• Qinghua University (Beijing)• Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing)• Wuhan UniversityTaiwan• Hsuan-Chuang University