The cooperation between the Würzburg Faculty of Law and leading Chinese partners has existed for many years at a very high level. As early as 2011, Professor Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf founded the Chinese-German Criminal Law Teachers Association (CDSV), which holds conferences in Würzburg and Beijing every two years. The conference papers are published in the "Schriftenreihe zum Ostasiatischen Strafrecht" (Series on East Asian Criminal Law) edited by Professors Hilgendorf and Genlin Liang (Peking University). The partner faculty for this conference series is Peking University Law School.
Furthermore, the Faculty of Law works closely with Renmin University in the field of technology regulation. A total of five conferences have taken place so far, most recently on the regulation of automated driving.
Numerous texts by Professor Hilgendorf have been translated into Chinese with a selection having been published as an anthology. A further collection of essays is in preparation. In addition, his three-volume case collection on criminal law has been translated into Chinese.
Currently, Professor Hilgendorf's Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Theory, Information Law and Legal Informatics is translating the textbook of a leading Chinese criminal law theorist into German. So far, five people from China have completed their doctorates under Prof. Hilgendorf, and three more doctoral theses are in preparation. Two new virtual conference series, in which Chinese and German experts alternate, deepen the legal exchange between Germany and China.
Prof. Hilgendorf is a member of the "Global Faculty" of Peking University Law School. Both Peking University and Renmin University have awarded him an honorary professorship.
Another source of China expertise at Würzburg Law is Professor Dr. Anja Amend-Traut, who studied Sinology and, since moving to Würzburg, has cultivated cooperation with Peking University, Renmin University and the Law School of Nankai University in Tianjin. Cooperation with Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing (SISU) is also ongoing. The textbook 'Grundkurs Erbrecht' (Basic Course in Inheritance Law), written by Professor Amend-Traut and translated into Chinese for the first time in 2013/14, is currently being reissued with the support of the head of the Centre for German Studies at SISU. A new project on Sino-German relations between 1920 and 1938 is also currently being planned.