The legal education at Xi’an Jiaotong University traces back to early period of Nanyang College. As early as 1901, Nanyang College offered courses on constitutional law, public international law, and international treaty etc. Those courses constituted the precursor of legal education at Xi’an Jiaotong University, which creates one of the earliest legal programs in China. Nanyang College graduated well-known scholars including Wang Chonghui (a PhD graduate from Yale and the first Chinese judge on the Permanent Court of International Justice), Xu Mo (the first Chinese judge at UN) and Li Shutong (the first translator of Chinese private international law works) etc. They made enormous contributions to early legal studies in China.
The legal program at Xi’an Jiaotong University was resumed in 1985, when the university enrolled master students of economic and created one of the oldest graduate programs in economic law in China. In 2008, the School of Law was officially instituted dedicated to building a prestigious, international and research-oriented world-class law school. In 2012, the school was recognized as the education and training base for outstanding legal talents, i.e. the education and training base for practical and all-round legal professionals, and the education and training base for foreign legal talents. In 2014, the school joined Ministry of Commerce, Shaanxi province, and Xi’an Jiaotong University in launching Collaborative Innovation Center for Silk Road Economic Belt Studies by hosting a graceful opening ceremony and convening the first International Forum on Silk Road Economic Belt. Currently, the school offers a broad legal talent education system, encompassing interdisciplinary PhD program in law and governance, first-class legal master program, specialized JM degree program, and legal undergraduate programs. The school enrolls 400 students and is one of the key legal talents education bases in China.
The school has over 50 faculty graduated from domestic and foreign institutions like Cambridge, Oxford, UPenn, Michigan University, and Peking University etc. The school has 1 “Ten Thousand Talents Project”faculty, 2 MOE “Changjiang Scholar” chair professors, 2 MOE “New Century Outstanding Talents Project” faculty, 1 Shaanxi “One Hundred Talents Project” faculty, 3 “Tengfei Talents” distinguished professors, 7 PhD advisors, 11 professors, and 13 associate professors. The school created The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law in partnership with Oxford University Press and the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), edited The Chinese and International Economic Law Series published by Oxford University Press and The Silk Road Studies of International Economic Law published by Brill Academic Publishers. In addition, the school published over 50 publications and textbooks by Chinese and foreign publishers, including Oxford University Press and Peking University Press etc. The school authored over 100 papers on the Chinese and foreign journals including The American Journal of Comparative Law, European Journal of International Law, Social Sciences in China, Chinese Journal of Law, and China Legal Science etc. The school undertook the MOE Key Program on Philosophy and Social Sciences “Studies of Advancing Silk Road Economic Belt Development”, the National Social Sciences Grant Key Program, and a breadth of national, ministerial and provincial social sciences programs and international research programs.
The school boasts excellent teaching facilities, including 1 premier international law library in Asia Pacific region and 1 computer teaching and experimental center. Currently, the school is building a first-rate comprehensive law library. The school also has a broad electronic library, including such law databases as Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Hein-On-Line.
The school sustains close collaborations with world-class law institutions including University of Cambridge, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, King’s College London, Max Planck Institute, and European University Institute etc. On a regular basis, the school dispatches students to those institutions for study-abroad programs.